Alphaliner: Few orders for new container ships

The current balance between orders for new container ships and the existing fleet is at one of the lowest levels since 2000, according to Alphaliner on Tuesday.

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Shipyards' orderbooks compared to the container fleet currently stand at one of the lowest levels since 2000, according to shipping analysts Alphaliner. The agency has studied the trends surrounding carriers' ordering of new container ships.

Orders for new ships in 2014 have just passed a capacity of one million teu. A total of 145 ships have been ordered, brining the yards' total orderbooks to 3.51 million teu, corresponding to 19.3 percent of the current fleet, which stands at 18.21 million teu, according to Alphaliner.

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