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Shipping Markets Checkpoint Season 2 - Special Guest Speaker: Jochen Gutschmidt

Peter Sand is joined by Jochen Gutschmidt for the final episode, which focuses on container shipping. Sand and Gutschmidt look into the somewhat crazy and out of control container shipping market. Commodities moved in a box have dominated much of the conversation in 2020, and here is the perfect opportunity to dive down into how, why and where it is going. The two look both on commercial (procurement) and operational (management and optimization) trends. Spanning across short and long-term analyses, giving the viewer insight into the short-term markets and a unique look into the experts forecast for the future.

BIMCO Q2 2021 Market Analysis Webinar

The pandemic is still wreaking havoc in large parts of of the world, and while the tanker market is hurting badly, the companies in the container shipping sector are making record profits. In dry bulk, rates are at a 10-year high. But how long will this situation last, and what disruptions to the current state of the market should you keep your eyes out for?

That question, and many others, BIMCO’s chief shipping analyst, Peter Sand, tried answer on 2021’s second instalment of BIMCO’s Shipping Market Overview & Outlook.

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September 2021

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.

June 2021

World fleet to grow by 6.4% over the coming five years, down from 7.4% in previous 5 years

Global shipyards are under pressure and 2021 is turning out to bring the third lowest level of newbuilding orders in 12 years, despite new orders for containerships currently at a 14-year high.

Around the world in seven shipping records

The container and dry bulk shipping industries are breaking new records left, right and centre it appears, resulting in dry bulk owners enjoying unseasonably high profits, and container shipping carriers and tonnage providers delivering record high profits.

Container shipping: Records keep falling as industry enjoys best markets ever

Demand drivers and freight rates Driven by the pandemic and stimulus-induced consumer spending on retail goods, container shipping has been a great place to be for carriers and tonnage providers, while proving a headache for those with cargoes needing to be moved in a timely manner. 

Tanker shipping: Temporary shocks provide little support for desperate tanker market

Demand drivers and freight rates A recent small and short spike in oil product tankers shows just how far the tanker market still has left to go on its recovery journey.