Databasing Rare Shipping Data

I don’t know if there is such a word as “Databasing”, but one of the immediate outcomes of the Shipping Research Data Survey is that I am working with a shipbroker who has unique data. He works in a niche market, and has been producing a weekly market report with freight rates for that sector. I haven’t come across rates for this sector before, and so we are working toward creating a database by inputting the back data. More news and details as the project develops…

Shipping Research Data Survey

Just how much shipping data is out there?

This is a question that has long intrigued me. To answer this question I have started a survey of all the shipping data providers I can think of. The list includes all the usual suspects, such as Clarksons, SSY and Fearnleys, plus many other less well known names gleaned from Google searches. Each data provider will be sent a spreadsheet with a matrix of 40 shipping sectors, and 80 data points. I fill in as much of the spreadsheet as I can from what I know from my past dealings with the organisation and from details from their website.

I will publish the results in an ebook, which will be a guide to other shipping analysts searching for that hard to find data. We all have our favourite sources for the standard sectors like VLCC or Capesize, but where to go for car carriers timecharter rates or product tanker price forecasts?

Therefore, if you are from a shipbrokers or a shipping consultancy, check to see if you have received an email from me. If not, then drop me a line.

The sectors I am looking at are:

2 Suezmax
3 Aframax
4 Panamax Tanker
5 Handysize Tanker
6 Small Tanker
7 Specialised Tanker
8 LR1 Product Tanker
9 LR2 Product Tanker
10 MR Product Tanker
11 SR Product Tanker
12 Small Product Tanker
13 Capesize DB
14 Panamax DB
15 Supramax DB
16 Handymax DB
17 Handysize DB
18 IMO II Chemical Carriers
19 IMO III Chemical Carriers
20 VLGC Carriers
21 Medium LPG Carriers
22 Small Semi-Ref LPG Carrier
23 Ethylene Carrier
24 Small Fully Press LPG Carrier
25 VLPP Containership
26 Post-Panamax Containership
27 Panamax Containership
28 Handysize Containership
29 Feeder Containership
30 Handysize MPP
31 Small MPP
32 Short Sea
33 Inland Waterways
34 Passenger Ferry
35 Freight Ferry
36 Car Carrier
37 LNG Carrier
38 General Cargo
39 Reefer
40 Cruise Ship

And the data points are;

1 Spot Rates
2 Spot Earnings / TCE
3 Timecharter Rates
4 Trip Charter Rates
5 Own Brand Indices
6 Secondhand Prices
7 Resale Prices
8 Delivered Prices
9 S&P Activity
10 Newbuilding Prices
11 Scrap Prices
12 Fixtures
13 FFAs
14 Port Costs
15 Opex
16 Repayment Estimate
17 Contracting Activity (new orders)
18 Fleet Size
19 Fleet losses
20 Fleet Additions
21 Conversions
22 Demolition Activity
23 Ships used for Storage
24 Laid Up / Idle
25 Slow Steaming
26 Fleet Availability
27 Ship / Fleet Efficiency
28 Average Speed
29 Average Consumption
30 Open Vessels
31 Congestion
32 Trade (Imports / exports)
33 Economic Data
34 Currencies
35 Vessel Movements
36 Port Throughputs
37 Commodity Prices
38 Commodity Production
39 Commodity Consumption
40 Commodity Storage
41 Tonne-miles
42 Spot Rates
43 Spot Earnings / TCE
44 Timecharter Rates
45 Trip Charter Rates
46 Secondhand Prices
47 Resale Prices
48 Delivered Prices
49 Newbuilding Prices
50 Scrap Prices
51 Contracting Activity (new orders)
52 Shipbuilding Capacity
53 Fleet Size
54 Fleet losses
55 Fleet Additions (inc conversions)
56 Conversions
57 Demolition Activity
58 Trade
59 Economic Data
60 Currencies
61 Vessel Movements
62 Commodity Prices
63 Commodity Production
64 Daily
65 Weekly
66 Monthly
67 Quarterly
68 Annual
69 Special Report
70 Presentation
71 Public
72 Internet Download
73 App
74 Bespoke
75 Cost – Low
76 Cost – High
77 Own Broker in Sector
78 Quality Assurance
79 Live Streaming News
80 News Archive

Shipping Research and Ship Finance Blog

Welcome to my blog on shipping research and shipping finance. My name is Craig Jallal ( and I am an experienced shipping analyst who has worked in the research department of shipbrokers and in the ship finance division of banks. I currently write features and analysis for the shipping press on a freelance basis while looking for a full-time position in shipping research, finance or writing.

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