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30 years is a long time in any sphere, and an even longer time in a fast-paced industry like shipping. The markets of the 1980s seem dim and distant, with a heroic boom and a few crises in between. However, one thing today looks similar: the “classic” orderbook as a percentage of the fleet ratio, a yardstick for assessing future supply growth, is now, at 7.4%, as low as it has been since 1989.

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

Tracking ‘idle’ containership capacity has become something of an institution in the box shipping sector, particularly in the years since the global financial crisis. Back in early 2009 it was reported that around 11% of all containership capacity stood ‘inactive’. Tracking idle boxship capacity through recent years reveals a similar peak during the Covid-19 crisis, but also a rapidly changing picture.

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Covid-19 has led to a major “shock” to the shipping markets, and tracking the impacts has brought a range of metrics, including new “near-term” data, into close focus (see our Shipping Market Impact Tracker on SIN). One statistic, however, which has not received quite so much attention this year has been average vessel speed, but with half of the year completed it’s a good time for an update.

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That recent times have been a good demonstration of shipping market volatility comes as no surprise. There have been more than enough major events to drive significant fluctuations in our ClarkSea Index, and the statistics make this clear. Developments in the tanker sector have recently dominated the index trend in terms of volatility, but that doesn’t mean that every sector has followed quite the same storyline… 

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In last week’s Analysis we noted that the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak could lead to months of major disruption and a “bumpy ride” for the shipping markets. This week we take a look back through our long history of seaborne trade data and review the differences between the impacts of previous major disruptions on the periods that followed…

 

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So often shipping market observers’ attention centres on new ships but shipping’s ongoing fuel transition has also focussed discussion on the older, often less fuel-efficient tonnage in today’s world fleet. In order to understand how the phase out of older ships might look, and estimate its potential impact in certain areas, it”s worth taking a look at the age profile of the world’s tonnage in more detail.

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

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.

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

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…

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

 

Containership earnings made progress through most of 2019, although improvements were heavily weighted towards the larger size segments. Meanwhile, the box freight market generally proved challenging for operators, with limited headway in terms of spot rates, and on average charter market levels were actually fairly similar to 2018. A mixed picture, so what do the annual statistics show?

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

 

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.