The race for mega ships is escalating

Smaller players among the world's 20 largest container carriers are forced to order new mega ships very soon if they want to survive the competition, writes Alphaliner.

Photo: Leth Suez

The race among container carriers to secure mega ships will continue at full force, and several of the smaller players on the Top 20, such as MOL and NYK, seem forced to be next in line to order the so-called ULCS's of more than 10,000 teu in order to lower their costs, writes Alphaliner.

During the first seven months of the year, 147 ships have been delivered so far, corresponding to a total of 938,500 teu, a number that's expected to reach 1.5 million teu for 2013 as a whole. A total of 24 ships of more than 13,000 have been delivered so far this year, and another 10 will be delivered before the end of the year.

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