Shipowners rushing to place orders for mid-sized container vessels in 2021

A strong market for chartering out container vessels has triggered a huge influx of orders at shipyards for small and mid-sized container vessels. One shipowner is behind a big share of the orders, according to Alphaliner.

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Over the course of 2021, shipowners have sent a cascade of orders to shipyards for newbuilds of container ships upwards of 7,000 teu.

A historically strong market for chartering out vessels to container majors has prompted non-operating owners to order 113 small and mid-sized vessels since the beginning of the year, writes analyst firm Alphaliner.

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