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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. 

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Extracted from our upcoming Shipping Review & Outlook, this week’s Analysis profiles recovering trade volumes, an encouraging supply side, the increasingly central role of Green Transition and elements of improved sentiment. While uncertainties around the nature of recovery and pressures from the pandemic remain, our projections suggest trade will return to pre-Covid levels in 2021 and reach 12bn tonnes.

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Through 2020 our Analysis regularly looked at latest “near-term” shipping demand indicators, first to assess the magnitude of the initial Covid-19 impact and disruption, and then to track improvements in activity and seaborne trade, as volumes recovered in a number of sectors with some of the negative impacts easing back. This week we take a fresh look at the latest readings to check up on recent progress.

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Our annual liner review looks back on a year of dramatic trends in the container shipping sector in both directions. Covid-19 dominated the dynamics, creating major disruption and initially a heavily negative impact on trade flows and markets. But by the end of 2020, the sector was amongst the best performing across shipping, and both the box freight and vessel charter markets were celebrating new highs…

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After a uniquely challenging year for the shipping industry, our first Analysis of the year reviews some of the dramatic trends from a Covid-19 dominated 2020. Benefiting from elements of “disruption upside”, our cross-segment ClarkSea Index actually ended the year down only 2% y-o-y, experiencing its second highest year since 2010 (after 2019) despite global seaborne trade falling 3.8% to 11.5bn tonnes.

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At this point in the year, with many seasonal gifts having previously started the journey to their destination via containership, we often take a look at how the box shipping sector has been faring. As we approach the end of 2020, we can report not only on a rollercoaster ride through a tumultuous year, but also on a firm rebound, and an almost “perfect storm” leading to some record market conditions…

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With shipping at the start of a unprecedented investment program around fleet renewal and shoreside infrastructure to deal with emissions reduction, SIW 1,450 profiled important progress so far in the uptake of Alternative Fuels, ESTs, “Eco” engines, scrubbers and port facilities. This week we drill down on progress in container shipping, a sector already often subject to a greater degree of consumer scrutiny. 

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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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Back in April (see SIW 1,418), aggregate port call data helped our “near-term” assessment of the size of the initial “shock” and disruption to shipping market activity from the Covid-19 pandemic. Across the following six months, the data has formed part of our tracking of the ongoing impact (see our ‘Port Call Activity Tracker’ on SIN), and continues to provide context and framework.

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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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