Neo-Panamax Container Market Looks Better
Neo-Panamax container vessels experienced increased activity during the first quarter of 2019, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, said Capital Product Partners.
While charter rates for feeder and panamax vessels remained relatively flat due to, among other things, the overhang of idle tonnage, charter rates for Neo-panamax vessels, especially 8,000 TEU designs or larger, saw marked increases, with 12-month charters being contracted at average daily gross rates of approximately $24,000, pointed out the Greece-based shipping company.
At the end of the first quarter of 2019, the idle container fleet was estimated to represent approximately 3.2% of the current worldwide fleet, a slight uptick from the end of 2018.
However, the idle fleet has since then declined to an estimated 1.5% of the current worldwide fleet as at the end of April 2019, said the shipping company engaged in the seaborne transportation of a wide range of cargoes, including dry cargo and containerized goods.
At the end of the first quarter of 2019, the container orderbook remained close to historically low levels and was estimated by analysts to stand at 12.6% of the current worldwide fleet.
Non-delivery (slippage) of new containership capacity expected to be delivered in the first quarter 2019 is estimated by analysts to be 41% in TEU terms.
Further, scrapping in the first quarter of 2019 is estimated to have increased to 70,000 TEU compared to 24,600 TEU in the first quarter of 2018.