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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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Last week SIW reported that the world shipping fleet (100+ GT) had crossed the 100,000 vessel mark for the first time (see page 14). This week we mark this impressive milestone by taking a look at the world fleet’s progress to six figures, the key statistics as it reached this mark and the components of the fleet’s expansion, before reflecting on the potential nature of the fleet’s future development…

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The shipping markets have seen major short-term variation and clear examples of ‘disruption upside’ since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Notably in recent times, container shipping markets have surged (see SIW 1,454), and the gas carrier markets are another sector which saw a markedly positive period. Rates are now falling back, but the spike was notable given the pressures seen earlier in 2020.

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As part of our Green Transition work, this week’s Analysis reviews a rapidly growing market with huge potential: Offshore Renewables. 2020 was a record year for start ups (18 farms, 5.6 GW) and, for the first time, CAPEX committed overtook offshore oil and gas ($51bn vs $41bn). Investments into the “wind” fleet are also gathering pace, with pressures to limit emissions and be “green” across the supply chain.

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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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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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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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For many years, SIW has been taking economic statistics and arranging them into a “shipping context”. Prime amongst these has been industrial production (IP) growth, a major element of world economic activity and a key driver of seaborne trade. The Covid-19 crisis illustrates how the statistics can help capture shipping’s underlying “macro” backdrop.

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While indicators suggest that the impact of Covid-19 on global seaborne trade may have eased a little in recent months (see SIW 1,433), this year overall has undoubtedly been a very difficult period for seaborne demand. However, whilst imports into many regions have decreased significantly, demand in China, shipping’s largest market, has remained robust, with imports recently reaching record highs.

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Tracking ‘idle’ containership capacity has become something of an institution in the box shipping sector, particularly in the years since the global financial crisis. Back in early 2009 it was reported that around 11% of all containership capacity stood ‘inactive’. Tracking idle boxship capacity through recent years reveals a similar peak during the Covid-19 crisis, but also a rapidly changing picture.

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