Drewry begins tracking weekly containership cancelled sailings and waiting times

Responding to unprecedented market volatility following the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, the logistics consultancy arm of Drewry Shipping Consultants, announces the launch of two new container shipping tracking services reporting cancelled sailings and ship waiting times every week.

By combining Automated Identification System (AIS) data, monitoring containership movements several times a day at some 50 major ports, with Drewry’s own insights into carrier schedules and shipping capacity, both services deliver a high level of actionable, dynamic and detailed intelligence on what is happening in the current week and what will happen this month in the container market – by major trade route, region or major port.

Updated weekly, the Drewry Cancelled Sailings Tracker provides a ‘snap-shop’ of cancelled sailings on a particular day from the data is obtained from carriers. By monitoring closely and acting on the weekly Cancelled Sailings Tracker metrics, shippers and forwarders will be able to anticipate delays and longer lead times or rollovers, and select sailings based on the latest data on the incidence of cancellations by alliance and by week. Ports and carriers will be able to forecast or plan for expected changes in overall carrier activity and number of sailings.

Also updated weekly, the Drewry Containership Waiting Time Tracker calculates average waiting times that ships wait outside a port before berthing, at 44 major ports, for the last 2 weeks. Shippers, forwarders, carriers and other stakeholders will be able to anticipate potential delays at the port of arrival and to monitor the trend away from or back to normal levels and compared with the previous weeks.

“The Coronovirus (Covid-19) crisis is having a profound and far-reaching impact on international shipping and global commerce,” said Philip Damas, Managing Director and Head of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. “With these new weekly tracking services our intention has been to provide an extra level of operational visibility to industry stakeholders; whether shippers, forwarders, carriers, truckers or terminal operators. Perhaps more so than ever, up to date and relevant intelligence is needed to enable shippers to respond to capacity bottlenecks and ocean freight volume volatility, and quickly develop contingency plans to mitigate possible disruptions to their shipping services.”

Drewry will be combining these tracking services with its World Container Index to provide a consolidated assessment of market volatility.