Logistics: Asia – US West Coast container line blank sailings hit 28%
MEKSEA.COM – Total of container line blank sailings more than a quarter of the total number of Asia – US West Coast container lines due to port congestion and delays.
Blank sailings are used by shipping lines to manage capacity when demand drops. This used to be very effective in the first half of 2020. However, the increase in cancellations in 2021 has increased due to short-term capacity adjustments as blank sailings call to congested ports and delays.
Notably, blank sailings on the Asia – US West Coast trade hit 28.4% in week 44.
According to analysts, for the upcoming 12 weeks, the percentage of capacity blanked is scheduled to decline sharply. This is because these blank sailings are not due to capacity management, but rather due to the carriers being forced to blank sailings, as a result of port congestion. It’s difficult for trade with relatively short round-trip times.
The long queues of container ships at key US West Coast gateway ports like Los Angeles and Long Beach continue to worsen.
On Monday and Tuesday this week, the Southern California Maritime Exchange reported that 101 container ships were waiting to dock at two ports with 30 vessels waiting within 40 miles, and 71 vessels slowing or loitering away from ports to 1,000 miles.
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By Hayati (Meksea Team)
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