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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.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has led to disruption across almost every sector of the shipping industry, and in this week’s Analysis we look at impacts in the ship repair market. After a positive 2019, yard closures, logistical difficulties and survey deferrals have all impacted activity levels while scrubber retrofitting has also declined sharply. Despite the immediate challenges, longer term prospects may be more positive.

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Even for an industry used to disruption events, the impact of Covid-19 has been dramatic. Extracted from our upcoming Shipping Review & Outlook (SRO), our Analysis this week covers some of the underlying trends we have discussed previously (ClarkSea, global trade, energy transition, “manageable” supply, environment, finance), but the disruption “shock” from Covid-19 now dominates.

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As Analysis in SIW 1,395 illustrated, vessel speed dynamics have been a notable part of the shipping market story over the last decade or so. With another full year of average vessel speed data to examine, it’s a good time for an update, focussing in on the trends last year in particular but also re-visiting the broader importance of tracking vessel speeds…

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As a whole, the key shipping markets made steps forward in 2019, with our ClarkSea Index on average up by 24% on the previous year. In a number of sectors this came against the backdrop of less than wholly supportive “headline” supply-demand fundamentals. Whilst these remain of primary importance, other notable factors have clearly been having a significant impact on market dynamics…

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After five years of declining output, global shipyard output increased marginally in 2019, to 32.8m CGT. However, the recovery in ordering since 2016 reversed, with contracting down 30% despite an improving earnings environment (ClarkSea Index up 24%), underlying demand for tonnage to meet global trade (11.9bn tonnes in 2019) and fleet replacement (23% of tonnage over 15 years).

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With the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap now officially in place, changes to data series will be presented in the first Shipping Intelligence Weekly (SIW) of the 2020s. In this week’s Analysis we discuss some of these changes and our ongoing plans to track the impact of technology and accelerating environmental regulation on market supply-demand, vessel earnings, asset value and shipping company ratings.

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The final year of the decade saw further improvements across the shipping markets with a 24% increase in our ClarkSea Index taking it to its highest level since 2010, principally driven by gains in the tanker and gas segments. Meanwhile the impact of “headline” growth in seaborne trade (1.1% to 11.9bn tonnes) and world fleet (4.1% to 2.1bn dwt) were supplemented by IMO 2020 related “adjustments”.

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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…

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