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Towering employment rate in the container fleet

A very strong demand on the key routes Far East-Europe and the Far East-US has given container carriers plenty of employment in spite of the many newbuildings delivered, according to Alphaliner.

The growth of the employed container fleet has reached the highest level in three years, according to analysts Alphaliner, and this has happened alongside the increasing delivery of newbuildings as well as a reduced fleet of idle ships. Furthermore, ship scrapping has slowed down following high activity in the first six months of 2014.

The number of newbuildings delivered in July came to 219,000 teu, the second highest level in a single month since 2011. The past 12 months have shown a total growth in the employed container fleet of 7.3 percent, compared to the year before.

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