中海集運在其 2005年業績報告中稱，公司今年將會增添 13艘新船，以便優化船隊結構，提升核心競爭力。
新船下水後將為船隊新增 63,992個 20 櫃的運力，當中部份船舶的運載力達到 9,600個 20 櫃，將被投入到遠東和歐洲線路之上。
截止 2005年 12月 31日，中海集團的船隊中，超巴拿馬型集裝箱船（每艘容量超過 4,000 個 20 櫃）的運力已經占了總運力的 76.7%。 2005年期間，中海共投入了 21艘新船，新增運力 94,113個 20 櫃，使船隊總運力達到了 347,851個 20 櫃。
上述 13艘新船投入服務之後，中海訂造而未交付的船舶只剩下 7艘，總共擁有 48,650個 20 櫃的容量，並會在 2007年全部完成交付。在 2008年下水的新船數目最多將達 10艘，將為中海船隊增加 35,090個 20 櫃的運力。 2009年還會有另外 12艘新船下水，但這批船的容量將比今年投入使用的船舶小，總運力只為 41,430個 20 櫃。
CSCL to add 13 new vessels to fleet
CHINA Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) says that it will put 13 new vessels into operation this year as part of its plan to continue optimising its fleet structure and improve its core competitiveness, according to a corporate presentation accompanying its 2005 annual results.
The carrier's near-term ambition is to become the world's third-largest container shipping company. It is currently ranked sixth.
The new containerships will have a total capacity of 63,992 TEU. Several of them will be super-large container vessels with a capacity of 9,600 TEU, which will be put into operation in the Far East/Europe trade lanes.
While there is some debate over the wisdom of introducing mega-vessels, CSCL claims that the deployment of new and large container vessels was an important factor in its increase in turnover last year.
As of December 31, 2005, post-panamax vessels (those with over 4,000 TEU capacity) accounted for 76.7 per cent of the total capacity of the group. This was 347,851 TEU after 21 new vessels with a capacity of 94,113 TEU were added to the fleet in the course of the year.
After the 13 new vessels enter service this year, the number of newbuilds remaining to be delivered will drop to seven in 2007. They are expected to increase total capacity by 48,650 TEU. The number of newbuilds scheduled to join the fleet thereafter will go up to 10 in 2008, with additional capacity planned at 35,090 TEU. 2009 should see the addition of 12 new vessels, but these will be smaller than those being brought into the fleet this year, so the additional capacity will be only 41,430 TEU, the company said.