Singapore, Tanjung Pelephas and Valencia ports have benefitted from the new
Asia Europe alliance networks on considerable connectivity to European Ports
while Port Klang and Kaohsiung have lost according to the latest report of
SeaIntel Maritime Analysis.
SeaIntel Maritime Analysis a leading market intelligence providing agency
in container vessel movement said while the ports of Yantian, Marsaxlokk and
Laem Chabang are now more connected, Port Said and Algeciras have also lost out
in the race.
Port calls on Asia-North Europe
Of the North European ports, Rotterdam had the highest number of port calls
from vessels originating in Asia. Hamburg had the second highest number of port
calls in North Europe.
Antwerp crossed Bremerhaven, Le Havre and Felixstowe in 2016, and is now
called by ships from Asia more than either of the three. London Gateway has
seen a considerably higher number of port calls in recent months, with an
average of 10 port calls compared to just four on average in 2014, said a
On the Asian side, Shanghai is the most called port in Asia, followed by
Singapore, Yantian and Ningbo, all three of which have a similar number of port
calls. Singapore has been seeing a continuous decrease in the number of port
calls, from 96 on average in 2014 to just 55 on average in the first quarter of 2017.
Port Klang lost major connectivity after the launch of the new alliances in
favour of Tanjung Pelepas and Singapore. Shekou overtook both Nansha and Chiwan
in 2016, but after the launch of the new alliances, Chiwan has seen a
resurgence and has jumped back ahead of Shekou.
Kaohsiung has also lost major connectivity to North Europe. Tianjin/Xingang
has seen port calls more than double since 2016 and is now on par with both
Busan and Qingdao.
Port calls on Asia-Mediterranean
Port Said has seen a drop in the number of calls in recent years, and more
so after the launch of the new alliance networks.
Piraeus has emerged as the busiest
port in the Mediterranean with the highest number of port calls on services
that go from Asia to the Mediterranean, but has seen a drop with the new
Gioia Tauro Port has seen increased connectivity, especially since the
launch of the new alliance networks, moving from an average of 4 port calls per
month in 2014 to 13.5 in 1H-2017.
Valencia has seen a surge in the number of port calls in the past couple of
months, whereas Fos Sur Mer experienced the opposite. The number of port calls
in Algeciras has almost halved when comparing the average of 2014 with 1H-2017.
On the Asia side, as with the services from Asia-North Europe, Port Klang
has seen a significant decline in the number of port calls. Similarly,
Singapore has also seen an upsurge in the number of port calls since the new
alliance networks launched, and is now the most called port in Asia for
services destined for the Mediterranean.
Shanghai and Ningbo are both close behind Singapore in the number of port
calls on Asia-Mediterranean. Shekou is now the second most called port in South
China. Unlike the services from Asia-North Europe which call Qingdao more than Busan,
the services going from Asia-Mediterranean favour Busan more than Qingdao, the