Vessel delays remain a significant problem in the Asia – North Europe and China – California trades.
According to Alphaliner’s latest research, there has been no improvement yet since our latest trade surveys published last November. Despite an overall decline in the number of ships waiting for a berth at Los Angeles/Long Beach from a peak of 109 units on January 9 to ‘only’ 76 ships at the start of this week (February 14), the fronthaul transit time for #ships sailing from the Far East to these twin ports has increased to an average of 38 days, up from the 28 days at the time of our latest report in mid-November.
Meanwhile, vessel delays for ships on a full Far East-North Europe round voyage are also unchanged from early November, the date of our last survey of this trade.
The 14,000 – 24,000 teu ships on this route still require on average 17 days more than their pro forma schedules to reach Central China for their next westbound trip.