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Mega ships will be the biggest challenge for ports

Container ships today have quadrupled in size since 1992, and even just a modest growth in demand will result in enormous volumes for the global terminal operators, writes Drewry.

Growth in demand and the new mega ships are the two biggest challenges for the major container terminal operators, according to analysts Drewry's annual report about the terminal sector. A sector that, in spite of these challenges and changes, remains dynamic and profitable.

While there seems to be widespread agreement that the future container demand won't be as strong as the boom in the 1990s and 00s, demand is still expected to surpass 800 million teu by 2017 with an annual growth of approximately five percent.

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