Maersk Faces Significant Terminal Congestion In Mediterranean And Asian Ports

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Maersk faces significant terminal congestion in Mediterranean and Asian ports, causing substantial delays in its vessel schedule, the Danish shipping group said in a statement.

Cascading Delays 

As a result of that congestion, the world’s second-largest container shipping company will skip two westbound sailings from China and South Korea that had been planned to depart in early July, it added. The notice from Maersk comes as global supply chains are suffering cascading delays and higher costs due to Yemen’s Houthi militant attacks on commercial vessels near the Suez Canal. Major ocean container carriers like Maersk, MSC, and Hapag-Lloyd, for safety, have rerouted ships to the longer route around Africa.

Singapore, home to the world’s second-largest container seaport, is the latest to be hit by congestion, according to Linerlytica. Data from that firm also showed congestion at ports in China, Dubai, Spain, and the United States.

Weather Impact 

Ports in China have been hit by high winds and other weather that has affected cargo flows, shipping experts told Reuters.

The worsening congestion in Singapore and Dubai’s Jebel Ali ports are driven by the sudden surge in cargo demand as well as continued disruptions caused by the diversion of ships from the Red Sea, Lynerlytica said.

Ultra-large ships from the Far East are offloading containers at western Mediterranean ports such as Barcelona and then reloading on smaller ships headed for final destinations at central and eastern Mediterranean ports, straining operations at affected ports, according to pricing platform Xeneta.

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Source: Reuters

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