The recurrence of the Delta mutant strain is a heavy blow to the shipping industry. Shipping costs have soared as container prices around the world continue to hit record highs. Port congestion continues to worsen around the world, and global supply chains are in crisis.
According to the Financial Times, there are now 22 ships waiting for berths in Los Angeles and Long Beach on the west coast of the US, with ships waiting at least 12 days to anchor and unload their cargo before being shipped to factories, warehouses and shops across the country.
Peel Ports Group, the owner of the Port of Liverpool, has announced the arrival of four new operational cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CRMG) cranes opening up an additional 15 acres of yard capacity as part of the ￡400 million (US$550 million) Liverpool2 project.
On August 11, Ningbo city has reported a positive case of the Covid-19. In order to control the spread of the virus, the Meishan Port in Ningbo was closed at 3 am on Monday, leaving two days for the export containers to entry the port.
Testing of the crew of a container ship, the Rio De La Plata currently at sea off the coast of Tauranga, has confirmed 11 of the 21 crew on board are positive for COVID-19. Such a situation give more pressure to seashipping chain.
DCT Gdańsk is the largest container terminal on the Baltic Sea. Since the start of its operations in 2007, two deep-water quays (T1 and T2 - launched in 2007 and 2016 respectively) have been built with a total capacity of 3 million TEU.
The time container ships spend waiting on anchor for berths more than doubled since 2019, according to IHS Markit’s Port Performance Data. North America saw the biggest deterioration with vessels spending on average 33 hours on anchor in May 2021 vs an average of just 8 hours in May 2019.
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