The launch of the new alliances will drive the ultra large container ships (ULCS) trend even further – a massive two thirds of their combined orderbook consists of ULCS. And the ULCS section of their fleet is set to grow by a huge 96 per cent in teu capacity, according to data from VesselsValue.
As VesselsValue’s infographic displays, 21 ships of the 35 on order for 2M are ULCS (totalling 361,130 teu); 50 out of 81 are ULCS for Ocean Alliance (totalling 898,150 teu) and a huge 29 out of 30 are ULCS for THE Alliance, leading to a total of 444,926 teu on order.
THE Alliance’s orderbook is set to double its ULCS sector – it currently has 30 live mega vessels, versus the 29 ULCS on its orderbook. The Ocean Alliance has 34 ULCSs that are currently live, and 2M has 49 that are part of the fleet.