Vessel utilisation remains low, reports Sea-Intelligence

Date Added: 26 October 2022

Vessel utilisation remains low, reports Sea-Intelligence
With our strong presence in the global container shipping market, and an array of international container shipping operations, Davies Turner notes a report from Danish shipping data analysis company Sea-Intelligence that global demand continues to decline.

It says that whether the growth is calculated in teu miles or as an annualised percentage over 2019, the supply/demand balance is under pressure.

The latest demand data from Container Trade Statistics (CTS) shows that in August 2022, the annualised growth over 2019 was below the level seen in 2019, which means that unless carriers reduce capacity substantially, vessel utilisation will be low.

"As we have shown several times in Sea-Intelligence the Sunday Spotlight, to maintain the ultra-high spot rate levels, a nominal utilisation in excess of 92%-93% needs to be sustained on the Transpacific, with the threshold on Asia-Europe being 85%," noted the analysts.

They went on to explain, "On the Transpacific, utilisation dropped below 90% for much of 2022, becoming a catalyst for the continued freight rate drop. In August, utilisation crossed the 90% mark, but only just, still falling short of the 92% threshold to indicate a rate increase."

In Asia-Europe, utilisation has been dropping even further, according to the analysts. “In 2022 utilisation on Asia-Europe has been consistently below the 85% threshold to trigger a rate increase, and although the utilisation improved in August to 74% from 72% in July, the rolling 2-month average saw a further decline from 76% to 73%," they said.

Alan Murphy, CEO of Sea-Intelligence, commented, "This latest data simply reconfirms what has been the case since Spring 2022, i.e. there is no underlying structural support for the high rates on Transpacific and Asia-Europe."

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