Drewry: Carriers spend billions on smaller container ships

Even though the ultra-large container ships are getting the most attention these days, container carriers are also spending billions of dollars on smaller container ships, according to a new analysis from Drewry.

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The mega-ships of 18,000 teu and above may be stealing most of the attention these days, but it is still worth noting the smaller container segments, reports Drewry in a new analysis, pointing out that there is considerable interest in ships of 8,000 teu and less.

Around 5,200 container ships are currently sailing around the world seas. Of these, a vast majority belongs to the smaller segments, around 85 percent, while almost half of today's orderbook for new container ships fall into the category of 8,000 teu or less - namely 270 vessels, according to the analysis.

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