Market Intel File - An Introduction


At eeSea we believe that the most important use of all the information we stuff into our database is on an aggregate level.

It's nice to be able to see Services and Terminals in our web app - but what you, the users, really want is to use the combined data sets for your own analysis.

Play around with it. Pivot it. Cut it by weeks or months, by operator or service. See all the small details, or glimpse at the big picture.

Spot trends. See and understand historical developments. Compare the outlook this month to last month.

And have a constantly update base file, upon which you can make your own scenarios and assumptions about the future. Make better decisions.

For that reason, we are from today making our so-called Market Intel (MI) file available to all our customers, which can be downloaded and manipulated in Excel.

The file contains the full data set on services, operators, vessel sizes, bottlenecks - and from it, you can derive total capacity deployed in the various bottlenecks. In other words, this is the supply-side of your industry supply & demand equation.

We intend to update the file on a regular basis - and eventually you will be able to pull it yourself whenever you need it.



Each Service we insert into the database comes with a number of attributes, which can be seen on the Service details page. The primary ones are;

  • Service master name (containing trade lanes and main VSA partners/names) and version name (containing version number, main VSA partners/names and slot charterers/names).
  • An average vessel capacity, which in most cases is used to calculate the weekly capacity.
  • VSA partners (defined as main alliance partners or vessel providers) and estimated percentages. It is important to note that these are overall and crude assumptions; and in most cases based on the alliance global split, not simply the provision of vessel capacity on the given service).
  • If slot charterers take space on the entire rotation, they are inserted as VSA partners. If only slotting on certain legs, they can be seen under each leg in the schedule (like here).
  • Crucially, a set of bottlenecks are defined and can be seen in the 'Schedule & bottlenecks' box, last column (click the Y to expand). Each bottleneck has an estimated percentage attributed to a particular trade. This goes for both head and back haul, pendulum services and services which cover several distinct trade flows. In reality, therefore, a service may 'primarily' be attributed to one trade lane, but carry cargo for several other trade lanes.

Based on this percentage, multiplied by the average vessel capacity and VSA operator splits, a TEU number per operator and service per bottleneck is derived.

Essentially this number represents the available capacity to each carrier in a given bottleneck or for a given trade flow.

In the MI file, this value is given in the field 'TEUs' in the Excel pivots.



Why not download the file through the above link ? You could check and compare the services on your trade, or measure bottleneck capacity per trade flow. You could review services at a given port, or operated by a given carrier. 

While we have produced a set of overviews and reports to start from, the opportunities to play around with the file are vast.

For the same reason, we would really love to hear how you use it. And more importantly, what would you like to see included in future versions ?

Please give us feedback directly at or here.

We hope you will like this new development at eeSea, and look forward to hearing from you.