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Developments in port calls on Asia-Europe trade

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 SeaIntel release.

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 alliance networks.

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 release said.


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