Welcome onboard! If you’ve signed up for an eeSea Pro account, you have access to all of our modules, including News, Services, Ports & Terminals, Companies, and more. To help make sure you’re taking advantage of all of our features, we’ve created walk-throughs and detailed explanations of how to use our major modules. In this post we’ll cover the basics that are included in the Services module.
To access the Services module from your dashboard, click on either the blue square shown in the bottom right of the image, or hover over the left-hand sidebar and click on the “Services and Schedules” bar, then “Services”.
Once you’re in the Services module, you’re given a few options for filtering. You can view all services based on the primary trade lane, company or alliance, or port of call. Or, simply click on “Search” to see a complete list of all currently mapped services.
All of our mapped services include the pro forma version (select between current, past, and future), the average vessel capacity, the number of VSA partners, the duration of round trips, and the frequency of departures. By default, only the current pro forma versions are shown. So if you want to, for example, see the Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance schedules from Q2 2017, you’ll need to select “Future proforma version” as well.
Click on a service to see more details; your selection will open in a new window, so you can easily return to your search results list for reference.
Right away, you’ll be able to see the frequency of departure and duration of a round trip, as well as deployment and total distance travelled on the service. With our map you can better visualize the route taken. If there are multiple versions of one service, you can select which one you’d like to see by clicking the drop-down menu on the top-right of the map. The currently valid version will always be shown when you first open a service.
As you scroll further down the page, you can find any news items tagged with the particular service. We also do our best to provide the most relevant information and to mention service updates in our description box; the comments are marked with the applicable version number.
See the VSA partners operating the service, including the various names they’ve each assigned it. We include both the long marketing and short-form names provided by all carriers.
You can get a visualization of time spent in port and at sea, and see the average speed of the vessels.
Finally, we’ve taken care to map arrival and departure times from every port, keeping time zones in mind. By clicking on the squares with the letter “Y”, you can see where the bottlenecks of a service are found; we’ll explain our methodology behind bottlenecks and trade flows in more detail in an upcoming newsletter. Where available, we’ve also listed the vessels operating a particular service.
We’ve already mapped all East-West and North-South trades from every major container shipping line and now have full global coverage on all mother services, including regional main services.
In the coming weeks we’ll go into more depth about our Ports & Terminals module and Market Intelligence file. If you’re having trouble with any of eeSea’s features, or just have any questions or comments you want to pass along, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can email us at email@example.com or write on Facebook or LinkedIn.