Container vessel calls recover but worker shortages rise
reporting a return to normality for vessel calls at this time of year but the
shortages of workers is on the rise at some locations, according to latest
On 16 September
2020 the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) published its
half-year report of its COVID-19 Port Economic Impact Barometer and also said
that future publications of the Barometer will incorporate new feature
including a global tracker which is in development.
56% of ports surveyed have reported a return to normalit for container
vessels at this time of year
found that 56% of ports surveyed have reported a return to normality for
container vessels at this time of year, representing the highest percentage to
As the number of
generalised lockdowns decreases the number of black sailings does so also.
About 16% of respondents to the survey pointed to increased vessel activity.
Black sailings were a heavy feature of early 2020
were a heavy feature of early 2020 and between April and mid-July between 40%
and 53% of respondents indicated that vessel calls were down by more than 5%.
By September to number of respondents reporting this decreased to 28%.
Ports still grapple with worker shortages
positive steps in vessel calls and trade volumes ports must still grapple with
worker shortages which in week 36 the Barometer saw reports that moderate
shortages of dockworkers have started to emerge again, as 13% of the ports have
to address such shortages. Nonetheless, a relatively low number of ports (1%)
currently need to address some serious shortages.
Shortages are also
slight up for the delivery of technical- nautical services (pilots, towage,
mooring). In week 36, 10% of the ports were confronted with moderate shortages,
and 2% by major ones.
With the new normal, working from home, shortages to around 10% of the
ports or less
availability of Port Authority personnel the Barometer states that since the
adoption of the ‘new normal’ and working from home efforts shortages have been
limited to around 10% of the ports or less.
The week 36 survey
however indicates that the situation has not improved further. On the contrary,
11% of port authorities face some moderate shortages of personnel and 4% more
some more serious problems.
The latest week 36
report summarises responses from 85 ports from around the world.