Shipping bank positive on container outlook despite warnings of looming over-capacity

Berenberg expects "at least" two years' worth of good market conditions in container shipping. Its focus is on asset-based financing of smaller vessels and over-capacity is not an issue, says Berenberg's head of shipping.

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While some lenders and shipowners are warning that the current spectacular container rates may soon be heading south as a flotilla of container newbuilds hits the water in the coming years, others strike a more positive tone.

Berenberg, a Hamburg-based German bank with a growing business in ship finance, is "relatively optimistic" on behalf of the container market, at least with respect to the coming two years.

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