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 [...]

Maersk Invests in Danish Startup Onomondo

2019-11-28T14:34:34+00:00 November 28th, 2019|

Maersk Growth, the corporate venture arm of Danish shipping giant Maersk, has invested in compatriot startup Onomondo. Founded in 2012, Onomondo is a global cellular operator for the Internet of Things (IoT), working to connect and simplify enterprise-grade connected services across the globe. “Onomondo is in the market with a proven technology that enables A.P. [...]