According to MANA, director business development told that the problem of oversupply in the boxship market is far from over, pointing to a less than optimistic outlook for the rest of this year and 2017.
“We are looking at at least 2018 for a recovery. The market will continue to consolidate and the forming of new alliances is a sign of that,” Probst told.
On the supply side, 311 new ships hit the waters between 2010 to 2015, contributing around 5.7m teu of capacity or 18,000 teu capacity per ship.
“The oversupply in the market is more like the owners having bigger vessels but not necessarily higher number of ships,” he observed.
Container shipping trade volumes have not yet caught up with the influx of available transportation space, according to Probst, as a 4% rise in demand for 2016 is considered a little too optimistic, compared to just a 2% increase seen in 2015.
“The freight index is only going toward one direction which is down. The industry needs to continue to consolidate,” he said, adding that tighter operational coorperation would help lines cope with low earnings and manage costs.