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Media: MSC ready to order 11 mega-vessels

Italian MSC is, according to Tradewind's information, ready to place an order for 11 container ships of 22,000 teu each worth a total USD 1.5 billion. This is shortly after competitor CMA CGM according to sources also ordered new mega-vessels.

Number of mega-vessels on Asia-Europe set to explode

35 percent of the container vessels sailing between Asia and North Europe are ultra-large ships with capacities exceeding 18,000 containers – and this number will increase significantly within the next few years, shows an analysis by SeaIntel.

Alphaliner: Mega-vessels will overwhelm container market in 2017

For every two container vessels hitting the water in 2017, only one will leave the fleet, projects Alphaliner in a new analysis. Fleet growth in the container market will be more than twice as big as in 2016 and will be driven by the delivery of new, giant container ships.

OECD: Port of Gothenburg in need of investments

Massive investments and not least dredging is needed in the Port of Gothenburg if the Swedish port is to maintain its status as Scandinavia's top container hub, notes a new OECD report. More direct container routes represent a crucial asset for the port.

Shipowners' craze for container mega-vessels has vanished

The aggregate orderbook for new container ships has reached the lowest level in 17 years and, according to Alphaliner, will likely decline further in the near future due to terrible market conditions and the consolidation in the industry.

"Mega ships are not the biggest threat"

Whether a ship is big is not necessarily the key factor deciding the scope of an accident shipwreck occurs, explains one of the world's leading global consulting firms, LOC, in an interview with ShippingWatch. The biggest threat lies elsewhere, says the firm.

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