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Alphaliner: Large container ships displace smaller ones

Preparations for the Chinese New Year kept many container carriers busy in January, but that will soon end, says Alphaliner.

The number of idle container carriers is steady in the beginning of 2013, in spite of significant scrapping activities, and it is expected that new, massive container ships will put a lot of pressure on the market in the coming months, writes Alphaliner on Tuesday.

The idle fleet of containerships above 500 teu has reached 278 units for 754,000 teu by the end of January, while the number of idle ships of more than 7,500 teu has increased by four ships in the last two weeks, as new deliveries of vessels of over 10,000 teu have pushed out some of the smaller ships, leaving a number of them unemployed.

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