Although the shipping industry is only at the start of a unprecedented investment program around fleet renewal ($1 trillion of newbuild orders this decade?) and shoreside infrastructure to deal with emissions reduction, this week’s Analysis features extracts from our latest Fuelling Transition series profiling important progress so far in uptake of Alternative Fuels, ESTs, “Eco” engines, scrubbers and port facilities.

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2020 has seen major disruption to the shipping markets and a “shock” to seaborne trade. Volumes in many sectors are now returning, but on a full year basis global seaborne trade is still set to have fallen (latest estimate: -3.6% in tonnes) . However, one underlying trade trend of recent years has sustained, with the “average haul” of seaborne trade looking set to have increased for the fifth consecutive year.

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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. Of course none of our entrants could have predicted the major challenges and disruption seen across the shipping industry this year, but it can still be useful to review where sentiment was a year ago and how the markets have evolved since.

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With 2020 so far having been clearly dominated by impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic and characterised by major short-term variations in market conditions, in some shipping sectors the second half of the year has so far been shaping up quite differently to the first. The bulkcarrier sector is one illustration of this, with the Capesize market for example having seen different dynamics in recent months.

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This year so far has seen major disruption to seaborne trade volumes from the Covid-19 pandemic (see SIW 1,443), but significant trends have also been apparent on the supply side. Despite underlying fleet growth, trends in floating storage, scrubber retrofitting, and ‘idle’ boxship capacity have led to sometimes dramatic developments in ‘active’ fleet capacity in the major sectors over recent months.

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Against the backdrop of a container shipping sector improving ahead of the expectations of many, this week the 1-year TC rate for an “old Panamax” containership reached a 9-year high of $18,750/day, more than 4 years after the opening of the new, wider Panama Canal locks that some believed would usher in a steady demise for the vessels in this sector.

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In this week’s Analysis we preview extracts from our latest Fuelling Transition report. Besides our usual update on regulation, technology uptake including alternative fuels, economic impacts and future scenarios, we also present additional analysis on CO2 emissions across the industry (shipping is 2.3% of global emissions), within the main shipping fleets and of individual shipping companies.

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Back in April (see SIW 1,418), aggregate port call data helped our “near-term” assessment of the size of the initial “shock” and disruption to shipping market activity from the Covid-19 pandemic. Across the following six months, the data has formed part of our tracking of the ongoing impact (see our ‘Port Call Activity Tracker’ on SIN), and continues to provide context and framework.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the shipping markets this year. Extracted from our forthcoming Shipping Review & Outlook, here we outline the major demand ‘shock’ and initial signs of improvement in some indicators over the summer, as well as the continuation of underlying trends, including the ‘manageable’ supply side and the energy and fuelling transition.

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30 years is a long time in any sphere, and an even longer time in a fast-paced industry like shipping. The markets of the 1980s seem dim and distant, with a heroic boom and a few crises in between. However, one thing today looks similar: the “classic” orderbook as a percentage of the fleet ratio, a yardstick for assessing future supply growth, is now, at 7.4%, as low as it has been since 1989.

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