Containership schedule reliability at lowest level since records began

2021-02-02T10:41:27+00:00 February 2nd, 2021|

Global container service scheduled reliability has declined to its lowest levels since records began, according to new data from SeaIntelligence Consulting. The analyst’s latest schedule reliability data for December shows just 44.6% of vessels arriving on time, “which means that for the fifth consecutive month, global schedule reliability has been the lowest across all months [...]

Equipment and capacity squeeze sees South China cargo bookings suspended

2020-12-08T11:38:27+00:00 December 8th, 2020|

  Shipping lines have announced the temporary suspension of cargo bookings into South China next month, blaming reduced capacity from local feeder operators. The move has prompted dismay among local forwarders who have warned customers “not to hesitate” to take any chance of booking cargo prior to Chinese New Year, which falls on 12 February. [...]

Container shortages the biggest disrupter: where are all the empty boxes?

2020-12-02T14:13:37+00:00 December 2nd, 2020|

Some container vessels have been sailing from Asia to Europe under-utilised in recent weeks due to an acute shortage of empty boxes. A carrier source advised: “We have had to sail light a few times recently as there are just not enough boxes at depots [in China] to meet the demand.” All carriers report severe shortages [...]

Felixstowe Port in ‘chaos’ as Christmas and Brexit loom

2020-11-20T09:48:57+00:00 November 20th, 2020|

  Retailers, shipping and haulage companies have complained of "chaos" at Felixstowe Port in Suffolk, affecting goods in the run-up to Christmas. One ship due to be unloaded at the port last week was redirected to Rotterdam because of "unacceptable" delays. The owner, Hutchison Ports, blames pre-Brexit stockpiling and the pandemic. Freight manager Matt Hudson [...]

More blank sailings as Hapag-Lloyd sets new Asia-N Europe freight rate record

2020-11-17T09:36:11+00:00 November 17th, 2020|

THE Alliance plans to blank a quarter of its Asia-North Europe sailings in the first week of December, coinciding with lead line Hapag-Lloyd’s plans to hike its rates on the route by 70%. The carrier advised customers yesterday that its FAK rate from Asia to North Europe from 1 December – excluding the UK – [...]

Felixstowe bans empties again as congestion builds and vessels ‘cut and run’

2020-11-04T09:29:51+00:00 November 4th, 2020|

The embattled UK port of Felixstowe has again had to revert to refusing to accept empty containers, in a continuing effort to clear its congestion backlog. According to customer notice from Taiwanese line Evergreen to UK shippers and forwarders, the port this morning announced it would “temporarily stop the restitution of all empty containers until [...]