Average Containership Sizes on Global Routes


An infographic released by the International Transport Forum (ITF’s) latest report entitled ‘The Real Impacts of Mega-ships’ shows the average ship sizes that will be traversing a number of different trade routes by 2020.

PTI previously reported on the ITF’s report as a definitive document for detailing the effects of the world’s largest container ships on trade lanes, the world economy and for global container ports.

To read the ITF’s report in its entirety, click here

In the infographic, the largest containerships to be travelling along the Asia-Europe trade in 2020 will be around 16,730 TEU compared to the 11,750 amount that are currently passing through.

Most other global trade will see ships increase in size by around 1,500 TEU, with the East-West Pendulum seeing the biggest capacity increase after Asia-Europe.

Mega-ships are growing at a phenomenal rate, as are shipping alliances; according to Neil Davidson of Drewry Shipping Consultants, the increase in alliances will grow in conjunction with mega-ship sizes as shipping lines aim to fill their ship’s capacities.

To read Neil Davidson’s Technical Paper on the impacts of mega-ships, click here

This increase in alliance sizes could see shipping groups dominating trade lanes and filling up trading routes with the majority of larger ships, increasing competition amongst other carriers and alliances.

2M, the vessel-sharing alliance between Maersk Line and MSC, recently added container line MOL to one of its services in a bid to improve its offering.

See below for the infographic:

(Source: ITF)

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