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Container lines near 400 canceled sailings

Container shipping companies have blanked almost 400 sailings as the coronavirus pandemic has caused demand to plunge. Last week alone saw 212 sailings being canceled, writes Seaintelligence Consulting.

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Container lines have had to cancel almost 400 sailings to adapt capacity to the drop in demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Saturday, the number of cancellations reached 384, writes analyst firm Seaintelligence Consulting.

And last week alone saw 212 sailings being blanked.

The total number of blank sailings on the routes between Asia and Europe and in the Pacific are now at a level equivalent to three million teu.

The sharp increase in cancellations is directly related to the coronavirus outbreak, which has stalled several of the world's biggest economies.

Seaintelligence Consulting assesses that the drop in demand currently seems to have reached 6.4 million teu.

English Edit: Ida Jacobsen

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