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More large container ships on intra-Asia

Surplus Panamax ships are increasingly deployed on Asian services, but there are significant drawbacks for carriers in several key ports, says Alphaliner. Meanwhile, Maersk Line and NYK are launching a new collaboration in the region.

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Container carriers are looking toward the intra-Asian routes in order to find employment for their many "surplus" Panamax ships in the 4,000-5,000 teu range, which are replacing the much smaller 1,700 - 2,800 teu vessels.

While the bigger ships and bigger volumes enable the carriers to spread their fuel expenses across a higher number of containers, they find themselves limited by size in numerous Asian ports due to the ships' draft, while the bigger volumes result in longer port stays, says Alphaliner.

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