Fuel prices have risen continuously in the period - from 2007 to 2013 - that SeaIntel has analyzed. Except for a small dive in fuel prices in 2009 it has become increasingly expensive to operate a container carrier. But the growing fuel price has not killed off the carriers, and there are two reasons for this, says SeaIntel: Container ships have gotten bigger and carriers have utilized these savings by slow-steaming.
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