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The trend toward ever-larger container ships started in the early 2000s as shipowners raced to add capacity to meet the needs of the growing global economy. Since then, the trend shows no signs of stopping. (Photo: Amarin Jitnathum/Shutterstock) The trend toward ever-larger container ships started in the early 2000s as shipowners raced to add capacity to meet the needs of the growing global economy. Since then, the trend shows no signs of stopping. (Photo: Amarin Jitnathum/Shutterstock)

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Severely disruptive events often expose previously unseen or underappreciated vulnerabilities. Add to the list how the trend toward increasingly mammoth vessels is making global supply chains even more fragile.

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