Blockbuster results from Clarkson’s broking division have helped the group finish the first half of 2022 with record profit for the period.

The results came in spite of the challenges to markets posed by Russia’s war in Ukraine and disruptions to seaborne trade.

“The broking teams delivered a very strong first half, with standout performances in the dry cargo, sale and purchase and tanker markets as sustained volumes and rates buoyed profits,” Clarksons said in its interim report for 2022.