The incredibly skewed global orderbook continues to throw up all manner of records, with long-term ramifications for the main shipping segments.
Ordering in the bulker and tanker sectors, which together account for 75% of world fleet dwt capacity, has been limited in the 2020s, so much so that the containership orderbook is now larger than both the tanker and bulker orderbooks in dwt for the first time, according to data from Clarkson Research Services.
Close to 900 containerships of 7m teu have now been ordered since Q4 2020, an all-time record high, whilst LNG carrier contracting so far this year has already risen to a new annual record with Clarksons tallying 94 ships of 16m cu m.
In contrast, the last 12 months have represented the quietest period for tanker newbuild contracting on record, according to Clarksons. At 35m dwt, the tanker orderbook is now the smallest it has been for 25 years, and equal to a record low 5% of fleet capacity.
The bulker orderbook now stands at close to an 18-year low of 69m dwt, equivalent to just 7% of the fleet.