At the start of 2017 Seatrade started up a container service between Northern Europe and New Zealand via the west coast of South America. Six of the new ships (2,300 TEU/650-770 plugs) were to sail on this service. Although the containers weren't new for Seatrade, the project didn't go as planned. In July the service combined with those of partners CMA CGM and Marfret and a number of other changes followed before the end of the year.
Although this example shows that it isn't always successful, the market is moving unperturbed towards reefer containers. Until October last year there were 130,000 TEO reefer containers built. Due to the age of the conventional reefer fleet globally, and the fact that no new orders have been placed for conventional reefers, Dynamar concludes that this fleet will shrink further.
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