BOOK REVIEW | The Clarksons Registers (Bulk Carrier/Chemical Tanker/Containership/Gas Carrier/Tanker)

In the first quarter of each year the Clarksons Registers appear. Their arrival is a great occasion for anyone interested in the wider shipping market, in individual ships, in ship owners and in ship statistics. Befitting the world’s biggest shipbroker, Clarksons also boasts the world’s biggest and undoubtedly best maritime research department, Clarksons Research. These very valuable books and their electronic counterparts are a brilliant illustration of the work and talents of that department.

In addition to the register books listed below, Clarksons also publish the Offshore Service Vessel and Reefer registers as well as the overarching World Fleet Register. All are equally comprehensive and easy to use. The work involved in compiling and updating them would be staggering. Of course, they are only a part of the overall Clarksons Research effort. A look at the company’s website,, offers the best overview of its offerings.

Every imaginable useful detail describing some 150,000 ships, their 40,000 owners, their builders, their engines and much more is provided in the registers. If you want to find out almost anything about a ship or its owner anywhere in the world, the registers are the obvious place to start looking.

Without loading this review with any more superlatives, readers will have got the message that we at Baird Maritime, and we are in the maritime news and information business, are avid users and admirers of the Clarksons Registers.

The Bulk Carrier Register 2020

The Chemical Tanker Register 2020

The Containership Register 2020

The Gas Carrier Register 2020

The Tanker Register 2020

Available from Clarksons Research, London, UK.


Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.