Global container ship TEU capacity 2016-2020

This statistic represents the TEU capacity of container ships worldwide in 2016, and gives projections through 2020. In December 2018, the combined capacity of container ships worldwide is expected to be around 22 million twenty-foot equivalent units.

Forecast for global TEU capacity of container ships from 2016 to 2020*

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Release date

January 2017



Survey time period

December 2016

Supplementary notes

* Based on orderbook as of January 1, 2017 and assuming no ships are deleted after that date (other than those planned).

According to the source, this statistic reflects the expected fleet after provision for future scrappings and delivery slippage, based on the following assumptions:

  • Slippage : 30 ships for 250,000 teu planned for delivery in 2017 are assumed to be delayed to the following year.
  • Scrappings and de-cellings are estimated to reach 750,000 teu in 2017, 500,000 teu in 2018 and 250,000 teu in 2019.

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