The blockage of the Suez Canal did not affect European and Asian ports


Major hub ports in Europe and Asia have not yet fully felt the impact of the six-day blockage of the Suez Canal on the decline in the number of ships arriving, but preliminary signs show that so far, the terminal has been coping with the increase in the number of incoming ships. There was a major delay.

According to data from the supply chain visibility company project44, when Evergreen-charted ran aground in Suez, the capacity of more than 1.9 million TEU was delayed. Westbound ships began to arrive in Northern Europe this week, while eastbound ships began to call in Singapore.

A spokesperson for the Port Group told JOC.com on Wednesday: “The first wave of container ships from the Suez Canal has arrived in Singapore.” He added that the handling of these ships is progressing smoothly.

Rotterdam is the first port of call for many Asia-Europe routes. A spokesperson for the port said that the number of ships arriving in the past few days has increased.

He said: “We have been monitoring the situation closely, but so far there is no need to take emergency measures.” “But now it has just begun, and the growth in transaction volume has just begun.”

The spokesperson said that the 60-day rolling port of Rotterdam has an average of 77 ships calling every day; it is expected that there will be 83 calls on Tuesday and 79 calls on Wednesday.

He said: “(The port) requires all parties to extract as many containers as possible from the deep-sea terminal. The practice has achieved results.” He added that some large cargo owners have decided to collect containers themselves.

A spokesman for the Port of Antwerp said that the first ships delayed by the Suez Canal are expected to arrive later this week.

He told JOC.com: “The estimated traffic situation is not as bad as expected.” He also added that it is too early to draw conclusions. “It now appears that other ports in Europe will be particularly busy. In Antwerp, ships seem to be scattered.”

The British port of Felixstowe has handled the delay of the first Suez Canal cargo ship. There is currently no congestion in the port because the carrier has rescheduled the call at European ports to minimize delays. The Port of Felixstowe expects more ships to arrive later this week, but a spokesperson said that no major delays are expected at the port.

However, as there are nearly 20 container shipping services calling at multiple ports in Europe and Asia every week in the Asia-Europe trade, it will be difficult for the carrier to restore the lost timetable and limit the shipper’s interruption, and the shipper It is impossible to escape without being affected.

Hapag-Lloyd warned customers that due to the continuous arrival of ships at Nordic ports, it is expected that orders will often be severely delayed and cancelled. The shipping company said in a customer consultation on Wednesday that due to “very tight capacity in the coming weeks,” booking cancellations are “inevitable” in some cases.

Maersk estimates that the expected delays in northern European and Asian ports will result in a temporary loss of 20% to 30% of its trading capacity, which will push up spot prices and cause equipment shortages because containers will take longer to relocate.

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