Alphaliner’s latest survey on 1 March has revealed that the global inactive containership fleet has risen following a modest dip during Chinese New Year.
This is a seasonal trend that is normally short-lived, with the market usually seeing an upswing in vessel deployment in April, in line with the peak season onset. Across the first half of 2021, consistently strong demand for cargo space will likely keep the count of inactive vessel capacity relatively low overall.
The inactive fleet is calculated by combining the number of commercially idle ships with the number of vessels in shipyards.
The 1 March survey revealed that the inactive fleet stood at 190 ships for 690,993 teu, 80 of which were commercially idle (323,518 teu). In comparison with mid-February, this represents an increase of 35 ships and 122,477 teu.
Source: Alphaliner Weekly Newsletter 03.03.2021 to 09.02.2021