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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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After a uniquely challenging year for the shipping industry, our first Analysis of the year reviews some of the dramatic trends from a Covid-19 dominated 2020. Benefiting from elements of “disruption upside”, our cross-segment ClarkSea Index actually ended the year down only 2% y-o-y, experiencing its second highest year since 2010 (after 2019) despite global seaborne trade falling 3.8% to 11.5bn tonnes.

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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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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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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.

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

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.

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

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.

While indicators suggest that the impact of Covid-19 on global seaborne trade may have eased a little in recent months (see SIW 1,433), this year overall has undoubtedly been a very difficult period for seaborne demand. However, whilst imports into many regions have decreased significantly, demand in China, shipping’s largest market, has remained robust, with imports recently reaching record highs.

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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The containership sector has long been one of the key areas of vessel “upsizing” in the world fleet, and 2020 so far has seen some new “landmarks”, with larger units than ever before sold for recycling. Vessels recently sold for scrap were once considered to be the “megaships” of their day, which highlights the extent to which things can change as time passes…

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