Charter rates for sub-Panamax container ships start falling

Charter rates for sub-Panamax container ships start falling

Fixing in the container vessel charter market is turning patchier as summer draws near, with hire rates for ships with capacities of 2,500–3,000 twenty-foot equivalent units declining in particular. Rates for gearless 2,700–2,800 TEU ships, which remain popular for the growing intra-Asia trade, continued to erode last week when reports emerged that two vessels had been fixed at a cost of $12,000 a day.

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