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Clarksons’ shipbroking services are unrivalled – in terms of the number and calibre of our brokers, our breadth of market coverage, geographical spread and depth of intelligence resources.
Acting as intermediaries between directly contracting counterparties, our broking teams have the expertise, experience and support structure to make deals happen.
This means bringing together a company with a cargo to ship and a company with a vessel able to transport it, bringing together buyers and sellers of secondhand ships and contracting newbuildings. We have specialist broking teams dealing in all major markets: containers, dry cargo, deep sea tankers, LPG and ammonia, LNG, offshore, petrochemical gases, shortsea and specialised products - for chartering and sale and purchase.
We aspire to be best-in-class in all the industry's key sectors and a market leader in each and every continent where we have offices. We are the only truly worldwide broker, providing a global service on a local basis from a network of offices strategically located in the same marketplaces and time zones as our clients. Agreements brokered by our people result in ships of all sizes criss-crossing the oceans on the great arteries of trade, carrying every conceivable cargo from commodities like iron ore, coal, grain and crude oil to foodstuffs, cars, household goods, chemicals and industrial equipment.
What each ship has in common is the support of almost 1000 Clarksons professionals in 34 offices worldwide. Team Clarksons is exactly that: a team that shares best practice, bringing the experience and expertise gained on one project to the challenges faced on another.
We drive performance by combining our 161 year heritage with the very latest market leading IT platforms, available anywhere in the world, 24/7.
We have the largest team of analysts in the industry. Sitting alongside the brokers, in every major market segment, they bring together the strengths and benefits of Clarksons Research whilst interfacing constantly with the broking teams, gathering and interpreting information from a huge range of sources to create a key Clarksons competitive advantage: market intelligence.
Our brokers and clients are simply better informed - on market mechanisms and movements, supply and demand, order books and trade flows. They know where the market is and have greater insight into the drivers of where it is heading. That intelligence translates directly into more informed decision-making.
Container ships play a significant role in the shipping business, carrying high value cargoes of manufactured goods all over the world, accounting for more than 60% by value of global seaborne trade.
We broker deals for the huge vessels that carry crude oil and petroleum products across the world. As truly global brokers, we handle more deep sea business than any other company. Our experienced teams have long-standing and close working relationships with all the major owners and charterers.
Dry Cargo chartering is a varied and complex market involving more than three billion tonnes of cargo each year. Our experienced team based in 12 countries acts as a vital link between charterers and shipowners who need to transport the goods required by a growing global population.
Operating in a highly specialised market, clients rely on our LPG and Ammonia team to provide industry-leading expertise on everything from spot charters and vessel sale and purchase to commodity and derivative broking.
We provide an unrivalled range of integrated solutions for the entire LNG marine supply chain, to an increasing number of clients operating in this rapidly-growing and specialised sector.
Our Offshore team applies in-depth market knowledge to help clients exploit the specific opportunities associated with offshore assets.
Our industry leading team focuses exclusively on the highly specialised demands of the seaborne transportation of petrochemical gases and coastal LPG (liquefied petroleum gas).
Our coverage of the sale and purchase market is without equal in terms of scope and scale, through our strategically located teams across Europe and Asia.
Whilst the Dry Cargo team focuses on long distance trade routes, our Shortsea team is responsible for the movement of similar goods on smaller vessels and shorter routes.
From a complex crude oil derivative to simple molasses, our Specialised Products team helps move a hugely diverse range of cargoes, each with its own individual carriage requirements. The sheer diversity of the market calls for a wide knowledge of each and every product and vessel type.
An integral part of the broking business with unique market intelligence and the largest collection of commercial shipping data, our team of market analysts provides a key service to both our brokers and clients.