Daily Operating Expenses for Containerships per TEU
Larger containerships have lower operating costs, often measured as
the cost per TEU per day. Depending on the distances at which containers
are carried, which is related to trade routes such as
transatlantic, this will result in different
total shipping costs.
The Singapore / Rotterdam
route, because of the intensity of its traffic, is often used as a
frame of reference in container shipping costs. The above figure assumes
normal operating speeds and depicts that through the well known
principle of economies of scale, operating costs per TEU are reduced
with the usage of larger ship classes.
steaming will involve lower operating costs per day, but will add
additional shipping days, particularly over long distances.