Idle container ships at lowest level since 2008

In mid-November the number of idle ships in the global container fleet reached the lowest level since the onset of the crisis. This development is attributed to, among other factors, congestion in ports on the US West Coast, according to Alphaliner.

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In mid-November the global container fleet experienced the lowest level of idle ships since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008, according to an analysis performed by Alphaliner. By mid-November, the fleet of idle ships of more than 500 teu decreased to 105 units, or 202,000 teu, says the analyst agency. This drop corresponds to 1.1 percent of the combined fleet.

This development is caused by, among other factors, the current congestion in ports on the US West Coast, which results in work for more ships. Some of the container ships waiting to berth in Los Angeles and Long Beach have missed their slots, and this means that extra ships are deployed, says Alphaliner. Meanwhile, more ships of 1,000 to 2,000 teu have been deployed on services to the port in Manila in an effort to curb the congestion that has been plaguing the port since the middle of the year.

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