Gibb Group Aberdeen moves to new premises
One of the UK and Europe’s leading manufacturer and distributor of PPE and MRO has moved to a new facility in Aberdeen to further support the businesses’ continued growth.
Asian PX Outlook for Q4 2023
In a report last month, we took an in-depth view of how many chemical markets have found some relief from a bearish economic outlook and weak derivative consumption this year through a recovering gasoline market and more demand into the blending sector.
Changes to Chemical & Gasoline blending component trade flows in H2 2023
Amid the ongoing weakness seen across the global petrochemical sector, the comparative recovery of gasoline and transport fuel demand this year has helped shift trade flows on several chemical products that have found better value in the blending pool.
Bringing maritime-masters students closer to the shipping industry.
As part of our ongoing commitment to engaging with next-generation talent, Clarksons and Maritime UK have hosted a series of in-person seminars and online webinars for students studying maritime-related masters degrees...
How can we mitigate the commercial risks associated with the speculative construction of liquefied CO₂ carriers?
Having previously identified the commercial risks associated with the speculative construction of liquefied CO₂ carriers, this article dives deeper, examining what can be done to mitigate some of these risks...
Specialised Products relaunches Projects desk
Anthony Rowan takes the lead for the newly relaunched Projects desk within the Specialised Products division. The appointment marks the beginning of a revised focus and objective for the desk which will perform a more integrated role across new building, sale & purchase, and time charter.
Offshore Oil & Gas: Half Year Review
First half 2023 statistics for the offshore oil and gas vessel and rig markets have been released by Clarksons Research, with encouraging trends continuing: The Clarksons Offshore Index (covering rig, OSV and subsea dayrates) up 18% across 1H-23 to 99 points, the highest level since 2014.
Clarksons Offshore & Renewables bolsters presence in Scotland with new Edinburgh office
Clarkson Offshore & Renewables is delighted to announce the opening of its first Edinburgh office to serve as a hub for Clarksons’ Renewables division in Scotland, catering to the specific needs of the renewables offshore construction industry.
Nor-Shipping Preview: Green Technology & Offshore Wind
In Nor-Shipping's 35th Year, Managing Director of Clarksons Research, Steve Gordon provides a contextual update across key data points that track shipping's green transition, covering green technology and the transition to offshore energy. Read more and download the full report.
Investigating the vessels used for CO2 shipping
With no real precedent to go by, the size of LCO2 vessels for projected European movements have been crystallising around the 20,000 cubic meters (cbm) mark. But at Clarksons, we believe there could be other possibilities to consider...
Essential Vessels for Offshore Windfarm Construction and Operations
In this article we take a look at the world of offshore windfarm construction and the crucial role specialised vessels play in ensuring a project’s successful implementation.
End-to-End solution for floating wind
As the world looks to expand offshore wind capacity to meet ambitious offshore energy targets, Ocean Ventus AS is launching a new End-to-End solution to deliver cost-competitive power from floating wind. Clarksons Securities AS has been hired to help find financing and seek strategic partners for the project.
The Future of Offshore Energy
As society continues to grapple with the challenges of climate change, governments across the globe are looking to offshore energy to help meet these increasing energy demands while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable development. With this in mind, we recently brought together a panel of experts from across the Clarksons Group to discuss the current energy landscape.
Looking ahead: The outlook for ammonia freight rates
As we approached the end of 2022, ammonia prices were at an all-time high and the market was enjoying a forward momentum that it seemed nothing could temper. High natural gas prices had forced production cutbacks, the war in Ukraine was causing further supply issues and success was coming easy to newcomers who found the market easy to make money in.
Clarksons hires industry heavy-weight to further strengthen green transition service offering
We are delighted to announce that industry veteran Johan Tutturen will be joining Clarksons Green Transition team as a Senior Technical Adviser.
Speed reduction for CII improvement is grossly overestimated
The Clarksons Green Transition team has developed a breakthrough speed-CII modelling tool addressing sailing speeds' impact on CII. It has demonstrated that many of the traditional methodologies being relied upon for decision-making are inaccurate.
Offshore CCS in the UK and Europe – Two steps forward, one step back?
The drive to store waste CO₂ emissions is growing as we edge ever closer to decarbonisation deadlines. But the journey appears to be far from smooth. Whilst Northwest Europe is certainly at the leading edge of offshore storage developments, bureaucracy and politics appear to be hampering efforts. In this article, we look at what point some projects might begin to falter and run out of momentum, as well as investigating whether this emerging market is showing signs of becoming competitive.
