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March 2022

Russia exports slow as war in Ukraine heads into 5th week

Four weeks after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a few things have become clearer, but much uncertainty remains.

War in Ukraine will hurt growth in all shipping segments

Though much uncertainty remains, the immediate commodity price increases and supply challenges caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are likely to be felt throughout 2022. Also, recently implemented sanctions on Russia are not likely to be lifted any time soon. This may have sustained spill-over impact on the global economy.

October 2021

US trade balance with China improving on higher exports

The trade war continues to rage in the shade of the headline-grabbing supply chain disruptions. The tariffs are still in place and are unlikely to go anywhere despite the change of administration in the United States.

September 2021

Strong domestic demand sees US oil product imports growing

Recovering demand for US oil products has caused a 25.9% rise in US seaborne imports of oil products in the first seven months of 2021 compared to 2020, with imports so far this year totalling 26.1m tonnes.

Tanker shipping - profitability still a way off for loss-making tankers as pandemic drags on

New virus mutations and outbreaks have slowed the recovery in global oil demand as some countries lock down again and international travel remains complicated.

Macroeconomics - Global recovery threatened by vaccine inequalities and supply chain woes

Unequal vaccine distribution has put a stopper in the recovery in parts of the world, adding to supply chain disruptions and slowing growth even in countries protected by higher vaccination rates. In a globalised world, no one can return to normal before everyone can.

Dry bulk - profits surge to multi-year highs as pandemic related demand and disruptions linger

Heading into the seasonally strongest part of the year, dry bulk owners have already enjoyed a very profitable year with the temporary factors helping the market stay strong expected to continue providing support into 2022.

Container shipping - onshore disruption leading to record delays and profits

As ports and hinterland transport struggle to keep up, delays at ports are soaking up capacity leading to frustration on the shippers’ side and leaving carriers struggling to keep up all the while making record profits.

August 2021

Cash-rich shipowners double container ship order book in 2021

What’s not to like about 2021 for container shipping?

Are we looking at the next dry bulk super cycle? Is it even a cycle?

Throughout the first half of the year, talk of a new dry bulk super cycle has been on many lips as commodity prices have soared to multi-year highs.