Liner operators led by Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) have blanked more than 40 sailings in just a few days due to a drop in demand caused by the coronavirus.

The cancellations are being led by the 2M partners who will temporarily suspend two services between Asia and Europe that account for more than one-fifth of capacity on the trade.

That has pushed up the number of blanked sailings unveiled by liner operators from two to 45 in the week to 29 March, according to Sea-Intelligence estimates.