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Drewry: Reefer fleet will grow ahead of 2018

Container carriers are increasingly opting to bet on the reefer business by installing plugs on the vessels, whereas the specialized reefer fleet is shrinking. This development will continue ahead of 2015, reports Drewry.

UASC reefer-container | Photo: UASC

The global fleet of reefer container ships will grow significantly over the next few years and ahead of 2018, as cargo is increasingly shifted from the shrinking fleet of specialized reefer vessels to instead container ships equipped to sail with the special refrigerated containers, so-called reefers.

The reefer container fleet has grown 15 percent compared to the same period 2014, and the fleet will grow a combined 20 percent ahead of 2018, notes Drewry in the analyst agency's Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review & Forecast.

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