Overcapacity in Liner Industry Expected to Accelerate [REPORT]

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January 10, 2012

Container shipping industry analyst Alphaliner said today that overcapacity in the liner industry will continue into 2012 as supply growth continues to accelerate.

In their weekly report, Alphaliner projected that the net growth of the world cellular containership fleet is expected to grow by 8.3% in 2012, compared to the 7.9% growth seen in 2011.  Alphaliner adds that some 253 cellular containerships with the combined capacity of 1.47 million TEU’s are planned for delivery this year.

Alphaliner says that the 8.2% fleet growth that is expected for 2012 will present a serious challenge for the industry and orderbook bias toward larger ships will worsen the oversupply afflicting the main East-West trades.  The report notes that of the expected deliveries in 2012, 49% are concentrated in ships of above 10,000 teu.

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