The 4,923 teu YM Los Angeles sets new boxship scrapping records

Setting a new benchmark, Diana Containerships has moved to scrap a panamax boxship that was delivered less than 10 years ago.

The 4,923 teu YM Los Angeles was delivered from Imabari’s Koyo Dockyard in December 2006. The ship is now headed for recycling becoming the youngest boxship to date to be sold for scrap.

Panamax boxships have been sent en masse for scrapping this year as rates for this ship size in particular have faded away. A report by BIMCO at the end of June highlighted how the panamax segment had seen 150,863 teu of scrapping in the first six months, the same volume as in the previous 18 months through to end December 2015.

Time charter rates for the panamax segment went down from the monthly average of $15,800 per day in March 2015 to a monthly average of $5,755 per day in July 2016, a drop of 63.5%.

“The expansion of the Panama Canal backs up the shift away from the segment of panamax ships which have a maximum beam of 32 metres, putting them in line for demolition,” BIMCO chief analyst Peter Sand noted in the report.

Today’s ship scrapping news also sets another record, according to analysis from BIMCO. By adding the demolition of YM Los Angeles year-to-date demolition for the box sector now stands at 446,000 teu, exceeding the annual total of 444,000 teu in 2013 with 2 month to go.


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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