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Earlier this year (see SIW 1,467) we reported on our cross-segment ClarkSea Index laying down a new marker, with the average in Q1 the strongest for over a decade. Since then, with positive sentiment enduring in many shipping sectors, progress has continued and we now have another milestone to report: in May-21, the ClarkSea Index averaged its highest level since Sep-08, before the financial crisis.

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A year on from the peak impact of Covid-19 on world seaborne trade, overall volumes have made a strong recovery, returning to positive year-on-year growth territory earlier this year. Following the major variations within 2020, comparing volumes so far this year to the pre-Covid period provides a useful indication of which sectors of trade have seen the firmest recovery and which still have ground to make up.

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Our reporting on the ‘Fuelling Transition’ (see our 5th update on World Fleet Register) has illustrated how slower average vessel speeds have helped shipping take some initial steps towards a lower carbon future. Although vessel speeds in some sectors are currently rising against a backdrop of improved markets, this is still in the context of a long-term downward trend.

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Last week we reported on some of the recent dramatic swings in asset pricing (see SIW 1,468), noting that these shifts were taking place against the backdrop of an extremely active S&P market. Indeed, after recovering quickly and robustly from the lows of Q2-20, the volume of secondhand sales has jumped to new records in recent months, with the March total an all-time high.

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In addition to the variations in vessel earnings following the impacts of Covid-19, there have also been some dramatic swings in asset prices. Against the backdrop of a record surge in secondhand sales activity in recent months, a review of the high-level trends makes compelling reading for asset players, and highlights the magnitude of some of the vessel price dynamics.

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Much of the analysis of the impacts of Covid-19 has focussed on major short-term shipping market variations and also the benefits from “disruption upside”. 2021 so far has seen more positive sentiment developing across many shipping sectors, and our ClarkSea Index has laid down a new marker, registering the best Q1 average since back in 2008, before the global financial crisis.

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Extracted from our upcoming Shipping Review & Outlook, this week’s Analysis profiles recovering trade volumes, an encouraging supply side, the increasingly central role of Green Transition and elements of improved sentiment. While uncertainties around the nature of recovery and pressures from the pandemic remain, our projections suggest trade will return to pre-Covid levels in 2021 and reach 12bn tonnes.

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As the shipping industry embarks upon an unprecedented programme of investment and fleet renewal in order to meet emissions targets, we have been profiling progress so far in the uptake of Alternative Fuels, ESTs, “Eco” engines, scrubbers and port facilities (see SIW 1,450, 1,452). This week we drill down on progress in the bulkcarrier sector, a segment accounting for a significant 35% of global fleet tonnage. .

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After a uniquely challenging year for the shipping industry, our first Analysis of the year reviews some of the dramatic trends from a Covid-19 dominated 2020. Benefiting from elements of “disruption upside”, our cross-segment ClarkSea Index actually ended the year down only 2% y-o-y, experiencing its second highest year since 2010 (after 2019) despite global seaborne trade falling 3.8% to 11.5bn tonnes.

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

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.

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