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 Global merchant shipping fleet continues to grow (08-03-2011)
  The largest fully-cellular containership fleet grew by 9.5% in 2010. A study compiled by the Bremen (Germany)-based Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL)revealed that 611 vessels with a 3.8 million teu capacity were ordered in January. At the beginning of 2011 a total of 4,900 containerships, with a capacity of 14.1 million teu, were in service. 258 newbuildings (capacity 1.3 million teu) were delivered in 2010. Tonnage with a capacity of 120,000 teu was scrapped (2009 = 377,000 teu). According to Alphaliner, an information platform for the liner shipping industry, the number of laid-up vessels sank to 110 units (capacity: 239,500 teu). The situation has improved considerably thanks to order cancellations, displacements, slow steaming and a positive market. Clarkson Research said that a total of 29 ships, including Maersk's 18,000 teu newbuildings, were ordered in the first two months of the current year. Tonnage capable of carrying around 1.4 million teu is expected to join the market in 2011.

Source: ITZ
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