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Containership Size Trends and Lessons from the Airlines

The debate over vessel sizing has been intensifying, especially as we consider the expanded capability of the Panama Canal in 2014 and the current order book.

We would venture to say there were many that said the early C4 conversions of Sea-Land that carried 360 35 foot containers were too large and the “jumboized” version of the C4 with 620 boxes was akin to commercial suicide. Today the debate rages on, as carriers now consider the 20,000 TEU threshold, although one can presume it has been virtually crossed with the 18,000 TEU vessels currently on order.

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