Review of Maritime Transport 2010

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More than 80 per cent of international trade in goods is carried by sea, and an even higher percentage of developing-country trade is carried in ships. This annual publication is an important source of information on this vital sector. It closely monitors developments affecting world seaborne trade, freight rates, ports, surface transport, and logistics services, as well as trends in ship ownership and control and fleet age, tonnage supply, and productivity. The Review contains a chapter on legal and regulatory developments and each year includes a chapter highlighting a different region. In 2010, the focus is on Asia and the Pacific.

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Productivity of the world fleet, and supply and demand in world shipping

This chapter provides information on the operational productivity of the world fleet and an analysis of the balance between supply and demand for tonnage and container-carrying capacity. The key indicators are comparisons of cargo generation and fleet ownership, tons of cargo carried per deadweight ton, and analysis of tonnage oversupply in the main shipping market sectors. A special section looks at the impact of slow steaming on the vessel productivity of the active container ship fleet, concluding that the oversupply of tonnage in combination with the reduction of service speed in liner shipping has led to a decline in the productivity of the active fleet by approximately 26 per cent since 2008.

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