At this point in the year, with many seasonal gifts having previously started the journey to their destination via containership, we often take a look at how the box shipping sector has been faring. As we approach the end of 2020, we can report not only on a rollercoaster ride through a tumultuous year, but also on a firm rebound, and an almost “perfect storm” leading to some record market conditions…

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In terms of world seaborne trade, 2020 will no doubt be remembered for the “shock” from the Covid-19 pandemic. But that won’t tell the whole story; this year has also been notable for major short-term swings, with volumes in some sectors rebounding firmly despite the disruption and uncertainties. This week we revisit our monthly ‘basket’ trade growth indicator (see SIW 1,433 in July) to track progress.

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With shipping at the start of a unprecedented investment program around fleet renewal and shoreside infrastructure to deal with emissions reduction, SIW 1,450 profiled important progress so far in the uptake of Alternative Fuels, ESTs, “Eco” engines, scrubbers and port facilities. This week we drill down on progress in container shipping, a sector already often subject to a greater degree of consumer scrutiny. 

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While Covid-19 has had major impacts across the shipping industry, few sectors have been more sharply affected than the car carrier sector, with trade down more than 60% yoy at the peak of the disruption. While the sector saw some of the more challenging market conditions across the shipping industry earlier this year and uncertainty remains, more recently an encouraging ‘rebound’ has been seen…

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Although the shipping industry is only at the start of a unprecedented investment program around fleet renewal ($1 trillion of newbuild orders this decade?) and shoreside infrastructure to deal with emissions reduction, this week’s Analysis features extracts from our latest Fuelling Transition series profiling important progress so far in uptake of Alternative Fuels, ESTs, “Eco” engines, scrubbers and port facilities.

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2020 has seen major disruption to the shipping markets and a “shock” to seaborne trade. Volumes in many sectors are now returning, but on a full year basis global seaborne trade is still set to have fallen (latest estimate: -3.6% in tonnes) . However, one underlying trade trend of recent years has sustained, with the “average haul” of seaborne trade looking set to have increased for the fifth consecutive year.

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Every year, readers of Shipping Intelligence Weekly are invited to submit their predictions of the value of the ClarkSea Index at the start of November the following year. Of course none of our entrants could have predicted the major challenges and disruption seen across the shipping industry this year, but it can still be useful to review where sentiment was a year ago and how the markets have evolved since.

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With 2020 so far having been clearly dominated by impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic and characterised by major short-term variations in market conditions, in some shipping sectors the second half of the year has so far been shaping up quite differently to the first. The bulkcarrier sector is one illustration of this, with the Capesize market for example having seen different dynamics in recent months.

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This year so far has seen major disruption to seaborne trade volumes from the Covid-19 pandemic (see SIW 1,443), but significant trends have also been apparent on the supply side. Despite underlying fleet growth, trends in floating storage, scrubber retrofitting, and ‘idle’ boxship capacity have led to sometimes dramatic developments in ‘active’ fleet capacity in the major sectors over recent months.

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Against the backdrop of a container shipping sector improving ahead of the expectations of many, this week the 1-year TC rate for an “old Panamax” containership reached a 9-year high of $18,750/day, more than 4 years after the opening of the new, wider Panama Canal locks that some believed would usher in a steady demise for the vessels in this sector.

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