Record $90 Billion in Vessel Orders Threatens Shipping Overcapacity

Major shipping companies fuel an industry boom with record $90 billion vessel orders, but the overcapacity threat looms.

Record $90 Billion in Vessel Orders Threatens Shipping Overcapacity
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The world's major shipping companies, backed by their pandemic profits, are investing in new vessels at an unprecedented scale. The global order pipeline has reached an almost historic level of $90 billion. Companies such as MSC, Maersk, CMA CGM, and Hapag-Lloyd are contributing to an industry boom. However, the notoriously cyclical shipping sector is signaling a downturn. Freight rates are teetering near below-breakeven levels, while supply chains operate more efficiently, raising concerns about a looming overcapacity crisis.

Source: Bloomberg/Yahoo News

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