Habben Jansen wants carriers to up the orderbook

The red-hot container market needs more new vessels if the market growth of approximately 3 percent a year is to be handled. The orderbook for new vessels is far too low, says Hapag-Lloyd's chief executive. Analyst agrees. But Maersk will not order newbuilds.

Hapag-Lloyd's CEO Rolf Habben Jansen would like to see even more newbuild orders from container lines. | Photo: PR / Hapag-Lloyd

Although several of the world's biggest players, such as Evergreen, HMM, Yang Ming and Zim, have ordered new container vessels recently, there is need for even more pressure on the pace of newbuilds, says Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen.

The German container line, the world's fifth-largest, considers the current orderbook for new container vessels to be far too low compared to the existing fleet and overall need in the container market, which is expected to grow by 3 percent annually.

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