Singapore container port handled 33.7m teu last year up 8.9% on 2016, however, volumes were still marginally lower than the record year of 2014.
The boxship sector is facing record deliveries of ultra-large containerships (ULCs) newbuildings in 2018 with 10 joining the fleet in January alone.
Caribbean specialist Geest line is quitting Portsmouth for Dover in the UK as it expands its fleet.
Bimco says that caution will be needed in 2018 to sustain the improvement in shipping markets last year, with China remaining as the driving force of demand.
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) ceo Junichiro Ikeda says a full-scale recovery of shipping markets is still in the making.