Source: Alphaliner.
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 transpacific or 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. Slow steaming will involve lower operating costs per day, but will add additional shipping days, particularly over long distances.