A year on from the peak impact of Covid-19 on world seaborne trade, overall volumes have made a strong recovery, returning to positive year-on-year growth territory earlier this year. Following the major variations within 2020, comparing volumes so far this year to the pre-Covid period provides a useful indication of which sectors of trade have seen the firmest recovery and which still have ground to make up.

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Contracting activity started to tick up in Q4 2020, and this trend has continued in the opening months of 2021. Ordering has been led by the containership sector, while the Fuelling Transition is continuing to have an impact. Comparing order volumes to previous years can help put current activity into context, as well as shedding some light on potential trajectories

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Activity across the shipping industry has seen huge volatility across the last 12 months. Whilst cargo volumes have recovered strongly after initial Covid-19 disruption, offshore markets experienced a more acute initial contraction in activity and more widespread market stress. More recently, however, there has been improved offshore oil and gas activity and hopes that the market may have turned a corner.

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Our reporting on the ‘Fuelling Transition’ (see our 5th update on World Fleet Register) has illustrated how slower average vessel speeds have helped shipping take some initial steps towards a lower carbon future. Although vessel speeds in some sectors are currently rising against a backdrop of improved markets, this is still in the context of a long-term downward trend.

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With the shipping industry set to embark on an unprecedented programme of investment and fleet renewal as part of efforts to cut emissions, we have been profiling the uptake to date of Alternative Fuels, ESTs, ‘Eco’ engines, scrubbers and port facilities across the major shipping sectors. Here we drill down on the tanker sector, where there are recent signs of progress, albeit with a long way to go…

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Last week we reported on some of the recent dramatic swings in asset pricing (see SIW 1,468), noting that these shifts were taking place against the backdrop of an extremely active S&P market. Indeed, after recovering quickly and robustly from the lows of Q2-20, the volume of secondhand sales has jumped to new records in recent months, with the March total an all-time high.

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In addition to the variations in vessel earnings following the impacts of Covid-19, there have also been some dramatic swings in asset prices. Against the backdrop of a record surge in secondhand sales activity in recent months, a review of the high-level trends makes compelling reading for asset players, and highlights the magnitude of some of the vessel price dynamics.

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Much of the analysis of the impacts of Covid-19 has focussed on major short-term shipping market variations and also the benefits from “disruption upside”. 2021 so far has seen more positive sentiment developing across many shipping sectors, and our ClarkSea Index has laid down a new marker, registering the best Q1 average since back in 2008, before the global financial crisis.

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Attention has frequently focussed on “disruption upside” in the shipping markets following the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis. Since late 2020, the container sector has provided a clear example. With box trade volumes recovering swiftly and underlying supply growth moderate, congestion at ports (and currently at Suez too) absorbing capacity has provided additional impetus, driving spectacular market progress. 

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Extracted from our upcoming Shipping Review & Outlook, this week’s Analysis profiles recovering trade volumes, an encouraging supply side, the increasingly central role of Green Transition and elements of improved sentiment. While uncertainties around the nature of recovery and pressures from the pandemic remain, our projections suggest trade will return to pre-Covid levels in 2021 and reach 12bn tonnes.

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