The total capacity of non-cellular ships deployed on regular liner services in August has increased by 21.6%, compared to a year ago.
This might look impressive but these vessels nevertheless represent only 1.1% of the total container fleet active on liner services.
The deployment of extra multipurpose or general cargo ships in liner trades has not solved the capacity shortage during the past 12 months.
Since the average capacity of these ships stands at only 525 teu, their global capacity effect is quite limited anyway and the role that such vessels play on liner services is expected to decrease soon, now that container cargo demand started to ease.
Non-cellular ships have certainly played an increasing role in transporting containers for which no slots were available on cellular ships, but Alphaliner’s tally of non-cellular vessels only includes those which are deployed on regular services.