April 1 brings larger vessels for THE Alliance on transpacific trade
By Robert King on 9 April 2018
The launch of ONE in April will signal an increase in average vessel capacity on some THE Alliance services.
   With the launch of Ocean Network Express (ONE) and a slew of modifications to the service offerings from THE Alliance beginning April 1, 2018, it appears the three component carriers of ONE (K Line, MOL and NYK), along with Hapag-Lloyd and Yang Ming, plan to increase capacity between Asia and the United States West Coast. 
   Using data from BlueWater Reporting 's Capacity Report application and carrier schedules, this chart displays the average vessel capacities (in TEUs) on the THE Alliance's 11 transpacific services before and after the implementation of THE Alliance's new product offering and the transition from the three component carriers to ONE. The chart includes data from the week ending March 25, compared with the first complete rotation of vessels on each service after April 1. 
   Of the three services calling the Pacific Northwest, The PN2 is the only one showing a net gain in average TEU capacities. The total allocated capacity for this Transpacific service from Asia to the US West Coast totaled 45,034 TEUs with an average vessel voyage capacity of 6,433 TEUs. With 12 vessels total between them, the PN1 and PN3 show minor decreases in average vessel size of 61 and 50 TEUs, respectively. Conversely, the PN2 shows an average increase of 2,374 TEUs per vessel over its seven deployed vessels. These three services offer capacity from China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Southeast Asia to Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver. 
   For the Pacific Southwest services shown, there are no changes in the current vessels or average capacities for the PS1, PS2, PS6, and PS7. Net gains are made on the PS4 with an increase of 1,140 TEUs per vessel, and PS8 with 2,319 TEUs per vessel. Decreases in capacity occur on the PS3 and PS5 of 791 TEUs and 144 TEUs per vessel, respectively. These services offer capacity from China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Southeast Asia to Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Oakland. 
   Overall, there is an average capacity of 9,294 TEUs calling the Pacific Northwest after ONE's integration and THE Alliance's new offerings, a 9.9 percent increase from its previous average of 8,454 TEUs. On the Pacific Southwest trade, average vessel capacity will increase by 3.4 percent from 6,782 TEUs to 7,013 TEUs after April 1.