Capacity continues to increase on Asia-Africa trade
By Kim Williams on 30 April 2018
Estimated allocated capacity on the Asia to Europe trade continues its steady increase despite fluctuations in vessel deployment
  The chart above, using data from BlueWater Reporting’s Carrier Trade Route Deployment Report, shows efficient growth on the Asia to Africa trade lane from April, 2016 to April, 2018. While the number of vessels deployed on the trade has fluctuated significantly, estimated weekly allocated capacity has increased steadily year over year since 2016. 
  According to BlueWater Reporting, estimated weekly allocated capacity increased 13.4 percent between April 2016 and 2018, from 62,599 to 70,959 TEUs. The most dramatic increase occurred between 2016 and 2017, jumping 8.3 percent to 67,778. Conversely, the number of vessels deployed on the trade decreased by 31 during the same period. 
  The Asia to Africa trade saw a less dramatic capacity increase between April 2017 and 2018, rising 4.7 percent to an estimated 70,959 allocated TEUs per week, and during which time 21 vessels were added back to the lane. 
  While estimated allocated capacity from Asia to Africa trade has increased significantly over the past two years, the overall number of vessels deployed on the trade has decreased by 10.  
  Average vessel capacity on the Asia-Africa trade has increased by 14.5 percent between April 2017 and April 2018.