Archives for category: Shipbuilding

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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Six months on from our last Shipping Review & Outlook, an encouraging market recovery has since developed into a range of exceptional market conditions. And stakeholders across maritime are balancing a focus on returning volumes and management of widespread disruption with an increasing urgency to implement regulation and policy around greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

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Contracting activity started to tick up in Q4 2020, and this trend has continued in the opening months of 2021. Ordering has been led by the containership sector, while the Fuelling Transition is continuing to have an impact. Comparing order volumes to previous years can help put current activity into context, as well as shedding some light on potential trajectories

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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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Despite Covid-19 related disruption early in 2020, repair market activity stabilised quickly last year. This week’s Analysis profiles trends in repair yard work, impacted by regulations including the Ballast Water Management Convention and IMO 2020. Meanwhile, trends related to shipping’s GHG emissions and its wider ‘Green Transition’ look set to offer significant future repair yard work opportunities.

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In a tough year for shipbuilders, orders dropped by a third but a flurry of orders at year end contributed to the most active quarter since early 2018. Global production slipped to its lowest levels in 15 years but, at still over 85% of 2019 levels, yards showed good resilience given Covid-19 challenges and continued consolidation. Reflecting the Green Transition, alternative fuel orders increased to 29% of the orderbook.

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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.

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

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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In last year’s annual review, we profiled a strong expansion phase for the LNG market (12% trade growth in 2019). But this is also an industry with a long “stop-start” history and it looks like 2020 (driven by both Covid-19 and some pre-Covid drivers) will see recent growth stall. Despite these challenges, there remains encouraging long term growth potential and increasing opportunities from the bunkering market.

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

It has been reported in recent weeks that the first half of 2020 represented the lowest order volumes for the shipbuilding industry in over 25 years. In this week’s Analysis we look at the limited activity in more detail, the different units of measurement involved, previous order “droughts”, Covid-19 disruption and the outlook for an industry well used to “wild” swings in demand.

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