Alphaliner: 1.8 million new teu on the market until 2014

Even though the container shipping companies have managed to somewhat mitigate the growth of tonnage by using slow steaming, scrapping, and by taking ships out, there will be massive amounts of new tonnage coming into the market this year and the next, according to Alphaliner.

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Maersk Line’s CEO Søren Skou told ShippingWatch recently that 2013 could be a tough year due to the prospects of “massive amounts" of new tonnage coming into the market while economic  developments remain slow.

Today, new numbers from Alphaliner confirm Søren Skou’s predictions for next year. In spite of Maersk Line and many of its competitors’ successfully having withdrawn capacity in 2012, not least on Asia-Europe, through slow steaming, layups, and scrapping the old fleet, the amount of new tonnage that will come into the market in 2013 makes the foreseeable challenges tangible.

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