The world's cellular container ship fleet reached a record 21mn teu last November, according to the analysts Alphaliner.
However, the fleet growth was somewhat slower than expected over the past two years as it took 22 months for the fleet to pass the 20mn teu threshold.
Alphaliner said: “This is the slowest growth rate since 2000, taking into account that the average growth rate over the past 15 years came at 1mn teu every 12-13 months.
“The slowdown is due to the increased scrapping of ships which removed 501,000 teu from the fleet as new deliveries brought in 413,000 teu, giving a marginal shrinking of the fleet.”
Since March, 2017, some 700,000 teu had been added to the fleet over the following eight months, with 930,000 teu delivered and only 230,000 teu scrapped.