SONAR Container Atlas

Navigate supply and demand dynamics in ocean markets with the Container Atlas dashboard, available only in SONAR.

SONAR Container Atlas offers multidimensional, high-frequency ocean market data collected at the point of booking that is unavailable anywhere else. Make more informed and profitable decisions when negotiating with ocean carriers using near real-time, granular carrier capacity and service metrics.

High-Frequency TEU Bookings Data at the Port of Origin

SONAR Container Atlas’s ocean container bookings data gives users a leading indicator of TEU volumes and rate pressure in container trade lanes. Rather than relying on customs data for lagging indicators of volume that sailed weeks ago, Container Atlas users see the volumes being booked with carriers before the vessel departs, at the point of origin. Faster data allows supply chain participants to understand capacity pressure on their lanes in real time and make timely adjustments, reducing cost and improving service.

Look Forward Not Backward with New Ocean Container Bookings Data

Until now, shippers have been forced to manage their ocean freight networks retrospectively by benchmarking their carriers’ and 3PLs’ performance against lagging volume data from ports and container rate information from freight bill auditors. SONAR Container Atlas allows shippers to see into the future by capturing ocean container volume data when the shipments are booked, before they hit the water. High-frequency bookings data empowers shippers to make impactful, proactive decisions about their freight before it moves, identifying where capacity and rate pressures may be working in their favor.

Container Ship Lane Capacity

Container Atlas measures container ship capacity at a lane level in two ways: by the percentage of container bookings that are being rejected at the port of origin; and by the total capacity of the vessels allocated to services on a given lane. Container Atlas users can see how the total capacity dedicated to a lane changes over time, and how carriers respond to volume pressure in the near-term by accepting and rejecting bookings.

Lane-Level Intelligence Dashboard

Gain the clearest image of current carrier capacity by selecting the origin and destination ports. For example, use Yantian and Los Angeles, then isolate the date range. Ocean container volumes between the two ports are displayed, as well as the percentage of rejected bookings, average capacity on the lane, transit times, and booking lead times, giving a holistic view of market conditions.

Carrier Transit Time

Gauge the risk of pursuing the quickest transit time by comparing port-to-port average transit times and rate fluctuation over the most recent period. For example, select the origin point of Shenzhen with destination points in the United States. Isolate a near-term date range such as the latest month to see up-to-date transit day averages.

Global Port Conditions

Compare conditions holistically throughout other regions and contrast to historical conditions to see port-by-port congestion trends. Utilize the export country filter to select China. See how recent TEU and bookings data have fluctuated out of the country. Look at color-coded port-by-port rollover percentages.

Trans-Pacific Container Rates

Look at container spot rate trends using the Ocean Container Rates tab. The featured graph populates to show historical rate data for the time period selected by the user. See demand flow on the trans-Pacific corridor using the Supply/Demand tab. Compare volume trends to rejected bookings to understand pressures on capacity and to determine which direction rates will move.

Best West Coast Port of Entry

Isolate ports of entry that are available for your operations. Check container dwell times at ports of discharge and delays along the way. Take into account transit times and congestion to make better decisions. Utilize FreightWaves SONAR’s surface-level transportation data to determine cost-effective deviations to the port of entry, such as dry van transport post-berth.

Container and Cargo Shipping Rates and Market Data

In times of extreme unpredictability and uncertainty, SONAR Container Atlas gives supply chain participants the fastest and most comprehensive look at ocean markets available. Get multidimensional ocean market data to find the right partner and keep your freight moving smoothly. Find out where capacity is loosening first by watching all the twists and turns of the market using SONAR Container Atlas.

For North American clients, Container Atlas is the perfect complement to SONAR, allowing for an unparalleled level of market intelligence into global container movements through all aspects of the movement. SONAR is the only multi-modal platform that uses high-frequency data to provide near-real time market intelligence of global container movements, whether it is on a ship, train, truck, or sitting in a warehouse.