Dutch reefer specialist Seatrade is ordering more container ships with the expectation that key ports will be fully containerised within years, according to group chairman Yntze Buitenwerf.

He said more of the traditional breakbulk ports in countries such as Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador are fast adapting their infrastructure to container terminals.

That is the thinking behind the Benelux-based company’s decision to order four 1,800-teu container ships, with an unspecified number of options attached.