North Asia-Southeast Asia capacity steadily growing
By Kim Williams on 11 June 2018
Estimated weekly allocated capacity on the North Asia-southeast Asia trade has increased steadily since March of 2016.
  Utilizing the BlueWater Reporting Quick Capacity Report application, the chart above shows the estimated weekly allocated capacity (TEUs) on the North Asia-Southeast Asia trade for the March reporting periods of 2016, 2017 and 2018.
 According to the data, there was an overall increase of 14.9 percent on the southbound lane from North Asia to Southeast Asia between March of 2016 and 2018. Volumes rose 8.2 percent between 2016 and 2017, from an estimated 71,118 to 76,946 allocated TEUs per week. March 2018 saw an increase of another 6.2 percent, up to 81,713 TEUs.  
  During the same period, the northbound capacity increased a total of 12.1 percent from 117,769 TEUs in 2016 to  131,975 TEUs in March of 2018. The most significant change occurred over the past year, with capacity increasing 9.3 percent from March 2017 to 2018.
  Despite the increase in capacity between 2016 and 2018, the number of vessels deployed on the trade decreased about 9 percent in both directions. The number of vessels sailing from North Asia to Southeast Asia went down from 694 to 636, a drop of 58 vessels. Likewise, the number of northbound vessels went down by 60 vessels.