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Rhythm of Container Transportation Research, October 2017

Container Tracking

Rhythm of Container Transportation Research, October 2017


1. Introduction is a digital platform which provides services to users in container transportation ecosystem in more than 160 countries. Container tracking and searching routes between all ports in world services are provided by the platform and the platform has been increasing the number of its users day by day. An increase in this naturally provide abundant data allows researchers to share the data with the public.

Rhythm of the Container Transportation Research is shared with the public every month. The purposes of the study are;


        –    Revealing the website users’ carrier preferences


        –    Finding the most searched 10 routes        


        –    Determining international trade volume in Cntracking and


        –    Meausurig transit times by taking Turkish ports as origin 


2.   Research Area

The research was conducted through the compilation of anonymous data of 16,853 different users’ actions within in October 2017. When compared to September, users logged in to platform 29,679 times and they clicked pages 34% more while spending 9% less time in the website. An increase in page-views and number of user  in such a large proportion like 34% and 48% while decreasing the time spent in website indicates that the users are more familiar with the Cntracking platform. 

Table 1. Sample of Research: Cntracking platform users is used in around 160 countries. Turkey is the country that uses platform most with 27.70% usage rate despite a 7.7% decline observed in October. India follows Turkey with 11.48% and USA with 4.76% is the 3rd. Although there are some proportional differences between September and October, countries and their rankings have not changed much (See Table 2).

Table 2. Sample of Research: Distribution of Cntracking platform users by country and differences between September & August.


3. Key Findings of the Study


Key findings of the study are covered in four main sections;


3.1. The Website User's Carrier Preference 


Cntracking platform allows the users to track containers on ship owner basis. You can see the most searched 5 carriers/ship owners in October 2017 in Table 3. In October, although Maersk and MSC rates falled by 1.23% and 1.01% respectively, they were still at the top of the list in this month again. On the other hand Hapag Lloyd appeared as the third on the list with an increase of 0.47%. There was a competition between Cosco and CMA CGM for being 4th and Cosco has surpassed CMA CGM with 2.89% rate.


Other shipowners, which have shown a big decline in September, are taking their place in the market with a small rise this month. But still they have difficulty competing with big shipowners.

Table 3. Ship owner preference of the users:  October 2017 and changes from September



3.2. Most Searched Routes


Cntracking allows users to search maritime routes free of charge and provides information about transit times and Estimated Time of Arrivals (ETA) of ships by carrier basis. The top ten most searched routes from Turkish ports in October 2017 are listed in Table 4. 

As it was in the previous months, the most searched ports are generally between Middle East countries and Turkey. For instance, the routes Istanbul(Ambarlı) - Chittagong, Mersin - Alexandria and Istanbul(Ambarlı) - Doha are the most viewed routes. 

Chittagong port, which had lower search rate in the previous months became the most searched port by Turkish users in October. The negotiations between Turkey and Bangladesh in September provided cooperation in commercial, financial and investment issues has improved trade between the two countries and affected route searches in October.

On the other hand, the search for the Port of Doha, which showed as a dramatic decline in September, increased in October. This can be interpreted as a slow recovery for Qatar after the crisis.


Table 4. Top 10 Route Between Turkey and Other Countries Port in October 2017
Globally the most searched 10 routes in October 2017 are listed in Table 5. Mundra-Johannesburg, Jebel Ali-Xingang and Shanghai-Istanbul Ambarlı are 3 routes most searched in October.
Table 5. Top 10 Global Routes Searched in October 2017 

3.3  Determining International Trade Volume In Cntracking


In the Cntracking list, China-Iran routes and Turkey-UK routes share the top by creating totally 10.2% of container tracking traffic in the platform with rate of 5.1% each. Turkey-UAE routes became the 3rd with 4.2%. China-Turkey routes, which were the most container tracked in September, have faced with sharp fall of 3.7% and with the new rate of 2.3%, it was not able to enter the top 5.


The routes the departure country which is Turkey have decreased 2% compared to September and have 37.2% share in the total container traffic in October. On the other side, top 5 routes create 70% of the total container tracking traffic of the Cntracking.


Table 6. Top 5 Busiest Routes 




Table 7. Trading Volume Ratios According to Cntracking Container Tracking Data from the point of Exporting


Turkey is one of the most exporting countries according to container tracking data. But Turkey’s import rate decreased from 11.37% to 5.64%, and Turkey became the 5th most importing countries. With a share of 2.26%, Turkey mostly imports from China.

India is the country with the highest import rate in October. India's main import source is Russia with a total import of 2.01%, and India's share in total imports is 7.21%. UAE takes the 2nd place in importing with 6.52% share and the largest exporter of UAE is Turkey with 4.20%.


Table 8. Trading Volume Ratios According to Cntracking Container Tracking Data From Point of Importing




3.4 Transit Times OF Routes by Taking Turkey Ports as Departure: October 2017


Evaluation of the minimum and maximum transit times based on routes originating from Turkey are shown in Table 8. For example Izmir-Chittagong route has the longest transit time (with 55 days) while Mersin-Alexandria route has the shortest (1 day).


Depending on the service quality of the shipowners, traffic density of ports, the number of the ports in the route, ships features and bad weather conditions, significant differences are observed in transit times in some routes. For example, the transit time of the Izmir - Chittagong is measured maximum 55 days and minimum 34 days. 21 day difference is the highest fluctuation on the Cntracking route list. Izmir-Doha transit time difference has increased from 4 to 14 days days and Istanbul-Aqaba transit time difference has decreased from 11 days to 6 days. On the other hand, Aliaga-Jebel Ali transit time differences has increased to 6 days while in İzmir-Jebel Ali route transit time difference has become zero. 


Table 9. Routes’ Transit Times by Taking Turkey Ports as Origin: October 2017

                                             * This table is based on the most searched routes originating from Turkey.

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