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This weekend marks Chinese New Year, traditionally an important milestone for mainlane container shipping, representing the end of the usually quieter winter season and the chance to look ahead to potentially improving spring trade volumes. The Year of the Pig didn’t prove a highly fruitful one for mainlane trade, so container market players will be glad to see the arrival of the Year of the Rat…

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Containership earnings made progress through most of 2019, although improvements were heavily weighted towards the larger size segments. Meanwhile, the box freight market generally proved challenging for operators, with limited headway in terms of spot rates, and on average charter market levels were actually fairly similar to 2018. A mixed picture, so what do the annual statistics show?

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As we close in on the end of the decade, this week’s analysis compares data from shipping’s last forty years. It’s certainly been a tough decade, much of it spent dealing with the aftermath of the financial crisis and working through shipping’s surplus capacity. But it’s been far from a “dead decade”: trade growth of 3.7bn tonnes, 1.2bn dwt of deliveries and an improving ClarkSea Index as we close out…

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In 2019, the shipping markets as a whole appear to have ‘warmed’ for the third consecutive year, and some key markets have sizzled at certain points. But at the same time it has been a different story in terms of fresh asset investment. Pulling the two elements together to take a wider reading of the shipping ‘temperature’ can help put this year into perspective…

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While car carrier market conditions have improved somewhat from the lows of 2016-17, the sector has continued to face challenges this year, mainly on the demand side. Global seaborne car trade has experienced a range of pressures since the global financial crisis, and whilst 2017-18 saw a return to more positive demand trends, seaborne car trade volumes are on track to decline once again in 2019.

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As last week’s Analysis showed, deliveries from the shipyards have picked up this year, and the fleet has grown more quickly than many expected. However, supply-side growth still looks fairly ‘manageable’ in many sectors, and not only is the orderbook now down to a historically low 9% of the fleet, but currently the ‘effective’ capacity growth in key sectors is being slowed by scrubber retrofit activity…

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Every year, readers of the Shipping Intelligence Weekly are invited to submit their predictions of the value of the ClarkSea Index at the start of November the following year, with the closest forecast winning a case of champagne. Shipping’s notorious volatility always makes this an interesting exercise, but with significant market shifts over recent weeks, how did last year’s entrants get on?

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