Allocated capacity climbs, nominal capacity remains steady on the Asia to Middle East Trade
By Robert King on 18 June 2018
Estimated weekly allocated capacity from Asia to the Mideast is at it's highest year-over-year in May 2018. 
  Utilizing the BlueWater Reporting Capacity Extract, the chart above displays a snapshot of the weekly nominal and estimated allocated capacity on the Asia to Middle East trade lane for the May reporting periods of 2013-2018.
  The nominal capacity is found by the average weekly vessel TEU capacity assigned to the service. The allocated capacity is BlueWater Reporting’s estimate of what percentage of a service’s capacity is allocated to a particular trade route.
  These measures can be used to determine if increased container capacity is due to larger and/or a greater number of vessels operating on a trade, or if more capacity is destined for ports in a specific region. As seen in the chart, nominal capacity remained relatively unchanged over the years 2013-2018, while allocated capacity increased almost 30 percent over the same time period.
  According to the data, both nominal and allocated capacities for the Asia to Middle East trade lane were at their lowest in May of 2013. Nominal capacity peaked at 194,706 TEUs in May 2016, while allocated capacity has risen steadily year-over-year to a current high of 127,510 TEUs. 
  According to the major Mideastern Port of Dubai Jebel Ali, several large projects to expand the scale of their facilities and operations have brought an increased number of containers from MSC, Yang Ming, CMA CGM, and Maersk Line. 
  These include the completion of Container Terminal 4 by DP World to help make Jebel Ali the ninth busiest port in the world. Recently completed construction projects include 2,300 meters of quay wall, a 440-meter long access bridge and a 3.5 kilometer causeway to link the new terminal to the main port, and allow for a current capacity of 19.3 million TEUs.