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Alphaliner: Container capacity growth to drop 50 pct in 2016

Fewer new ships delivered combined with projected record scrapping levels lead Alphaliner to downgrade its outlook for capacity growth in the container sector for 2016. But a large idle fleet and low activity leaves the market with a continued bleak outlook, says the analyst firm.

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Capacity growth in the global container sector is expected to land at around 770, 000 teu in 2016, which is down more than half in comparison with the year prior.

The new outlook is attributed first and foremost on pressured carriers who are expected to receive far fewer ships this year than was the case in 2015, a year in which the large mega-ships in particular poured in on the main routes from Asia to North Europe and from Asia to the US West Coast, writes Alphaliner in a new analysis.

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