In the containership sector, it is all about the balancing act between demand and supply. Liner companies need to think twice how to keep vessel deployment in line with trade growth on the various routes around the world. Taking the development of the Shanghai Contai-nerized Freight Index (SCFI) as a reference, the balancing act worked well in 2016. Liner operators combined a restrictive expansion in vessel deployment (+1%) with an increase of the inactive fleet. As a result, the SCFI jumped by 50% to reach the 840 mark at the end of the 2016.
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