22.10.2020
SOUTHAMPTON PORT CONGESTION SURCHARGE


The first major shipping line, CMA, has announced today a 'Southampton port congestion surcharge' of $150 per TEU effective for arrivals into Southampton from all Asian ports. This surcharge applies to all vessels arriving on or after 1st November 2020

30.9.2020
EASING OF FELIXSTOWE PORT CONGESTION


We have received notice that there has been an easing to the congestion at Felixstowe port which has resulted in CMA removing their announced congestion surcharge of $150 which was due to take effect from 1st October.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will up-date as necessary.

21.9.2020
STATEMENT FROM FELIXSTOWE PORT REGARDING CONGESTION ISSUES


The below statement has been issued by the Port of Felixstowe via their website

We are currently experiencing a high demand for both road and rail capacity. The situation has been caused by a sharp spike in import container volumes, along with a high proportion of late vessel arrivals. The weekly import volume for the last two weeks has been over 30% higher than average levels. This is exacerbated by unusually high levels of empty containers at the port and the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis on resource availability. 

As a result, our service standards are not currently where we would like them to be and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. In order to bring performance levels back to that expected by our customers, we are taking the following measures:

  • Increasing our VBS booking availability to over 4,300 vehicles per day.
  • Opening on Sunday for haulage collection.
  • Working with our customers to temporarily slow down and reduce the number of empty containers being returned to the port by rail and road, to ensure we do not run out of storage space.
  • Recruiting and training over 100 additional front line equipment drivers which had not been possible during lockdown.
  • Improving labour availability, and preparing for a possible second wave of Covid -19, by securing private testing for our employees to minimise the period people need to self-isolate if they, or a family member, display symptoms.
 

Thank you for your support and understanding. We are confident that these measures and the continued close cooperation with our partners will address these operational challenges.


18.9.2020
SEVERE CONGESTION AT FELIXSTOWE PORT

 

All Shipping Lines are advising of severe industry wide congestion at the Port of Felixstowe which is impacting service levels through disrupted vessel operations (discharging and loading), as well as landside movements by rail and truck on and off the terminal. As a result the industry is experiencing:

 
  • Vessel schedule disruption with delays in the time taken to discharge containers from vessels.
  • Prolonged turnaround times on the quay for trucks.
  • Import containers missing planned connections to rail.
  • Reduced haulage availability.


There is a cumulative knock on effect from these issues as they impact each other and whilst Felixstowe is the main UK Port currently affected, we are seeing the ripple effect starting to impact other major UK ports too.

Davies Turner is committed to helping customers manage this extremely difficult industry wide situation and mitigate where possible additional costs incurred. Our ocean teams throughout the UK will endeavour to keep in close contact with all customers to provide up-dates on specific movements. If you have any concerns please discuss with your usual Davies Turner contact.

15.9.2020
EQUIPMENT SHORTAGES ASIA UP-DATE

Evidence of a slight easing of equipment shortages has been seen in Asia, particularly in South China.
 
9.9.2020
EQUIPMENT SHORTAGES ASIA

All Shipping Lines are advising of equipment shortages throughout Asia, this situation has been brought about by traffic flow disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, meaning that empty 20’ and 40’ containers have not been returned to Asia.  It is anticipated that this situation will intensify in the lead up to ‘Golden Week’.