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Record-high number of ships scrapped

The number of ships scrapped this year is on track for an all-time high, and this year's scrapped ships will also have the shortest lifespan to date, says Alphaliner.

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This year's scrapping volumes are set to be the biggest ever, and the ships sent to scrapping will be the youngest ever, says Alphaliner in a new analysis.

A total of 212,000 teu have been scrapped in the first four months of 2014, corresponding to 27 percent more than in the same period last year. This level will likely be somewhat lower over the summer, but Alphaliner still predicts that total scrapping volumes will reach 500,000 teu for the year as a whole. This number finished at 463,000 teu for 2013.

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