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Alphaliner: Asian carriers preparing to order mega-ships

Several Asian carriers will soon be ready to challenge the new mega-ships as the carriers are expected to announce newbuilding programs with ships of up to 20,000 teu, according to Alphaliner.

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The major deep sea container carriers are starting 2015 with new plans for mega-ships despite prospects of significant overcapacity and uncertainty concerning developments in demand several years into the future. And according to analysts Alphaliner, signs are starting to emerge indicating that several carriers are having trouble finding work even for the bigger ships.

The combined orderbook for new container ships currently stands at 3.39 million teu, corresponding 18.4 percent of the existing fleet. Even though this is the lowest level in 14 years, or since 2000, the global orderbook is expected to grow again in the coming months with new orders for ultra-large container ships in the 18,000 to 20,000 teu range.

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