Slacker demand and an influx of large boxships is likely to put pressure on container freight rates in the coming year.

That points to a squeeze on freight rates for bigger ships, which is likely to spread to the wider market.

Demand in container trades is becoming slower than the speed at which newbuildings are being delivered.

The bleakest prognosis comes from Bimco, which put growth in container volumes in the first nine months of this year at just 1%, compared with fleet growth of 3.7%.