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Building trade tension between the US and China featured heavily in the headlines in 2018, driving concerns over the possible impact of the ‘trade war’. Both countries imposed new tariffs on a wide range of goods during the year (see SIW 1340 for discussion of the ‘shipping context’), but how has the seaborne trade environment actually been impacted by the dispute?

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

In 2018 the ClarkSea Index had a very strong Q4, with the average in the final quarter well above that registered across the first three. It’s well known that shipping markets can be seasonal, and studying our ClarkSea Index illustrates that fairly well. But how seasonal actually are they, how far did last year’s Q4 stand out, and how much does a strong Q4 tell us about the year to come?

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

We all know shipbuilding is one of the toughest businesses around but just how tough was 2018? Well it seems the answer depends on which unit of measurement you use! Using DWT, ordering fell 14% to 77m dwt while using CGT, a better reflection of the work content of building vessels, ordering increased by 2%. On balance its seems that conditions remain challenging but still improving on the 2016 lows.

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

The ClarkSea Index made steady progress in 2018 (+13% to $12,144/day) taking it above the average since the financial crisis. Tankers had a miserable year before being “saved” by a strong Q4, bulkers consolidated their 2017 gains and LNG finished the year on a high. Fleet growth continues to trend below 3%, with just 11% of the fleet on order, while trade growth eased and needs to be watched closely.

 

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

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, better known as HSBC, for a number of years proudly claimed to be “the world’s local bank”. The shipping industry is well-known for keeping the wheels of the global trade turning, but, like the famous old bank, it could also be said to be the “world’s local” business too, integral to regional and local economic networks.

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

The last few years have marked a particularly challenging period for the shipbuilding industry, with contracting activity generally remaining limited and many yards facing difficulties. However, focusing on those builders which have been able to take contracts reveals one interesting angle, with the volume of orders per yard heading upwards, driven by both longer term trends and more recent changes.

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

There is a sense that the LNG sector is now gaining some momentum compared to recent years: LNG carrier market sentiment has picked up with firming ordering and dayrates; several major LNG project FIDs look to be near; and the approach of IMO 2020 has made LNG as a marine fuel highly topical. Against this backdrop, interest in ‘small-scale’ LNG is appreciable too. But just what is small-scale LNG?

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