A couple of months ago, a photo appeared on social media showing a group of boiler-suited, mask-wearing shipyard staff huddled around a table strewn with coffee cups and documents in a small room.

The beaming face in the foreground taking the selfie had gleefully captioned it “We’re back.”

The shot summed up the desire by many in the newbuilding and sale-and-purchase markets to return to something like the face-to-face world of pre-Covid-19 days.

But about twice the number of newbuildings have been concluded in these past 12 lockdown months than in each of the previous two years, so is there any need to return to the old reality?

For one South Korean shipyard official, it is a resounding “yes”.