The containerships put on standby account for 11.3% of the entire global boxship fleet, almost on a par with the level reached in the previous survey (as of March 16).
The number of containerships standing by at sea and so forth has been growing since October 2008, when AXS Alphaliner's survey began.
However, the company claims that liner operators have activated the reinforcement of their services in preparation for the recovery in cargo traffic at the onset of the Chinese New Year.
As a result, the number of containerships only increased by one unit in terms of quantity and 10,000 TEUs in terms of tonnage compared to the previous survey.
Of the 485 ships, 248 units have been out of charter and awaiting their next jobs. Majority of the vessels are containerships that have small loading capacity, totaling 380,000 TEUs.
Meanwhile, the remaining 237 ships of 1.04 million TEUs were vessels controlled by operators (total of ships - those owned and chartered by companies).