Archives for category: containership

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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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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The containership sector has long been one of the key areas of vessel “upsizing” in the world fleet, and 2020 so far has seen some new “landmarks”, with larger units than ever before sold for recycling. Vessels recently sold for scrap were once considered to be the “megaships” of their day, which highlights the extent to which things can change as time passes…

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Covid-19 has led to a major “shock” to seaborne activity, and we are tracking a range of metrics (see Shipping Intelligence Network) that show the immediate demand side impact in varying ways. However, inevitably some focus has also turned to the shape of the potential future recovery – there are clearly many scenarios, and a growing debate, so a framework for further analysis is a useful step.

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Covid-19 has highlighted how aggregate port call data, whilst sometimes imperfect, can be useful. Regular analysis of daily port calls trends in key countries (see our ‘Port Call Activity Tracker’ in the Covid-19 Reports section on Shipping Intelligence Network) is helping us track the impact of the pandemic, and a broader look at port call data also provides context for understanding the disruption to global shipping.

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As Analysis in SIW 1,395 illustrated, vessel speed dynamics have been a notable part of the shipping market story over the last decade or so. With another full year of average vessel speed data to examine, it’s a good time for an update, focussing in on the trends last year in particular but also re-visiting the broader importance of tracking vessel speeds…

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With IMO 2020, fuel economics and carbon targets firmly at the top of the shipping industry agenda, vessel operating speeds are under increasing scrutiny, with some even proposing speed limits at sea to help reduce fuel consumption and take a step towards future decarbonisation targets. This week’s Analysis looks at the significance of tracking trends in speed over the last decade and going forward.

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Heavyweights in the political arena are commonly referred to as the “Big Beasts”, but the world shipping fleet has plenty of massive animals of its own. Prominent amongst these are the very large containerships including today’s ‘mega-ships’ of over 20,000 TEU, and together the ships of over 8,000 TEU in size (the ‘big beast’ benchmark back in 2000) now account for the majority of boxship fleet capacity.

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There are a number of key differences between the ‘liner’ shipping business (largely served by containerships) and the world of ‘tramp’ shipping (much of tanker and bulker activity, for example). One of the most obvious is the ‘dual’ nature of the container shipping markets, with separate ‘freight’ and ‘charter’ markets connecting to keep the liner network going. But do they always move in harmony?

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On a full year basis, containership earnings made further progress in 2018 compared to the previous year, but in many ways it was a mixed year for the liner sector, with the freight market seeing limited improvement overall and vessel charter earnings easing back in the second half of the year. Against this backdrop, what do the end year statistics actually show us?

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