• 15

     Years of historical shortsea data at our fingertips

  • 150

     years of combined shortsea knowledge

  • 11k

     Shortsea fixtures to date (11,000)

  • 100%

     Flexibility - we move everything from peanuts to woodpulp

Whilst the Dry Cargo team focuses on long distance trade routes, our Shortsea team is responsible for the movement of similar goods on smaller vessels and shorter routes.

Our Shortsea team specialises in shipping dry cargo via regional and coastal trade, smaller ports and shallower waters.

These factors, together with a typical vessel size that ranges from 2,000 mt dwt to 20,000 mt dwt, mean that Shortsea operations demand specialist skills and knowledge. The commodities carried are broadly the same as those handled by the Dry Cargo team - primarily coal, cereals and grains, and biomass, as well as timber, scrap, fertiliser and cement. However, we also have a proven capability in carrying liquids on shorter routes, where we draw on the expertise and experience of our Specialised Products team. 

Our competitive advantage is based on in-depth knowledge, driven by the market intelligence provided by Clarkson Research Services, harnessed to excellent business relationships developed over many years.

Mark Goodall
MD Dry Cargo

The major regions of activity for the Shortsea team include northern Europe, the Baltic, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, together with increasing activity in West Africa, the Far East and transatlantic. Our Shortsea team is comprised of Clarksons Shortsea in Great Yarmouth and HC Shipping in Hull. In addition, we have an important presence in Genoa and Athens.

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ECUK/ARAG - N Spain Spot Rate



  • SP: Hurricane Ophelia caused numerous delays to the short sea chems fleet, some owners contract voyages were cancelled as a result #Ophelia

  • TC: Firmer sentiment across the crude sector for up to 12 months t/c with enquiry on both East and West especially on the Aframaxes.

  • CTNR: Peak leg Transpacific box volumes rose by 11.9% y-o-y in Aug; in Jan-Aug 2017 box volumes on this route expanded by 8.7% y-o-y.

  • Deep Sea:Chinese crude imports at second highest ever monthly level in Sept. ,above 9m bpd again.Year-to-date imports up 12% on last year.

  • SP: Steady day in small Euro intermediate sector with little change noted.Tighter availability for larger intermediates - rates poss firming