Peter T. Leach is editor-at-large with the JOC. He is based in New York.

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The economics of the megaships of 18,000 20-foot-equivalent units that container lines are building and deploying may not be all they are cracked up to be. The savings that carriers are touting as the reason for ordering them may not be as great as advertised when all their costs are factored in.

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