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Idle boxship fleet falls to three-year low due to Manila, Tunisia port congestion

Idle boxship fleet falls to three-year low due to Manila, Tunisia port congestion
The idle containership fleet has fallen to a three-year low as port congestion in the Philippines and Tunisia soaks up tonnage.

According to analyst Alphaliner the idle containership fleet comprises 119 vessels over 500 teu, totalling 230,900 teu as of 28 July. It is the lowest level since August 2011 and the number of idle vessels in the 500 – 2,000 teu range fell to 85 from 97 units over the last two weeks

“The fall is mostly caused by the extra ships needed to cater for severe port congestion at Manila and in Tunisia, where ships have to wait between two and four weeks for a berth,” Alphaliner said in its weekly newsletter.

Manila has experienced severe congestion since February when a truck ban was enforced in the city centre of the Philippines capital leaving thousands of boxes stranded in the city’s container terminals. Some lines have added calls at Batangas to try and deal with the problems.

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