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Maritime logistics and the worldwide supply chain: Who actually needs giant container ships?

The shipping companies? Their customers? The ports? The consumer, for cheap products and low costs of transport from the Far East?

None of the above. The only beneficiaries are three large shipyards in Korea, three Dutch-Belgian dredging companies and one dominating manufacturer of container gantries in China.

The supposed cost benefits to shipyards of bigger ships are in fact close to zero, and they are more than offset by longer layover times in ports and increased cost risk.

Click on the link for an interesting and sobering economic assessment:

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