Africa-Europe capacity peaks in 2018
By Eva Matthews on 16 February 2018
Estimated weekly allocated capacity on the trade is up 9.6 percent year-over-year.
  Utilizing the BlueWater Reporting Quick Capacity Report, the chart above shows the estimated weekly allocated capacity from Africa to North Europe for the February reporting periods of 2016, 2017 and 2018. The chart also shows the average vessel capacity on the trade for the same reporting periods. 
  According to the data, capacity is at its highest in February of 2018 at an estimated 32,721 allocated TEUs, a 9.6 increase year-over-year. Capacity was at its lowest in February of 2017 at 29,866 TEUs, when it decreased slightly from 30,099 TEUs the previous year. Estimated weekly allocated capacity saw an overall increase of about 8.7 percent from February 2016 to 2018.  While allocated capacity was at its lowest, average vessel size was at its highest in 2017, at 3,947 TEUs. This was about  2.8 percent greater than the previous year, and decreased by about 1.2 percent the next year. On aggregate, average vessel size has only increased by about 1 percent since February of 2016.