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UAE rises up the liner rankings

Dubai: The UAE has crept into the top 15 countries in the world by the size of a country's current liner fleet and is only nation from the Middle East, according to a report by IHS Global Insight, a global research, analysis and consulting firm.?China is currently the leading operator of liner vessels globally, operating 804 vessels, with 11 per cent of the global liner fleet, and 15 per cent of its capacity. It is followed closely by Japan, with 788 liner vessels. Denmark, which ranks fifth by the fleet count, operates the second largest fleet by capacity.?The UAE ranks 15th in the world with the total number of the liner fleet at 106 vessels. Germany is the largest European Union operator of liner vessels and the country with the most vessels on order worldwide.?By the current order book, Germany will operate only two fewer vessels than China by the time the orders are completed, it said. [16/12/09]

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