Last month, Alphaliner counted 348 container ships deployed between Asia and Europe. This armada represents a total capacity of 5.45 Mteu, which is an increase of 10.4% compared to April last year.
This percentage is clearly above the 4.3% growth for the world container fleet in the same period, but substantially lower than the 24% capacity increase on the Asia – North America trade.
The dynamics on the two big East West trades appear to be very different.
Contrary to the Transpacific, the newcomers on the Asia—Europe trade still have a very modest combined market share of only 1.2% and the big #carriers operate only a few ad-hoc ’extra sailers’ outside the three mega alliances.
Evergreen and CMA CGM have led the capacity growth over the past twelve months, adding respectively 147,500 and 118,700 teu slots to their fleets being operated on dedicated Far East—Europe services.