Alphaliner: Idle container capacity quadrupled in a year

The idle fleet of container ships above 500 TEU has quadrupled from 75 units in 2011 to 216 units in 2012, writes Alphaliner in its latest newsletter.

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By late July, the idle fleet of container ships above 500 TEU (twenty-foot containers) counted 216 units with a total capacity of 467.000 TEU. Those numbers are four times higher than the corresponding numbers from 2011, which were 75 units and 115.000 TEU, writes Alphaliner in its latest newsletter.

“The idle fleet has been gradually rising since the beginning of July, and shows a markedly different pattern from the past two years when the idle fleet only started to increase in August/September.

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