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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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A year on from peak trade disruption, we update our half year report for the shipping industry profiling a strong recovery and some exceptional individual markets. While previous years’ reports have mentioned “must do better” or “extra classes needed”, even the toughest of examiners would congratulate (tankers aside!?) shipping’s economic performance during the many continued challenges of the pandemic.

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Last week we reported on a milestone for the ClarkSea Index (May was the best month since before the global financial crisis), and this week we take a look at one of the key elements: the record breaking performance in the containership sector. In recent weeks our Containership Charter Rate Index has reached a new record level, surpassing the previous high seen back in 2005.

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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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Attention has frequently focussed on “disruption upside” in the shipping markets following the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis. Since late 2020, the container sector has provided a clear example. With box trade volumes recovering swiftly and underlying supply growth moderate, congestion at ports (and currently at Suez too) absorbing capacity has provided additional impetus, driving spectacular market progress. 

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