Archives for category: Container

Following the huge swings of 2020, the container shipping markets experienced extraordinary conditions through 2021, driven by a strong rebound in global container volumes and major upside from severe logistical disruption and port congestion. Though significant operational challenges remained, container freight rates and containership charter earnings set new all-time highs.

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After showing admirable resilience in 2020, shipping markets performed remarkably last year as trade volume recovery, widespread congestion and modest fleet supply growth contributed to a 93% increase in our cross-segment ClarkSea Index ($28,700/day). This cash influx also supported record S&P transaction levels (145m dwt, $46bn) and the highest newbuild order volumes since 2014 (120m dwt, $107bn).

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With many holiday season gifts wrapped ready for exchange, this week we look at mainlane container trade to see how busy shoppers have been not just in the run-up to the festive period, but also throughout the year. This year has been extraordinary for container shipping in many ways; surging freight rates and major disruption have been key themes but volumes on the main trades have a big story to tell too…

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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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This week’s Shipping Intelligence Weekly is Issue Number 1,500, which provides an ideal opportunity to look back at how the shipping sector has evolved over the last 500 issues since December 2011, as well as all the way back to the very first issue in early 1992. As Clarksons Research statistics show, there’s been plenty to track, including continued growth in the size of the industry since issue 1,000…

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Every year, readers of Shipping Intelligence Weekly are invited to submit their predictions of the value of the ClarkSea Index at the start of November the following year. This time a year ago, there seemed to be optimism that the improvements filtering through to most shipping markets after the mid-2020 lows would continue. However, few could have predicted the extent of improvements that have developed.

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As we’ve reviewed previously (see SIW 1,466 and 1,476), the container shipping markets have had an extraordinary 2021, with repeated record highs in container freight rates and containership charter rates, surging asset values as well as major port congestion and disruption to supply chains. “Knock-on” effects elsewhere in shipping have also been significant; here we take a look at some of the impacts.

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Supply chain “bottlenecks” have made international headlines this year, and in SIW 1,481 we profiled the impact of port congestion on containership and bulkcarrier market conditions. This week we return to the subject to take another look at the impact across shipping, using our port congestion indices (see SIN) to provide updated statistics, put the congestion into context, and identify some of the “hotspots”.

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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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