The number of idled container ships, or container ships currently without jobs, has dropped to the lowest level in three years, according to data from Alphaliner. In total, just 19 ships of more than 500 teu are idled right now, corresponding to 230,900 teu by the end of July, and this is the lowest number since August 2011.
The segment between 500-2.000 teu, in particular, has seen the biggest decline, as the number of idled ships has dropped from 97 to 85 in two weeks, and this development is especially caused by congestion in Manila and Tunisia, says Alphaliner. In these locations ships can currently face a two to four week wait for a berth.
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