Mediterranean-Asia allocated capacity declines in Q1 2018
By Robert King on 2 April 2018
Capacity between Asia and the Mediterranean is already down over 7.5 percent from last year.
  This chart from BlueWater Reporting displays a quarterly snapshot of estimated allocated capacity on the Mediterranean-Asia trade lane, measured in estimated weekly allocated TEUs. 
  While the allocated capacity on the Mediterranean to Asia leg was up almost seven percent year-over-year for the fourth quarter of 2017, it appears that Q1 2018 numbers have seen a year-over-year decline.
  Mediterranean to Asia allocated capacity was 3,131 TEUs higher than the westbound trade at the close of Q1 2017, with estimated allocated capacity on the trade lane totaling 284,769 TEUs. This is markedly different than estimated allocated capacity for the March 2018 reporting period, which shows Mediterranean to Asia capacity of 264,738 TEUs, 26,898 TEUs lower than the same time last year. 
  Combined estimated allocated capacity is currently down more than 7.5 percent year-over-year, only a few weeks before the end of the quarter.