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Maritime & Trade Fleet Capacity Forecast

Get strategic investment and competitive intelligence beyond the order book.

The Maritime & Trade Fleet Capacity Forecast is an online tool that lets you envision the 10-year supply and demand outlook for up to 110 combinations of ship types and sizes. Whether you build, buy, sell, charter, insure, service or harbor ships, or trade in shipped commodities, the decisions you make can involve millions of dollars and should depend on the most reliable data and information. The Fleet Capacity Forecast integrates IHS Markit macroeconomic forecasts with proprietary maritime data and bespoke modeling to predict global fleet capacity – newbuildings, active fleet and retirements – with 95% accuracy.

Shipping industry professionals and commodity traders use the forecast to optimize their investment, planning and market positioning decisions, so they can:

  • Determine which ships to invest in
  • Anticipate future asset prices
  • Uncover maritime market opportunities
  • Align product development and sales decisions with demand
  • Estimate the skills and resources needed for tomorrow's fleet
  • Quantify the future market for downstream products

IHS Markit Senior Analyst Dalibor Gogic explains how the Fleet Capacity Forecast can show the impact of crude oil dynamics on global shipping


  • Long-term Forecasting: Predict newbuildings, retirements and active fleet for 110 combinations of vessel types and sizes to 2026
  • Visualization: Download forecast graphs for 10 types of vessels:
    • Container ships
    • Bulk carriers
    • Crude oil and product tankers
    • LNG and LPG tankers
    • Ro-Ro and general cargo ships
    • Vehicle carriers
    • Offshore support vessels
  • Chart Selector: Choose chart type (column, area, line) and display (relative v. absolute numbers)
  • Export Options: Download data in Excel, CSV, PowerPoint or PDF format
  • Fleet-Specific Analysis: Get free reports that detail forecast drivers for specific fleet types
  • Market Data and News Feed: Find shipping prices, market data, real-time news, insight articles
  • Newbuildings Reports: Read new construction analysis from our Sea-Web service
  • Automatic Updates: Receive quarterly data refreshes
  • Key Driver Graphs: Visualize the main variables that influence the fleet capacity forecast
  • Learn More: Link to forecast PDFs to learn more about methodology, user guide, key drivers

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