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Ship Waiting Time Tracker - 19 May

Our new Containership Waiting Time Tracker provides a weekly snapshot of the average berth waiting times at 6 major global ports. The tracker provides data for the latest 2 weeks and a comparison against the same 2 week period of the previous year (2019).


We are now combining more detailed global port Waiting Time and Cancelled Sailing data in a complimentary weekly report, for subscribers of our container and port sector research services.

Source: Drewry Supply Chain Advisors and powered by AIS (All TEU ship sizes)
Source: Drewry Supply Chain Advisors and powered by AIS (All TEU ship sizes)

Weekly analysis: 19 May 2020

Average ship waiting times at 6 major ports were 48% below normal time during weeks 19-20/2020. During this period, we are seeing a decrease in waiting time across all major ports apart from Rotterdam where the waiting time has been stable when comparing weeks (19&20) 2020 vs 2019.


N.B. Waiting times vary considerably by ship size and by week and an adverse metric (long waiting time) does not necessarily mean that the port will remain congested for the next weeks or that the ships will be held waiting for the next weeks.


Containership Cancelled Sailings and Waiting Time (Combined) Report*

Download the combined weekly report

The combined weekly report includes waiting times against 44 global ports and cancelled sailings by the main alliances by trade route (with weekly and monthly breakdown). Trade routes covered:

  • Asia-North Europe
  • Asia-MED
  • Asia-WCNA
  • Asia-ECNA
  • Mediterranean-North America
  • North Europe-North America
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* To access this report you must subscribe to one of the following Drewry research services:


For further information on access to the combined Waiting Time and Cancellations report and/or our ocean freight research services, contact us at


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