Future of Offshore Energy Fireside Chat
Join experts from across our offshore and green transition teams to discuss the future of offshore energy industry, in this online webinar. Register now.
Levelling the playing field for long-term success
As part of our ongoing commitment to invest in our people and build on the 2022 brand refresh, we further embedded and articulated our values and behaviours.
Leveraging data for stronger client service
Investment in our internal tools, intelligence and operations is key to maintaining our market leading position and delivering on our purpose.
Q&A with Heike Truol
The Board is committed to employees having the opportunity for their views to be heard.
Is the tide turning for ammonia freight rates?
Heading towards the end of 2022, high natural gas prices had forced ammonia production cutbacks and the Ukraine conflict was further exacerbating supply. As a result, prices were driven to all-time highs. However, since entering 2023, we’ve seen European natural gas prices drop below last year’s average. In this article, we examine what this means for ammonia freight rates going forward.
US$20bn of spend is needed to build 200 new vessels
Countries around the world have set ambitious targets around Wind energy production for 2030. But with Wind booming and Oil & Gas back in a big way – does the industry have the Offshore wind vessels required to keep pace with demand?
The opportunities of multi-contracting but the challenges it presents
We have recently seen a number of US developers making the decision to proactively pursue a multi-contracting route. This strategy has been driven by a desire for better visibility on both risk and costs than that offered by the more traditional option of single sourcing Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI), which results in paying a premium for others to take on most of a project’s risk.
Offshore carbon storage: Europe leads the way, but will Asia soon catch up?
While Europe is currently the front-runner in terms of offshore carbon storage, significant developments in other parts of the globe could potentially change this in coming years. In this article, we compare offshore carbon storage developments across Europe with those occurring in Asia Pacific.
Clarkson Port Services acquires offshore renewable energy service provider, DHSS
The acquisition of DHSS will provide a step change in Clarkson Port Services offering, delivering significant added value to existing clients and presenting enhanced growth opportunities through the ability to tender for larger offshore renewables contracts internationally.
Clarksons ramps up investment in US wind team
Global Offshore specialist Clarksons Offshore & Renewables is bolstering its presence in the US wind market in a bid to attract more investment in the development of offshore wind vessels in the US market and support the expansion of the offshore wind market.
First official UK carbon storage application round closes
To date, only six CO₂ storage sites in the UK have had licences granted, however none of them are currently being used for storage. Given the exponential growth in the number of companies looking to enter the CCS sector, storage is becoming increasingly important, and this heightened demand has triggered growing momentum to not only use existing sites, but also create additional new areas.
Offshore Wind Newbuilds has an exciting road head....
In this article, Vegard Vollsæter, Divisional Director | Newbuilding, shares an overview of Offshore Wind Newbuilds and a look ahead to 2023 and beyond.
Ammonia and the cuckoo in the nest
At first glance, it appears that ammonia should be enjoying its moment in the spotlight: new production projects are being announced on a regular basis and there is continued strong demand as well as high prices. Plus, the shift towards cleaner production techniques and ‘greener ammonia’ is well underway. Indeed, it is widely acknowledged that ammonia holds a potentially significant position in the drive towards decarbonisation.
In our 2022 review, we profile another remarkable year for the shipping industry, with a record breaking ClarkSea Index (up 30% y-o-y) and a maritime sector again managing wide ranging disruption from global events including the onset of the Ukraine conflict, continued impacts from the pandemic, a slowing world economy and divergent trends across the shipping sectors.
What will increased UK carbon storage mean for shipping markets?
UK storage remains relatively underdeveloped at present, with just six UK sites that have had licences granted to date. But all that looks set to change as the number of companies looking to enter the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) sector has grown exponentially. Given that storage is the starting place for all CCS projects (no storage, no project!), we are starting to see the development of UK carbon storage facilities that would underpin the region’s ability to cater for an extensive storage infrastructure.
UK carbon storage ambitions ramp up
While a significant amount of work has been put into developing Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects, including Northern Endurance, Acorn, Hynet and South Wales Cluster, UK storage itself remains relatively underdeveloped. This, however, all looks likely to change. Given the exponential growth in the number of companies looking to enter the CCS sector, storage is becoming ever more crucial. After all, no storage – no project!
