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SeaIntel: Second wave of giant ships begins

If a number of the medium-sized container lines carry out their ambitions to build ships in the size of Maersk Line’s Triple-E’s, 165 mega carriers will be deployed during the next 24 months corresponding to 6 or 7 ships per month.

Photo: Maersk Line

More than 165 giant ships of more than 13,500 teu will be deployed on the main routes between Europe and Asia within the next one to two years if container lines succeed in carrying out plans to build new ships and not least succeed in finding the capital needed.

The analyst company SeaIntel dubs this development the “second round of mega-vessels” and in its weekly Sunday Spotlight, the company notes that any carrier with an ambition to stay active on the Asia-Europe traffic has to upgrade its fleet with these mega carriers regardless of the fact that this will prolong the period with way too much capacity for the existing demand.

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