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Investment slump has created an aging fleet of small and medium-sized container ships

A low number of investments have left the fleet of small and medium-sized container ships with an average age profile of more than 12 years. Without new investments, the future of several segments is uncertain, writes Alphaliner.

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While container lines and shipowners have invested billions of dollars into the biggest segment of container ships in recent years, shipping companies and shipowners now have an aging fleet of small and medium-sized vessels on their hands due to limited investments, writes analyst firm Alphaliner.

Most of the segments between 500 and 9,000 teu currently have an average age profile of between 12 to 15 years. In comparison, the age profile for megamaxes is only five years.

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