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It’s the time of year when many of us are in a race to conclude our purchases in time for the holiday season, but shipowners have been busy shopping throughout the year. Both newbuild and secondhand spending have been on the rise, as notable ‘pent-up’ demand combined with attractive markets in many sectors has increased owners’ appetite for tonnage.

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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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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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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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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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The last few years have seen lower volumes of recycling out of the global fleet for a variety of reasons, and remarkably strong markets in some sectors, added to Covid-19 related disruption, have kept volumes subdued in 2021. However, one part of the fleet has become a more common sight at breaking yards, as tough markets, despite recent improvements, have led to increased offshore vessel scrapping.

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Our half year shipping review (see SIW 1,479) profiled “some exceptional individual markets”, and 1H 2021 certainly illustrates how progress in some sectors has been boosted by disruption. Port congestion has hit the headlines and led to notable “disruption upside” for containerships and bulkcarriers in particular. Here we look at some trends indicative of capacity tied up in the various bottlenecks.

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A year ago the Sale and Purchase (S&P) markets were struggling with huge Covid-19 economic uncertainty and the wide ranging logistical challenges of delivering a ship. While difficulties remain (especially around crew transfer), sales volumes have picked up to record levels with over 84m dwt of tonnage bought and sold in the first half and, in some segments, “eye-watering” asset value increases.

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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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