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How many container ships are on the market in 2016?


Apr 08 2016

Guide: The global container ship capacity is expected to increase by only 4.6% in 2016, with only a small number of new ships and some new scrap ships.
The container fleet in 2016 is destined to develop slowly.

Alphaliner said that the global container ship capacity is expected to increase by only 4.6% in 2016, with only a small number of new ships and some new scrap ships. In general, the slow delivery of ships and the increase in the number of scrapped ships for sale may curb net fleet growth in 2016, resulting in their nominal capacity being less than 1 Mteu.

According to the percentage, this year will be the slowest year for the growth of the global container fleet. Below the 5.5% growth rate of the same period in 2009, the compound annual growth rate will be much lower than the 10.3% in 1990.

After adjusting for potential delays, this year's shipping volume is expected to reach 1.23Mteu, while the 2015 volume is recorded at 1.72Mteu.

Pessimistic analysis believes that if the weak market demand persists this year, the data may be lower. This is because the continuous slowdown in demand may prompt the carrier to delay the delivery of ship orders, and a small number of orders that are in trouble with the economy may be completely cancelled.

Due to the decrease in demand, shipping companies may be forced to reduce the use of old ships, accidents have occurred or the number of recalls of ships is likely to reach 35000teu.

12In December 2015, the number of ships scrapped for sale surged, and 15 51,000teu ships were sold within a month. These vessels exceeded one quarter of the total scrapped 192,000teu.

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