30 Jul Ships capable of running on LNG represent about 22% of current orderbook capacity
The global orderbook for container ships jumped significantly in the first half of the year as freight rates surged on record demand and COVID-19 lockdown measures disrupted operations.
There were ‘well over’ 300 vessel orders in the first half of 2021, totalling 2.88 million TEU of capacity, shipping intelligence service Alphaliner said in a note to clients on Wednesday. The total orderbook stood at 4.94 million TEU of capacity as of June 30, up from 2.29 million TEU a year earlier.
“Today’s 19.9% orderbook to fleet ratio is expected to keep growing for a few more months as further newbuilding orders are placed, and as recent orders from the ‘grey zone’ are successively disclosed or otherwise confirmed,” Alphaliner said.