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Maritime Trade in Transition

Trade patterns will be redefined over the next decade as the combined effects of the fourth industrial revolution (artificial intelligence, robotics, the internet of things, 3D printing and digitalisation), shifting global demographics, emerging non-OECD middle class, decarbonisation of industry, climate change and many other factors disrupt everything we know about economic growth, from labour markets to trade relations.



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2021: Europe’s year for shipping’s regulations

The International Maritime Organization will likely finalise its short-term GHG emissions measure in 2021; but it is the European Commission that will step forward with a market-based measure proposal that could alter maritime regulations as we know them

IMO Environment

With all hopes pinned on China, the new normal looks very familiar

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed shipping market weaknesses, yet resilience within each sector reveals an industry inching its way towards new solutions

Mid-Year outlook Lloyds List magazine

Shipping's green push faces virtual halt

The coronavirus disruption means major decisions have been put off or delayed — and the rest of the year is unlikely to change that

Mid-Year outlook Lloyds List magazine

Global economy faces further harm from a second wave

Current economic developments will have a major impact on seaborne trade, with volumes in 2020 forecast to fall by 3% compared with 2019, representing the first year-on-year decline since 2009

International Mid-Year outlook

The Regulation Outlook

The implementation of the sulphur cap and an impending decabronisation measure — either from London or Brussels — will dominate next year

Annual Outlook Regulation

Global trade outlook: The macro view

The macro trends driving our data forecast point to geo-political and environmental challenges in the short term, but more energy commodities to ship in the short-to-medium term

Annual Outlook Political and Trade

Shipping heads hesitantly into a year of uncertainty

Will a period of uncertainty and volatility in 2019 force the industry get back to basics and manage risk more effectively in the coming year?

Annual Outlook Tankers and Gas

The power of externalities

With strong supply-demand signals, external factors such as Washington’s policy preferences have become the strongest risks to shipping markets

North America United States

Quarterly Outlook: Law

New rulings on the Hague Rules and time-barring of claims for awaiting orders could have profound implications in future shipping operations

Mid-Year outlook Law

Quarterly Outlook: Regulation

A year and a half before the sulphur cap, attention needs to focus on enforcement

International EU

Five risks to check: LPG shipping

Owners face obstacles on the journey to freight recovery as trade growth remains lacklustre

North America Asia Pacific