The world’s biggest shipbroker, Clarksons, has indicated it is set to soar past last year’s interim profit figure after a “strong” trading performance.

In an update, the London-listed group said it is expecting to report underlying profit before tax for the six months to 30 June of not less than £42m ($50.6m).

This compares to £27.3m in the same period of last year, which was in turn up 30% from 2020.