Archives for category: Shipbuilding

After showing admirable resilience in 2020, shipping markets performed remarkably last year as trade volume recovery, widespread congestion and modest fleet supply growth contributed to a 93% increase in our cross-segment ClarkSea Index ($28,700/day). This cash influx also supported record S&P transaction levels (145m dwt, $46bn) and the highest newbuild order volumes since 2014 (120m dwt, $107bn).

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With many holiday season gifts wrapped ready for exchange, this week we look at mainlane container trade to see how busy shoppers have been not just in the run-up to the festive period, but also throughout the year. This year has been extraordinary for container shipping in many ways; surging freight rates and major disruption have been key themes but volumes on the main trades have a big story to tell too…

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It’s the time of year when many of us are in a race to conclude our purchases in time for the holiday season, but shipowners have been busy shopping throughout the year. Both newbuild and secondhand spending have been on the rise, as notable ‘pent-up’ demand combined with attractive markets in many sectors has increased owners’ appetite for tonnage.

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With focus on the shipping industry’s emissions intensifying at the COP26 and MEPC 77 meetings in recent weeks, tracking the key data on green vessel technology is becoming increasingly important. The uptake of alternative fuels on the global orderbook has accelerated in recent years, with the latest data helping to shine a light on the progress so far of shipping’s ‘Fuelling Transition’.

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After stamping on the brakes in 2020, the car carrier sector is going through the gears nicely this year, and is now seeing the strongest market conditions since before the financial crisis as improved demand and ‘disruption upside’ factors have lent significant support. Detailed analysis will be available in the upcoming edition of Car Carrier Trade & Transport, but here we take a look at some of the key themes…

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This week’s Shipping Intelligence Weekly is Issue Number 1,500, which provides an ideal opportunity to look back at how the shipping sector has evolved over the last 500 issues since December 2011, as well as all the way back to the very first issue in early 1992. As Clarksons Research statistics show, there’s been plenty to track, including continued growth in the size of the industry since issue 1,000…

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The world shipping fleet has grown by >39,000 vessels since start 2000, and by >6,000 in the last 5 years (expanding by 7%, and 17% in GT). However, growing vessel numbers has not been a uniform trend across maritime. Notably, key offshore sectors are seeing unit numbers drop, and some shipping segments have also seen numbers ease. Here we take a closer look, and consider some of the drivers.

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As we’ve reviewed previously (see SIW 1,466 and 1,476), the container shipping markets have had an extraordinary 2021, with repeated record highs in container freight rates and containership charter rates, surging asset values as well as major port congestion and disruption to supply chains. “Knock-on” effects elsewhere in shipping have also been significant; here we take a look at some of the impacts.

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The LNG sector has seen a number of new records set this year, including soaring gas prices in recent months and the highest ever spot charter rates in early 2021. Against this backdrop, LNG carrier supply trends have been less high profile, but new markers have been reached here too; deliveries in Jan-Sep reached a new high of 8m cbm, pushing LNG carrier fleet capacity to over 100m cbm for the first time.

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2021 looks set to be a marquee year for shipowners in many sectors, with recent Analysis in SIW 1476 and SIW 1492 exploring the impact of surging containership and bulkcarrier earnings. On the other side of the coin, the recovery in shipping markets has also sparked something of a resurgence in newbuilding activity. After the first three quarters of the year, how are shipbuilders faring so far?

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