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Six months on from our last Shipping Review & Outlook, an encouraging market recovery has since developed into a range of exceptional market conditions. And stakeholders across maritime are balancing a focus on returning volumes and management of widespread disruption with an increasing urgency to implement regulation and policy around greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

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Connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Panama Canal has been an important waterway for global shipping since the inaugural transit in 1914, and the opening of new, expanded locks in 2016 enabled larger vessels to transit. Today, vessel movements data allows us to track transits on a day-to-day basis, providing insight on specific trends at the Panama Canal, as well as at a sector and macro level.

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On a number of occasions this year (see SIW 1,475 and SIW 1,467) we have reported on our cross-segment ClarkSea Index marking new milestones, including reaching the highest level since September 2008, before the financial crisis, back in May. Since then, the ClarkSea Index has recorded even more notable gains, and at the end of August stood in the top 2% of all values recorded over the last 30 years.

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Global seaborne trade has seen a strong rebound in 2021 so far; volumes were up c.4% y-o-y across Jan-July, according to our Monthly Global Seaborne Trade Indicator. However, with recent y-o-y trends distorted by significant short-term swings in trade last year, taking a look at our selection of volume indicators helps to track the progress so far on the road to regaining pre-pandemic trade levels…

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Having fluctuated only fairly moderately through most the 2010s, the value of the world shipping fleet has risen sharply in 2021 so far to reach an estimated ~$1.2 trillion. Alongside longer-term trends, this notable uptick has largely been driven by increasing asset values, with impressive market conditions in key sectors pushing vessel prices upwards and also impacting the distribution of value across the fleet.

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We have previously reported that 1H 21 was the best first half for our ClarkSea Index vessel earnings indicator since 2008. Meanwhile, ship prices from newbuild, through secondhand to scrap have also set an impressive pace this year, in many cases moving well beyond start 2020 pre-Covid levels. Here we take a look at a range of price indicators to examine the scale of some of the upward swings.

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Shipping markets have seen major variation in recent times, not least as a result of the wide ranging impacts from Covid-19. Whilst there have been numerous ‘complexities’ impacting market trends over time, vessel earnings have also continued to vary markedly across ships of different generations or fitted with various technologies, demonstrating the importance of tracking increasingly ‘tiered’ markets.

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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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