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3 May 2024

April 2024: New Record for Newbuild Deliveries in Container Shipping Industry

In April 2024, the container shipping industry experienced a remarkable surge in newbuild deliveries, setting a new record for arrivals of box ships. Analysts from Alphaliner reported that approximately 50 new vessels, with a combined capacity of 330,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units), were delivered during the month.

To provide perspective, the capacity delivered in April alone exceeded that of the entire fleet operated by Pacific International Lines, ranking as the 12th largest container shipping line globally. This influx of capacity accounted for approximately 1.1% of the current global market share.

This surge in deliveries comes at a crucial moment for the industry. Earlier concerns about potential oversupply have been effectively absorbed by the market thus far. The Red Sea crisis, which led to vessel diversions via the Cape of Good Hope, along with increased slow-steaming due to stricter environmental regulations, has heightened the demand for new tonnage, reshaping the demand-supply dynamics in the container shipping sector.

As highlighted by Alphaliner, the industry’s ability to navigate these challenges demonstrates its resilience and adaptability in response to evolving market conditions. Amidst these developments, Super Dry remains dedicated to providing innovative moisture protection solutions for the shipping industry, ensuring the safe and intact arrival of cargo at its destination, regardless of prevailing sea conditions. Visit our website to learn more!