2017 set for record 750,000 teu of boxship scrapping: Alphaliner

French container consultants Alphaliner suggest 2017 will be another record year for containership scrapping with some 750,000 teu of ships set to be torched this year. 2016 was a record year with the final number disputed – Alphaliner saying 655,000 teu, while Braemar ACM claimed the eventual total was around 700,000 teu.

Alphaliner reports a total of 42,000 teu has already been removed from the global fleet in the first three weeks of this year, with a further 113,000 teu due to follow in the coming weeks.

Panamaxes account for a majority of the ships to be scrapped, totalling 16 units of 4,000-5,000 teu.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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