Industry experts are advising the 3 Asia-Europe shipping alliances that they need to add 3 ships per loop in order to maintain their weekly schedules.
Right now ships on Asia-Europe loops are arriving back in China an average of 20 days late, meaning carriers are forced to blank sailings as they have no replacement vessels.
The delays are mainly being caused in Europe, where congested ports are leaving ships waiting at anchor for a berth because the terminals are already full of boxes. Shortages of both port labour and hauliers are hindering the flow of cargo out of the ports.
THE Alliance carriers are suffering the most, with 32 days per loop of delays on average. This is because THE have been less willing to skip ports to maintain schedule integrity that the other alliances.