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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”.

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

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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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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Against a backdrop of this week’s IMO meetings on GHG emissions, tracking the annual CO2 output of the shipping industry is today more important than ever. The world fleet’s ‘footprint’ is estimated at 819 million tonnes of CO2 this year, and IMO targets aim for a 50% reduction by 2050 compared to the 1.0 billion tonnes in 2008 (see SIW 1,391), so putting these figures into some context can be important.

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

Shipping is a truly global business, with a fleet of almost 100,000 merchant vessels connecting the world’s largest economies and more remote corners of the globe through a network of over 5,000 port locations. However, with hugely varied trading patterns between different shipping sectors, some segments of the fleet are clearly more ‘well-travelled’ than others…

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In April 2018 the IMO adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of GHG emissions from ships which set out three main targets for the shipping industry, in terms of average CO2 intensity in 2030 and 2050, and total CO2 emissions in 2050. These goals, in particular the 2050 absolute target (a 50% reduction) and the transition to alternative fuels (see SIW 1,391), are now a significant focus of attention.

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

Not for the first time in shipping’s history, the industry’s choice of fuel is sharply in focus. This week we review not just the imminent low sulphur fuel switch, but also the role of alternative fuels in reducing the ~820mt carbon (~2.3% world output) that the shipping fleet produces per year. But for an industry that took over 50 years to switch from wind to steam, the impact may be no less radical and quicker besides!

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

This week’s Analysis outlines recent trends in the shipping markets, in a summary taken from our upcoming Shipping Review & Outlook. From the varying market cycle positions, to economic headwinds, “manageable” supply growth, changing financial landscape, growing focus on environmental regulation and ‘green’ technology, and impacts of IMO 2020, there is plenty to review!

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

 

This week we review scrubber retrofits, tracking the vessels, yards and volume of tonnage involved. As activity ramps up, and with >1% of the fleet on an annualised basis projected to be off hire, shipping market fundamentals may get a helpful boost. But despite this ramp-up, looking ahead will it be long before our LNG fuel capable vessel count (~800 today) matches our scrubber vessel count (~4,000)?

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