The ports of the world connect up the global trading system but are far from a homogeneous group. They can be classified in a range of ways including by the functions and facilities they offer and the cargo types they can handle. But equally they can be categorised by size, and in this context port calls data helps to understand the structure of the world’s port network.

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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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Conditions in the offshore sector have been notably challenging since the oil price crash of 2014. One particularly stark symptom of the downturn has been the long slowdown in the pace of delivery of offshore assets. Although this has offered some supply-side support, it has provided a clear sign, even after some market improvements, of quite how sustained the impact from a prolonged downturn can be.

 

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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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2019 was a cautiously positive year for the offshore industry, with the slow journey towards market rebalancing continuing to progress in most sectors. Nonetheless, the industry continued to face substantial structural pressures, with demand growth in most vessel classes only modest and oversupply remaining an issue in almost every region.

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This weekend marks Chinese New Year, traditionally an important milestone for mainlane container shipping, representing the end of the usually quieter winter season and the chance to look ahead to potentially improving spring trade volumes. The Year of the Pig didn’t prove a highly fruitful one for mainlane trade, so container market players will be glad to see the arrival of the Year of the Rat…

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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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