The influence of Chinese operators in the intra-Asian trade looks set to grow thanks to a raft of newbuilding orders.

Dubbed the world’s largest container trade, intra-Asia business accounts for over 30% of global seaborne container volumes.

Around two-thirds of these containers are estimated to be carried by Chinese regional operators that have led the surge in ordering feeder boxships.

Chinese operators deploy a fleet of about 1m teu on intra-Asian routes — around one-third of total intra-Asian boxship deployment, up from about a quarter in 2017, according to a recent survey by Clarksons Research analyst Manxi Li.