LONDON: Capacity has been added across the board on the main Asia-Europe and Asia-North America routes by main carriers as they ready to launch new networks on the key East-West container routes next month, Alphaliner’s preliminary data shows.
The most crucial route will be the Asia-West Coast North America (WCNA) trade where six independent shipping companies will compete against the three rival alliances.
A total of 38 weekly services connecting Asia to WCNA are planned, similar to last year, but with total weekly capacity expected to increase by 4.9% year-on-year (YOY) due to the deployment of larger ships on some of the new services.
Alliances on the Asia-WCNA route will include the OCEAN Alliance, the 2M alliance and THE Alliance, with 14, 5 and 11 weekly sailings, respectively.
On the Asia-East Coast North America (ECNA) trade, a total of 19 weekly sailings are planned, according to Alphaliner’s data. Total weekly capacity on this route is expected to rise by 2.1% YOY.
Apart from the three above mentioned alliances offering their services on the Asia-ECNA route, ZIM as an independent carrier will provide two weekly sailings on this trade.
The three alliances will dominate the third trade which connects Asia to North Europe. A total of 17 weekly sailings will be offered by the alliances on this route. The route will have no non-alliance sailings, data released by Alphaliner shows.
Alphaliner predicts that total weekly capacity on Asia-North Europe trade will increase by 3.8% YOY.
Finally, the Asia-Mediterranean route will have a total of 13 weekly sailings. Capacity increase on this route will be 1.2% YOY, according to Alphaliner.