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2018 looks set to be a good year for ABBA fans, after the Swedish pop group announced plans to release their first new songs since the 1980s. With the band’s greatest hits album back in the charts again, it’s clear there’s still appetite for recycling old classics. In shipping’s recycling market, meanwhile, 2018 has seen volumes remain elevated, but with different ship types having stepped into the spotlight.

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In the old song “It’s a long way to Tipperary”, the Irish county in question is “a long way back home”. For shipping it must feel a little like that too. Despite more positive sentiment, a supportive world economy, robust trade growth and slowing capacity expansion in many sectors, truly strong markets might still seem in many cases some distance away. But how far along the way are the shipping markets really?

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

Shipping markets are by their nature cyclical, but anticipating the timing of market cycles is rarely easy in practice, not least because shipping’s cycles are so enmeshed with other economic cycles, notably in underlying commodity markets. For example, while some of the key shipping sectors appear to be moving into the next phase of the cycle, current oil market uncertainties are complicating matters elsewhere.

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At the start of April, the commencement of joint operations between the major Japanese liner companies in the form of ‘ONE’ ushered in the latest step along the road in the consolidation of the container shipping sector. In February 2017 we took a look at how the concentration in the sector was evolving, and now seems like a good time to review how the profile looks today.

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Across the spectrum of seaborne trade, crude oil and containers could hardly be more different. The former is the classic raw material commodity, whilst the latter represents the shipping of all sorts of manufactured end products. Yet in 2017, total seaborne trade in each stood less than 170 million tonnes apart, with a combined volume of 3.8 billion tonnes accounting for 33% of overall global seaborne trade.

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The economist John Maynard Keynes famously commented that “In the long run we are all dead”, and for shipping market players waiting for cyclical markets to improve it might sometimes feel like that. But with two of the previously long-suffering sectors enjoying better times recently, how do the improved market conditions impact on a long-term view of performance?

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

 

Fluid dynamics is the study of non-solid matter: that which is mutable, volatile and mercurial! The analogies with the complex world of gas and seaborne LNG trade are obvious. But just as fluid dynamics is a framework for analysing the maelstrom of physical reality, so too can the gas trade be viewed through various helpful frameworks, for example that of the changing global energy mix.

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