Port congestion in Northern Europe

Container terminals in Northern Europe are experiencing high yard density threatening to worsen congestion across the supply chain – as blank sailings are on the rise.

Alphaliner has found that the trade route to Far East has been hit the hardest as ships deployed to China are currently making 20 days-late calls, forcing blank sailings.

These delays have further increased during recent months as Alphaliner reported average delays of 17 days in November last year and again 17 days in February.

Keeping the supply chain flowing at past frequency means carriers should add three more ships per loop – but the recent increase in blank sailings has highlighted a lack of vessel availability, said Alphaliner.

Alphaliner has sourced data from the round voyage duration for all vessels arriving back in Central China from North Europe in the first half of last month (from 1 to 15 May).