The total capacity of container ships ordered by early June reached 1.04mn teu, 60 per cent more than was ordered during the corresponding period of 2014, say the shipping analysts Alphaliner.
The new wave of orders is focused mainly on ships of above 18,000 teu, with orders for 39 units of 18,000- 21,000 teu placed in the first six months of this year, the company said.
The latest contract was concluded in June when the Maersk Line, of Denmark, ordered 11 ships of 19,630 teu from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), of South Korea, and took options for six additional units of the same type. These second generation Triple-E vessels will add to the 20 of the first generation of the class, of 18,340 teu, that the line ordered in 2011.The 11 new ships will join the Maersk Line’s fleet between April, 2017, and May, 2018 and operate on the Europe-Asia service.
The contract has a value of USD 1.8bn and the ships will be the largest in the Maersk Line fleet. Each will have a length of around 400m, a width of 58.6m, and a 16.5m draft, and they will sail under the Danish flag.
Over the next five years, the Maersk Line is planning to invest $15bn in new-buildings, retrofitting, containers and other equipment.
Alphaliner said with this new contract, the number of 18,000-21,000 teu ships ordered so far this year is 88.