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Shipowners' craze for container mega-vessels has vanished

The aggregate orderbook for new container ships has reached the lowest level in 17 years and, according to Alphaliner, will likely decline further in the near future due to terrible market conditions and the consolidation in the industry.

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Container carriers' appetite for newbuildings has reached its lowest level since 1999, and the combined orderbook will likely decline further in the near future, notes Alphaliner, citing the extremely poor market conditions and consolidation in the sector.

In the first seven months of 2016, shipowners only ordered the equivalent of 202,000 teu in new container ships. In comparison, the shipowners ordered 2.3 million teu in new capacity in 2015.

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