Chinese New Year 2019 blank sailings

Chinese New Year 2019 blank sailings

Please see below a full list of known cancellations in Asia-Australia services during expected low demand during Chinese New Year, as notified by carriers and/or indicated in published schedules.

Please note that service designations and voyage numbers may differ according to carrier/operator.

Dates refer to last departure port in Asia and first arrival port in Australia.

E&OE.

Boomerang (Maersk/Hamburg Sud, MOL, MSC; N&E Asia), one import sailing cancelled:

Conti Canberra scheduled to depart Busan 16 February

YoYo (Maersk/Hamburg Sud, MOL, MSC; East Asia), two import/export sailings cancelled:

CSL Sophie scheduled to depart Yantian 11 February, v 909N scheduled to depart Melbourne 25 February;

Maersk Virginia scheduled to depart Yantian 18 February, v910N scheduled to depart Melbourne 4 March

CAT (Evergreen, Yang Ming, Sinotrans, TS Lines [APL, PIL, ONE, Hapag-Lloyd as slotters]; East Asia), two import/export sailings cancelled:

Northern Precision ex Shekou 14 February and ETA Sydney February 28;

YM Keelung ex Shekou 21 February and ETA Sydney 7 March

A1X (Hyundai, Evergreen, APL; East Asia), one import/export sailing cancelled:

Navios Lapis ex Yantian 14 February and ETA Sydney 25 February

NEAX (Evergreen, Yang Ming, ONE, APL, Hapag-Lloyd; N&E Asia), two import/export sailings cancelled: MP The Brady ex Ningbo 13 February and ETA Melbourne 28 February

CMA CGM Eiffel ex Ningbo 20 February and ETA Melbourne 5 February

ANZEX (ANL, OOCL, Cosco, PIL; N&E Asia via Brisbane to NZ), one sailing cancelled:

Venetia ex Kaohsiung 21 February and ETA Brisbane 4 March

There have been no cancellations notified for South East Asian services.

 

Chinese New Year 2019 blank sailings

IN 2019, CHINESE NEW YEAR – ALSO KNOWN AS LUNAR NEW YEAR – WILL TAKE PLACE FROM FEBRUARY 3RD THROUGH 9TH.

Carriers generally announce blank sailings (also known as void sailings) after Chinese New Year, which will affect shipments from the Trans-Pacific Eastbound and Far East Westbound routes. In a nutshell, a blank or void sailing means a sailing that has been cancelled by the ocean carrier, or one where the vessel is skipping one port.

THROUGH BLANK OR VOID SAILINGS CAN HAPPEN FOR ANY REASON, LOW DEMAND IS THE MAIN REASON FOR CANCELLING SHIPMENTS.

During the Chinese New Year season, since factories are closed, it is very common that carriers cancel sailings or skip ports due to low demand. If your cargo is booked on a sailing has been canceled, the cargo will be rescheduled on the next available vessel. ACF follows each booking very closely, and will keep clients updated with status of your cargo if there is any change.

BLANK SAILINGS ALSO LEAD TO TIGHTER SPACE ON VESSELS.

ACF suggests that importers and exporters plan their shipments in advance, and make bookings much earlier than  the cargo ready date, to secure your space.

Being flexible and reconsidering your cargo’s routing also helps with shipment planning during peak seasons or tight space. Blank sailings may affect your route, but ACF is ready to assist with different route planning and finding the best logistical solution for your shipment. Shipping with a longer transit time also would be a great strategy since the fastest vessels are more likely to be overbooked and it is harder to find space. Lastly, having clear communication between your suppliers, buyers, and freight forwarder leads to the best shipping solution.

ACF WORKS CLOSELY WITH CUSTOMERS TO MAKE ALL OPTIONS AVAILABLE, AND PROVIDES EXCELLENT SERVICE DURING TIGHT PERIODS AND BLANK SAILINGS.