Fleet electrification to increase as marine battery technology becomes commercially viable
Of the more than 400,000 commercial vessels around the world today, approximately 575 of these are electric and hybrid currently. However, this all looks set to change with sector specialists predicting we will see the number of electric and hybrid vessels increase dramatically in the next few years.
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS): What are the shipping requirements?
While data is partly incomplete and occasionally inconsistent, estimates indicate we are emitting over 35 billion mt of CO₂ each year. Currently we are storing only around 0.1 per cent of that, but as decarbonisation grows in importance, so too does the need for comprehensive CCS solutions. In this article, we take a snapshot of existing CCS projects and look at the related shipping solutions required.
Charity Giving Day 2022
This year, the annual Clarksons PLC global Charity Giving Day event raised over £250,000 for The Clarkson Foundation - an incredible amount to help some inspirational charities. The action packed day saw eight global offices take part and generously donate towards the cause.
Alternative fuels challenge the sustainability of maritime decarbonisation
It is undisputable that we need to drive a lower carbon future. Kenneth Tveter, Head of Clarksons Green Transition team provides his thoughts on how the industry can best achieve this with the resources we have at hand.
Dry Cargo Shipping Diploma 2022: Welcome back!
The aim of the Dry Cargo Shipping Diploma (DCSD) is to deliver a comprehensive understanding of the global dry cargo shipping industry covering commercial, legal, financial, regulatory, operational and technical aspects.
How Clarksons helps offshore wind developers to understand the local marketplace
Achieving your objectives within the global offshore wind market requires a locally focused lens.
Strengthening the bridge between academia and industry
Clarksons was once again pleased to host the Maritime Masters finalist event to both online and in-person delegates, for the fourth year running.
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS): The scale of the challenge
In this article we examine the macro aspects of CO₂, taking a reality check on the scale of carbon emissions, the potential to deal with them, and permanent storage solutions. While global data regarding CO₂ emissions is partly incomplete, and occasionally inconsistent, the estimated figures used in this article provide a valuable, general guide to scale.
Clarksons' enhances its sustainability offering
Clarksons’ Carbon Broking team is pleased to announce its new partnership with CarbonChain.
Inspired by the love of water - Clarksons’ Sophie Wilson interviewed for Insight Energy Magazine
Sophie Wilson, Business Development Manager in our Port Services division, has been featured in a recent article in Insight Energy Magazine. Sophie was interviewed for an article titled ‘Women carve careers inspired by their love of water’.
WindEnergy Hamburg 2022 - Bigger and Better
WindEnergy was back last week bigger and better than before, with post-pandemic record numbers visiting Hamburg for the conference. With all the great news floating around there are always going to be undertones which can’t be ignored, and these did surface in many of the conversations being held.
Behind the drivers of the growing momentum in Green Ammonia
Demand for ammonia is continuing to grow, driven by a combination of traditional demand and a widely recognised need to reduce carbon emissions. But what are the drivers behind this growth, and do they stand up to scrutiny? In this article, we assess some of the sector’s ongoing opportunities and challenges in order to better understand the potential of the ammonia market.
Clarksons partners with Signol to help shipowners make measurable fuel & CO2 savings
Clarksons partners with Signol to help shipowners make measurable fuel and CO2 savings.
Construction Support Offshore Vessel (CSOV) Market Update
Now is the time to look ahead at the Construction Support Offshore Vessel (CSOV) market for 2023. The expected amount of CSOVs required until 2030 based on the current projected offshore windfarms is high.
Green Ammonia: As doubters voice safety concerns, is the sector listening?
The case for ammonia as a marine fuel continues to gain momentum. With support growing, shipowners, producers, traders, engine designers and shipbuilders alike are increasing their efforts to study, design and evaluate ammonia as a future propellant for many types of vessels.
Snapshot: Today’s green ammonia market
In this article we take a snapshot of the current green ammonia market, looking at some of the ongoing issues affecting the sector.
Clarksons opens new Specialised Products desk in Tokyo
Clarksons is pleased to announce the opening of a new Specialised Products desk in Tokyo, welcoming Makoto Komatsu to the team.
Q3-22 and beyond: What does the future look like for green ammonia?
