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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.

Chinese investors own 10 percent of Europe's ports

Large national Chinese companies have bought more shares in European ports over the past ten years and now own capacity corresponding to 10 percent of all European container capacity, according to a review from OECD.

European shipyards soar on orders in 2016

Orders for European shipbuilders increased more than 45 percent in the first eight months of 2016, while Asian yards are hit hard by the lowest number of newbuilding orders in 20 years, notes Bimco.

European ports are losing ground

While the Chinese ports noted growth in the second quarter of 2016, ports in Europe, South Korea, and the US were hit with setbacks, according to Shanghai International Shipping Institute, which lists the ten largest ports in the world.

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