Port of Rotterdam’s Mega-Ship Calls Help Ease COVID-19 Box Volume Slump

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    (BlueWater) The Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s busiest container port, announced that TEU volumes for the first six months of 2020 declined by only 3.3% compared to the same time period in 2019, despite the impact of COVID-19.

    Although container shipping companies cancelled up to 20% of their services during May and June of this year, the decrease in container volumes was less pronounced due to the increased size of vessels calling Rotterdam, the port said.

    The number of empty containers handled during the first six months of 2020 was considerably less than during the same period last year since container imports from Asia dropped while the number of exports increased.

    BlueWater Reporting’s Port Dashboard tool shows the Port of Rotterdam is called by 89 liner shipping services that connect the port to regions beyond the Netherlands, the vast majority of which deploy container vessels.

    THE Alliance’s FE2 has the largest average vessel size at 20,758 TEUs, as shown in the chart. The second most prominent service calling the Port of Rotterdam in terms of largest average vessel size is the OCEAN Alliance’s FAL6/CEM at 20,151 TEUs, followed by the OCEAN Alliance’s FAL2/AEU3 at 19,871 TEUs, the 2M Alliance’s AE5/Albatross at 19,399 TEUs, and the 2M Alliance’s AE10/Silk at 18,800 TEUs, according to research by BlueWater Reporting.

    Source: Shelby Wezkiewicz, BlueWater Reporting

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