Alphaliner: Newbuildings boost capacity of container fleet

The major container carriers have increased their overall capacity during the last 12 months, led by Hamburg Süd, among others.

A stream of newbuildings to the major container carriers has increased the capacity among the 21 largest carriers by 5.6 percent over the past year, according to data from Alphaliner. The three carriers that have increased their capacity the most, percentage-wise, are Korean Hyundai, Hamburg Süd and Evergreen with 21.2 percent, 17,4 percent and 15.2 percent, respectively.

The 21 largest carriers, who control 86 percent of the global container capacity, have in the past 12 months taken delivery of newbuildings for a total of 1.37 million teu, and this has taken a big toll on owners in the charter market, where the demand for older tonnage is going down. The major carriers' chartered fleet decreased by 203,000 teu in the same period, from august 2014 to July 2014.

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