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Shipping lines scrap far fewer container vessels

The extraordinarily busy container market has resulted in far fewer scrapped ships. The number of container vessels sold for scrapping has more than halved in the first six months of the year, writes Alphaliner.

The price of new container vessels skyrockets

The shipyard prices of newly built container vessels have skyrocketed in the first half of the year, writes Alphaliner. But that hasn't stopped container carriers from placing new orders.

Container lines' buying rush rains on yards and brokers

Container carriers ordered newbuilds at an unprecedented rate in the first six months of the years, figures show. The purchase and sale of second-hand vessels also set a new record in an overheated market where carriers race to cash in on the sky-high freight rates.

Maersk's orderbook has become more regionally focused

Maersk currently has the smallest orderbook of the world's top ten container lines. Meanwhile, Maersk has no new mega vessels on order, which, according to Alphaliner, indicates that shipping line has changed its strategy in terms of ordering newbuilds.

Maersk's container fleet loses market shares

Measured in capacity, Maersk's market share is shrinking compared to its major competitors, writes Alphaliner, while both MSC and Cosco grew their shares in recent years. The trend is expected to continue for the container line, projects the firm.

Container ship sizes increase on main tradelanes

Big container ships are starting to replace smaller container ships on the routes between Asia-Europe and Asia-North America. MSC's new 23,700-teu vessels are just the most recent example of a development that will continue, writes Alphaliner.

Scrubbers looking to be a sound investment

The first indication of the price difference between low-sulfur oil and conventional ship fuel is that shipping lines using scrubbers have made a good investment, Alphaliner assesses.

ZIM expands cooperation with 2M

2M strengthens its collaboration with Israeli liner company ZIM, which adds two new services and 20 container vessels to their partnership. The news come the same week as HMM's exit from 2M.

Mega-ships will continue to drive fleet growth

The largest container ships have driven fleet growth in the container industry for many years, and this trend is set to continue. Meanwhile, demand for smaller container vessels will continue to decline, estimates Alphaliner.

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