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Weighted across shipping sectors representing over one billion gross tonnes, the ClarkSea Index is a powerful “barometer” in tracking the overall “health” of the shipping industry. In the twenty years since we launched the index, we have periodically made revisions to the underlying assumptions so that the index continues to helpfully reflect the nature of the world fleet that moves the majority of world trade.

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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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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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Supply chain “bottlenecks” have made international headlines this year, and in SIW 1,481 we profiled the impact of port congestion on containership and bulkcarrier market conditions. This week we return to the subject to take another look at the impact across shipping, using our port congestion indices (see SIN) to provide updated statistics, put the congestion into context, and identify some of the “hotspots”.

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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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Connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Panama Canal has been an important waterway for global shipping since the inaugural transit in 1914, and the opening of new, expanded locks in 2016 enabled larger vessels to transit. Today, vessel movements data allows us to track transits on a day-to-day basis, providing insight on specific trends at the Panama Canal, as well as at a sector and macro level.

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On a number of occasions this year (see SIW 1,475 and SIW 1,467) we have reported on our cross-segment ClarkSea Index marking new milestones, including reaching the highest level since September 2008, before the financial crisis, back in May. Since then, the ClarkSea Index has recorded even more notable gains, and at the end of August stood in the top 2% of all values recorded over the last 30 years.

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Global seaborne trade has seen a strong rebound in 2021 so far; volumes were up c.4% y-o-y across Jan-July, according to our Monthly Global Seaborne Trade Indicator. However, with recent y-o-y trends distorted by significant short-term swings in trade last year, taking a look at our selection of volume indicators helps to track the progress so far on the road to regaining pre-pandemic trade levels…

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Covid-19 has created some huge challenges for the shipping industry, but the shipping markets have seen an impressive rebound and notable “disruption upside”. Since the onset of the pandemic we’ve reported on some extraordinary market dynamics, including some spectacular earnings this year and major asset price swings. This week we put this in the context of returns seen on pre-crisis investments.

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We have previously reported that 1H 21 was the best first half for our ClarkSea Index vessel earnings indicator since 2008. Meanwhile, ship prices from newbuild, through secondhand to scrap have also set an impressive pace this year, in many cases moving well beyond start 2020 pre-Covid levels. Here we take a look at a range of price indicators to examine the scale of some of the upward swings.

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