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Container shipowners in new rate-turmoil in 2015

The total fleet capacity on the services between the Far East and North Europe will grow by all of nine percent in 2015, show new numbers from Alphaliner, which assesses that the already extremely low rates, that have been more than halved since January, will be put under massive pressure.

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Container shipowners on the services between the Far East and North Europe are entering a 2015, where further pressure will be put on already low spot rates. New and updated numbers from Alphaliner show, that the arrival of larger vessels on the routes will increase the total weekly capacity by nine percent, which is significantly higher than the expected demand.

Especially the two alliances - the new Ocean Three (O3) and the expanded CKYHE - are in the lead and will each increase capacity by all of 15 percent towards the end of 2015. Maersk Line and MSC in the 2M alliance are expected to add seven percent to their weekly capacity, and the fourth alliance, G6, will grow by just one percent.

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