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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.



Latest From Political and Trade, Political Risk and Trade, Market Outlooks, Annual Outlook & 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

Five risks to check: Container shipping

Oversupply worries persists with large newbuilding tonnage, while high bunker bills erode earnings of carriers

Containers Mid-Year outlook

Look into the crystal ball – and decide what to do next

With a broad market recovery and a brighter outlook, owners have a chance to avoid past mistakes in 2018

Containers Dry Bulk

What to watch: LNG shipping

A mid-year review of LNG shipping markets: Are things really getting better for owners and how long will uncertainty prevail?

Middle East and Africa Asia Pacific

What to watch: Crude tankers

As the shipping season moves into the summer, flashpoints in the tankers market include consolidation, asset prices, potential American cargoes and the threat of fleet growth

Tankers and Gas