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Alphaliner: Container fleet growth to hit all-time low

Fewer newbuildings and more ships sold as scrap will make the container fleet grow by less than one million teu in 2016. This represents the lowest growth rate ever noted in the container fleet, according to the analyst firm.

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The container fleet is expected to grow 4.6 percent this year due to fewer newbuildings and increased ship recycling, reports Alphaliner in its weekly newsletter.

In percentages this represents the lowest annual fleet growth ever, and the figure easily clocks in below the previous record of 5.5 percent in 2009. The average fleet growth rate has hovered at 10.3 percent since 1990.

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