Containership supply tight, but carrier clout brings charter rates back down

Despite a limited supply in several sectors, daily hire charter rates for container vessels are again heading south.

In its latest charter market review, Alphaliner reports that the “flurry of activity” associated with the April launch of the new east-west ocean carrier alliances “has mostly subsided”, and with the benefit of more time to negotiate, charterers are regaining the upper hand.

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