14,000 teu vessels new workhorse on Asia-Europe

In just a few years, the preferred workhorse on Asia-Europe has changed from container ships with a capacity of 8,000 to 8,999 teu to this year being vessels that can carry upwards of 14,000 teu, notes SeaIntel in an analysis of the market.

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The development in container ship sizes has happened so fast that the most frequently used vessel type on the key Asia-Europe trade has seen a big leap up in size in just a few years, according to a market review performed by SeaIntel.

Just four years ago, the most frequently used vessel on Asia-Europe had a capacity of 8,000 to 8,999 teu, or 35 percent of the fleet, to be more precise. Ahead of 2015, the race to secure bigger ships has increased the size of the most frequently used vessels, so that 47 percent of the container ships on the same route today can hold 13,000 to 13,999 teu, notes SeaIntel.

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