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May 02, 2018

Ocean carriers rely increasingly on leased containers

According to the latest edition of the Container Census & Leasing and Equipment Insight published by global shipping consultancy Drewry, the move towards container leasing and away from carrier ownership continues unabated and the leased fleet now has a clear majority over that owned by transport operators.

Leasing companies accounted for 55% of container purchases in 2017, which continues the trend seen for most of this decade. With the fleet of containers owned by transport operators growing by a mere 2.4%, the leased fleet added 6.7% and the share owned by lessors is now nearing 52%.

"Drewry expects this trend to continue over the next few years," said Drewry's director of research products Martin Dixon. "We estimate that the leased share of the fleet will reach 54% by 2020."

Source: Drewry