The results of the
sixteenth survey of global ports have been published in the WPSP- IAPH COVID19
Port Economic Impact Barometer, with an even spread of 70 participants
The share of ports
facing a significant drop in container vessels calls (i.e. in excess of 25%)
dropped further to 2%.
Cargo vessel traffic is now getting back to normal
Professor Theo Notteboom commented: “Containerized cargo and other cargoes are
on a par with, if not above, the expected levels for this period of the year.
Cargo vessel traffic is now getting back to normal”
Cruise and passenger services still remain seriously impacted
cruise/passenger market remains the most affected by the COVID-19 contagion. In
week 6 of 2021, 57% of respondents indicate that passenger vessel calls are
down more than 50%, in many cases even down more than 90%.
Many ports report
the cruise season as ‘canceled for the entire season’, with cruise vessels
berthing only for lay-up or shipyard.
Increase in barge and rail delays on the intermodal leg
The situation in
hinterland transport slightly deteriorated compared to November and December
2020. November seemed to present a turning point.
The situation for
barge services has significantly deteriorated, with 30% of ports now reporting
Professor Thanos Pallis commented : “The sudden recent surge in volumes on
several big trade routes is testing the capacity limits of some ports/terminals
and their inland transport systems, leading to disruptions in hinterland
transport connectivity in some ports.”
Reports of under-utilization of quayside and port warehousing areas on
On the quayside
and close beyond the gates, more ports are reporting an underutilisation of
local warehousing and distribution facilities for foodstuffs and medical
supplies, and consumer goods.
Availability of port workers back to normal
In the past few
months, the COVID-19 crisis has a very limited impact on the availability of
Crew changes register only a slight improvement
On a global scale, 44% of
ports that provided information on crew changes reported no crew changes had
taken place in week 6 of 2021, down from 55% in week 27. In a quarter of ports,
a very limited number of crew changes have occurred (less than 5) compared to
one third in week 27.