U.S. owners and regulatory bodies have, along with British, Scandinavian and West German owners and national shipping bodies, consistently pointed an accusing finger at the Soviets and other Comecon countries for offering, allegedly, more than a fair share of general cargo tonnage in the world liner theatre. At the same time, such claims are made with little or no reference to the voluntary disposal by Censa/US owners of general cargo vessels, the mushrooming of the flags of convenience liner fleet, and the added value of the West's hugely dominant cellular container ship fleet. A close examination of world general cargo and cellular tonnage build-up between 1970-80 emphasises the significance of such omissions, especially when container capacity is appropriately weighted for statistical comparison. The analysis also reveals that the expansion of liner and container shipping by non-Censa/US nations, quite apart from FOCs, is far outstripping the rate of growth of the Comecon fleet. This new statistical analysis, using appropriate weights for container capacity, shows a slight decline in Comecon's relative share of the world liner fleet from 1970 to 1980.

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    Lloyd's of London Press Limited

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  • Publication Date: 1980-12

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  • Accession Number: 00329814
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM