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In such a volatile business as shipping, it is commonly held that shipowners are “paid to take the risk”. As a result of this, earnings from their assets may often be thin whilst they bide their time for the “days in the sun” when they enjoy earnings at the top end of the market range where they make a significant share of their money. Here we take a close look at this distribution of owners’ earnings.

For the full version of this article, please go to Shipping Intelligence Network.

The shipping industry has faced some challenging times since the global financial crisis, including some tough markets and for many a difficult financing environment. However, to keep the wheels of the world economy turning shipping still requires substantial investment, and here we track the total in the post-downturn decade 2009-18 – still a cool one trillion dollars!

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Over the last year or so, it has been clear that risks to the seaborne demand environment have been increasing. While there are still plenty of positive drivers, a number of headwinds have clearly developed, and projections for seaborne trade growth in 2019 have been revised downwards since the start of the year. What factors are having the biggest impact, and where have revisions been most pronounced?

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This year, the shipping industry is expected to transport 12bn tonnes of cargo. That’s double the volume shipped in 2000 and four times the trade in 1980; the result of economic growth and globalisation. Dry bulk and container trade were at the heart of this in the boom of the 2000s, but both over time and across sectors the seaborne trade growth environment continues to evolve.

 

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One of the most important building blocks of shipping market economics is the concept of the ‘delivered cost’ of a commodity and freight’s part within it. In general, the freight element of the cost of delivering (i.e. selling from the point of origin and shipping to the buyer) of a commodity is only a limited part of the total delivered cost. This has key implications for shipping market behaviour.

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The US has traditionally been one of the most significant importers of energy commodities globally, given its large population’s heavy demand for energy (12.8 MWh/capita in 2016, treble that of China). However, US seaborne energy imports peaked in 2005, and more recently exports have taken off, owing to the shale boom. This led to the US becoming a net seaborne exporter of energy commodities in 2018.

For the full version of this article, please go to Shipping Intelligence Network.

The S&P markets have been highly active in recent years, with over 7,000 vessels sold since the start of 2014, and 2017 marking a record year in tonnage and value terms. The Analysis in SIW 1364 examined which sectors have seen large volumes, but looking at the flow of ships between owner nationalities is also illuminating, with most of the liquidity in the market linked to owners in a small number of countries.

For the full version of this article, please go to Shipping Intelligence Network.