Orders for container newbuilds reach record high

2021 is on track to set a new record for orders for container vessels. Transactions involving secondhand vessels have already surpassed 2017, the previous record-breaking year, according to new figures from Clarksons Research.

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Sky-high container rates have sparked such demand for new vessels among carriers that newbuilds are on track to break records this year in terms of capacity (teu), according to new estimates from analyst firm Clarksons Research.

According to Clarksons, 2021 is the biggest year so far for newbuilds with orders totaling 3.4 million teu having been added to the container fleet since the beginning of the year. Moreover, an additional 300,000 teu was ordered in mid-September, including Evergreen's 24 vessels with capacity ranging from 1,800 to 3,000 teu.

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