World’s shippers are earning the most money since 2008, Economy News & Top Stories

 World’s shippers are earning the most money since 2008, Economy News & Top Stories

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) – The global shipping industry is getting its biggest payday since 2008 as the combination of booming demand for goods and a global supply chain that is collapsing under the weight of Covid-19 drives freight prices ever higher.

Whether its giant container ships stacked high with 40-foot steel boxes, bulk carriers whose cavernous holds house thousands of tons of coal or specialised vessels designed to pack in cars and trucks, earnings are soaring for ships of almost every type.

With the merchant fleet hauling about 80 per cent of world trade, the surge reaches into every corner of the economy.

The boom back in 2008 brought with it a huge wave of new vessel orders, but the rally was quickly undone by a demand collapse when a financial crisis triggered the deepest global recession in decades.

This boom’s causes are twofold – an economic reopening after Covid-19 that has spurred surging demand for goods and raw…

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