A 16-year-old panamax boxship is rumoured to have obtained a record-breaking rate for a container shipping fixture.

The 5,042-teu CSL Santa Maria (built 2005) is reported fixed for a short period at a rate approaching $160,000 per day.

If confirmed, it would be the highest charter rate ever agreed on a container vessel fixture, according to Alphaliner data.

The vessel is operated in the fleet of Andreas Hadjiyiannis-controlled Cyprus Sea Lines (CSL).