The northwest Pacific is the most active tropical cyclone basin in the world, with nearly one third of all tropical cyclone activity forming there. This is due to the wide expanse of high sea surface temperatures.
Each day, hundreds of ships sail through the waters of the northwest Pacific. Many are sailing to or from the Strait of Malacca, which is the second-busiest waterway in the world—seeing over 83,000 vessels per year. The strait connects the Pacific and Indian Oceans to the South China Sea, which is estimated to carry one third of all global shipping. While tropical cyclones are not typical near the Strait of Malacca, the impacts of nearby storms often affect vessels sailing there.
July, August and September have the highest frequency of tropical cyclones, with each seeing three to four on average.
These major storms can cause havoc in shipping – vessels will experience delays. It is important to remember that even if the typhoon does not occur near your port of loading, the particular voyage of the vessel will be impacted.