After stamping on the brakes in 2020, the car carrier sector is going through the gears nicely this year, and is now seeing the strongest market conditions since before the financial crisis as improved demand and ‘disruption upside’ factors have lent significant support. Detailed analysis will be available in the upcoming edition of Car Carrier Trade & Transport, but here we take a look at some of the key themes…

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This week’s Shipping Intelligence Weekly is Issue Number 1,500, which provides an ideal opportunity to look back at how the shipping sector has evolved over the last 500 issues since December 2011, as well as all the way back to the very first issue in early 1992. As Clarksons Research statistics show, there’s been plenty to track, including continued growth in the size of the industry since issue 1,000…

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The world shipping fleet has grown by >39,000 vessels since start 2000, and by >6,000 in the last 5 years (expanding by 7%, and 17% in GT). However, growing vessel numbers has not been a uniform trend across maritime. Notably, key offshore sectors are seeing unit numbers drop, and some shipping segments have also seen numbers ease. Here we take a closer look, and consider some of the drivers.

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Every year, readers of Shipping Intelligence Weekly are invited to submit their predictions of the value of the ClarkSea Index at the start of November the following year. This time a year ago, there seemed to be optimism that the improvements filtering through to most shipping markets after the mid-2020 lows would continue. However, few could have predicted the extent of improvements that have developed.

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As we’ve reviewed previously (see SIW 1,466 and 1,476), the container shipping markets have had an extraordinary 2021, with repeated record highs in container freight rates and containership charter rates, surging asset values as well as major port congestion and disruption to supply chains. “Knock-on” effects elsewhere in shipping have also been significant; here we take a look at some of the impacts.

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Amid soaring gas prices and an ongoing supply crunch, global attention has been focussed on gas markets recently. Upheaval has emerged despite a rapid expansion of global gas supply over the last twenty years. Offshore output has played an important role in this growth, and, with the gas sector grabbing the headlines, it’s a good time to look at how this has evolved, and might develop in the next few years.

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The LNG sector has seen a number of new records set this year, including soaring gas prices in recent months and the highest ever spot charter rates in early 2021. Against this backdrop, LNG carrier supply trends have been less high profile, but new markers have been reached here too; deliveries in Jan-Sep reached a new high of 8m cbm, pushing LNG carrier fleet capacity to over 100m cbm for the first time.

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Supply chain “bottlenecks” have made international headlines this year, and in SIW 1,481 we profiled the impact of port congestion on containership and bulkcarrier market conditions. This week we return to the subject to take another look at the impact across shipping, using our port congestion indices (see SIN) to provide updated statistics, put the congestion into context, and identify some of the “hotspots”.

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2021 looks set to be a marquee year for shipowners in many sectors, with recent Analysis in SIW 1476 and SIW 1492 exploring the impact of surging containership and bulkcarrier earnings. On the other side of the coin, the recovery in shipping markets has also sparked something of a resurgence in newbuilding activity. After the first three quarters of the year, how are shipbuilders faring so far?

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While the bulkcarrier sector has recorded extremely impressive market gains so far this year, it has generally been upstaged by the containership sector which has seen a ‘perfect storm’ driving record freight and charter rates. However, with Capesize spot earnings surging to almost $70,000/day for the first time in over a decade, the firmest bulkcarrier markets since 2008 are now firmly back in the spotlight…

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