SeaIntel: Mega-vessels reduce shipowners' flexibility

In the future, it may have bigger consequences for shippers as well when the number of weekly services between the Far East and North Europe is reduced and when the shipowners, for periods of time, must adjust capacity to the actual demand.

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Although the new and extremely large container ships between the Far East and North Europe contribute to lowering unit costs for shipowners, the same shipowners will end up losing some of their current flexibility as they will continuously have to adjust capacity to the actual demand.

There will also be consequences for the customers when shipowners gradually reduce the number of services to keep in line with the phasing in of the large vessels.

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