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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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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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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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