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The US-China ‘trade war’ has been back in the headlines after reports of a tentative preliminary deal between the countries. The dispute, which began in earnest in Q1 2018, has impacted seaborne trade patterns and global economic sentiment, and suggestions that an initial deal could be reached would be encouraging. Yet clear hurdles and uncertainty remain, whilst trade tensions elsewhere also continue.

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Not for the first time in shipping’s history, the industry’s choice of fuel is sharply in focus. This week we review not just the imminent low sulphur fuel switch, but also the role of alternative fuels in reducing the ~820mt carbon (~2.3% world output) that the shipping fleet produces per year. But for an industry that took over 50 years to switch from wind to steam, the impact may be no less radical and quicker besides!

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Shipping is often said to provide a good example of classic ‘market mechanics’ in action. Participants react to market conditions, and in turn this contributes to the cyclicality of the business. While factors shaping the demand side are rarely within owners’ control, supply side responses to the state of the shipping markets, including recycling or investment in new tonnage, are often fairly clear…

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In the H.G. Wells novella The Time Machine, the main character describes how he has travelled thousands of years into the future, using a contraption controlled by two levers. While today’s shipowners can only dream of a machine that could take them through time to the top of the shipping cycle, they do have access to a range of supply-side ‘levers’, which clearly can be used in very different ways.

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The shipping industry has faced some challenging times since the global financial crisis, including some tough markets and for many a difficult financing environment. However, to keep the wheels of the world economy turning shipping still requires substantial investment, and here we track the total in the post-downturn decade 2009-18 – still a cool one trillion dollars!

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Once in a while, one of the many statistics regularly updated in Shipping Intelligence Weekly reaches a major milestone, and this month we have a significant one to reflect upon. As of May 2019, for the very first time we have been able to report on a global shipping fleet comprising over 2 billion deadweight tonnes in capacity. This week’s Analysis reviews the progress from the first billion dwt to the second…

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Environmental concerns are increasingly to the fore in world political economy, with the global energy mix and questions of “peak demand” for different fossil fuels receiving increasing attention as a result. While there is clearly still much uncertainty around this topic, it is worth exploring how shipping continues to develop alongside the changing dynamics of the global energy mix.

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