We previously reported on the surge in publicity related to green ammonia and predictions of significant growth in the ammonia market generally. In this article we examine how realistic these expectations are and share some recent market movements which could prove important going forward.
Liquid CO₂ carriage by sea: Market movements
Ship design for CO₂ carriage is evolving rapidly with yards exploring various ship sizes and different pressure/ temperature capabilities. In this article we examine recent market movements for liquid CO₂ carriage and look ahead at what we might expect as the market matures.
Offshore wind vessel and project news
A weekly update from the Renewables team covering Offshore wind vessels and project news in this space.
How green is green ammonia?
Japan recently announced ambitious plans to import 3m tons of green ammonia by 2025 and 30 million tons by 2030 for power generation. And analysts are currently predicting an even more significant surge in demand if ammonia is proven to be a viable alternative for marine propulsion. While the drive to reduce carbon emissions with green ammonia is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, it is important to note that the associated production processes and use of ammonia as a marine fuel will not come without issues.
Evolving the Clarksons brand
Shipping is evolving and becoming increasingly complex, so it is more important than ever to speak to our clients and stakeholders in a way that matters to them.
Green Ammonia: A twist in the tale
Russia's recent invasion of Ukraine could permanently change the shape of the ammonia market going forward. In this article, we examine the impact of the ongoing conflict on ammonia markets – both in the short and longer-term.
2022: Shipping's half year report
Read Clarksons' Shipping Half-Year Report for 2022. Gain valuable insights into the current trends and outlook of the shipping industry.
Clarksons Securities makes bold predictions for tanker rates in 2023 and beyond
The Clarksons Securities shipping team has made a bold prediction of further increases in tanker rates during 2023.
Liquid CO2 carriage by sea: An introduction
As awareness grows about the harmful effects of carbon emissions, we have seen a surge in demand for knowledge about how to carry CO₂ on seagoing vessels, in bulk. This article provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities involved.
Green vessels & the offshore market
As the industry progresses towards decarbonisation, our Renewables team hosted a webinar to discuss the technologies and challenges impacting the Offshore market.
An introduction to Green Ammonia
Over the last 12-24 months, the market has been saturated with reports about green ammonia and bold predictions for its future. This has raised questions from all corners of the energy and shipping worlds. But why all the interest, and are expectations realistic or misleading?
Clarksons awarded silver EcoVadis medal in recognition of sustainability efforts
We are proud to announce that Clarksons has once again been awarded the EcoVadis silver medal in recognition of our continued commitment to improving sustainability across our global business operations.
Clarksons launches on-demand carbon mitigation platform for corporate clients
Clarksons is working with climate-tech company CHOOOSE to offer clients impactful carbon mitigation options to address CO2 emissions with associated shipping activity.
Introducing new Maritech CEO Peter Schrøder
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Schrøder as CEO of Maritech as of 19 April 2022.
Hot Topic - The veg oils, biofuels, and fertiliser crises and their effects on seaborne trade
Since the start of the pandemic, some essential commodity prices have followed a surging trend at an unseen rate in comparison to the previous years: soybean oil 162%, rapeseed oil 171%, sunflower oil 104.29%, palm oil 180%, palm kernel oil 253%.
Fuelling Transition: Tracking Progress
With a record share of newbuild orders in Q1 alternative fuelled, this week’s Analysis, extracted from our upcoming Fuelling Transition report, tracks progress in the shipping industry’s vital decarbonisation journey.
Russia-Ukraine: Shipping Context
Fast-moving developments in Ukraine have generated the most significant disruption to geo-political “norms” for decades. This is the first instalment of commentary and it is freely available.
The right solution, delivered
A recent deal saw us deliver a unique and creative solution for the jackup rig Atlantic Amsterdam, which was transported using a never before taken route for a single rig transportation.
Positive change through cross-divisional collaboration
Our Green Transition team brings together experts from across the Group to deliver smarter and cleaner outcomes for our clients.
Working together across the globe to build back better
As the world sharpens its focus on ‘building back better’, we're seeing demand from clients wanting to ‘pivot’ into the Offshore wind market.
Offshore Review & Outlook
Stephen Gordon summarises the semi-annual review and outlook of the offshore and energy markets, stating cautious optimism and best markets since 2015, as rapid growth in wind continues.
Laurence Hollingworth appointed as Chair
We are delighted to announce that Laurence Hollingworth has been appointed to a new position as Chair of the Board.