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Shipping is often said to provide a good example of classic ‘market mechanics’ in action. Participants react to market conditions, and in turn this contributes to the cyclicality of the business. While factors shaping the demand side are rarely within owners’ control, supply side responses to the state of the shipping markets, including recycling or investment in new tonnage, are often fairly clear…

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In the H.G. Wells novella The Time Machine, the main character describes how he has travelled thousands of years into the future, using a contraption controlled by two levers. While today’s shipowners can only dream of a machine that could take them through time to the top of the shipping cycle, they do have access to a range of supply-side ‘levers’, which clearly can be used in very different ways.

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The shipping industry has faced some challenging times since the global financial crisis, including some tough markets and for many a difficult financing environment. However, to keep the wheels of the world economy turning shipping still requires substantial investment, and here we track the total in the post-downturn decade 2009-18 – still a cool one trillion dollars!

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Once in a while, one of the many statistics regularly updated in Shipping Intelligence Weekly reaches a major milestone, and this month we have a significant one to reflect upon. As of May 2019, for the very first time we have been able to report on a global shipping fleet comprising over 2 billion deadweight tonnes in capacity. This week’s Analysis reviews the progress from the first billion dwt to the second…

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Sale and purchase has long been a central part of the shipping markets, and with 13,800 units reported sold secondhand across the shipping and offshore sectors over the last decade, this clearly remains the case. In fact, 2017 was a record year for S&P volumes with 2018 not too far behind. A range of factors influence secondhand transaction volumes; comparing ‘liquidity’ across sectors highlights some of these.

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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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The last few years have marked a particularly challenging period for the shipbuilding industry, with contracting activity generally remaining limited and many yards facing difficulties. However, focusing on those builders which have been able to take contracts reveals one interesting angle, with the volume of orders per yard heading upwards, driven by both longer term trends and more recent changes.

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