Top stories of 2020: Inside ocean shipping’s wild ride

A year ago, shipping experts unveiled their projections for 2020. Little did they know how short their forecasts’ shelf lives would be. Pre-COVID outlooks were practically worthless by February.

The pandemic reshaped cargo demand across all shipping segments, but for two in particular: container shipping and tanker shipping.

In both cases, COVID had a violent effect on demand — up then down for tankers, down then up for containers. And in both cases, initial expectations on rate effects were wrong.

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