diversions eased congestion at the UK’s container port hubs this week, but much
of the cargo discharged at Rotterdam, Antwerp and Zeebrugge will struggle to
reach vital Christmas markets.
Ocean carriers “cut and run” due to slow
working on ships
carriers have skipped a number of UK calls in the past few weeks, and been obliged
to “cut and run” due to slow working on ships that did get alongside.
don’t know what’s worse,” said a forwarder at Felixstowe, “having our boxes
stranded in Antwerp or having randomly split shipments that customers reject.
a total mess and I fully understand the angry reaction from importers.
is so difficult for us to explain to a customer that only four of ten
containers came off a ship and we cannot confirm when the balance of the
shipment will arrive in the UK,” he added.
containers have taken twice as long as they should have to arrive in northern
Europe after being ‘rolled’ on a quay in China and/or transhipped at a wayport.
One business owner was not optimistic of
receiving her consignment of Christmas hampers in time for the festive season
business owner and Loadstar reader said last week the situation was “beyond a
joke”, adding she was not optimistic of receiving her consignment of Christmas
hampers in time for the festive season. “Gated in at Qingdao on 14 September, discharged
Antwerp on 14 November, already missed one feeder and no guarantee of space on
the next feeder arriving Teesport on 29 November,” she said.
food to fill the hampers is bought and I thought these would make it – merry
Current high volumes will last possibly
through to the New Year warns Felixstowe’s update
port of Felixstowe’s operational update this week warns that the “current high
volumes will last at least into December and possibly through to the new year”.
On Friday, Hapag-Lloyd’s advisory said to its
customers: “We would like to inform you that based on the latest developments
we do not see much improvement in the situation at London Gateway until the end
of December,” adding that “actions and efforts are under way to manage the
situation as best as possible”.
It was totally unrelated to the wider
context of operational effectiveness told
a source to The Loadstar
The DP World-owned London Gateway facility,
which said last week it was hoping to return to “business as usual” following
the impact of the import volume spike, declined to comment. However, a source
told The Loadstar it was “a localised issue regarding two vessels” and “totally
unrelated to the wider context of operational effectiveness”.