Port updates

Red Sea Routes

Recent developments in the Red Sea have caused ocean carriers to take action to protect their vessels and their crews. Some of these actions have resulted in rate increases, which will be applied in the form of an emergency surcharge, implemented 1st Jan 2024. This situation is expected to cause an industry-wide supply and demand imbalance, resulting in capacity and equipment challenges. 

Port updates
Area Country Port Update
South America Argentina Mendoza (cross-Andes transport) 20 May 2024 - The international pass between Mendoza and the Chilean ports of San Antonio and Valparaiso was closed again due to winter weather. Transit was already delayed from closures May 14-16, 2024.Plan for seasonal disruption during the winter season starting late April through September. When transit is closed due to weather and reopens, there will be residual delays and congestion backlogs that will increase both overall transit times and unplanned charges for late/early arrival costs, storage, and demurrage/detention.
Mendoza (cross-Andes transport) South America  •  Argentina  •  20 May 2024 - The international pass between Mendoza and the Chilean ports of San Antonio and Valparaiso was closed again due to winter weather. Transit was already delayed from closures May 14-16, 2024.Plan for seasonal disruption during the winter season starting late April through September. When transit is closed due to weather and reopens, there will be residual delays and congestion backlogs that will increase both overall transit times and unplanned charges for late/early arrival costs, storage, and demurrage/detention.
Europe Italy Naples Strike 17 May 2024 - A strike at Naples port by terminal operators and truckers is affecting container operations. MSC service schedules will be disrupted. If vessels omit a port call at Naples, the most likely diversion would be to alternative ports of Salerno or Gioia Tauro.
Naples Strike Europe  •  Italy  •  17 May 2024 - A strike at Naples port by terminal operators and truckers is affecting container operations. MSC service schedules will be disrupted. If vessels omit a port call at Naples, the most likely diversion would be to alternative ports of Salerno or Gioia Tauro.
Europe France France - port strikes 16 May 2024 - The French National Federation of ports and docks have called for 4 hours per day strikes on the following days. May 21, 23, 27, 29 and 31. June 4, 6, 10, 12, 14, 18, 20, 24, 26, 28. These repeated work stoppages each week, in the middle of the day, will significantly impact container operations, scheduling container loadings, empty container pickups and full container deliveries at the ports. Note that Monday May 20, 2024 is also a public holiday.
France - port strikes Europe  •  France  •  16 May 2024 - The French National Federation of ports and docks have called for 4 hours per day strikes on the following days. May 21, 23, 27, 29 and 31. June 4, 6, 10, 12, 14, 18, 20, 24, 26, 28. These repeated work stoppages each week, in the middle of the day, will significantly impact container operations, scheduling container loadings, empty container pickups and full container deliveries at the ports. Note that Monday May 20, 2024 is also a public holiday.
Oceania New Zealand New Zealand 15 May 2024 - Capacity restrictions at Metro Park in Auckland (rail connector to Tauranga) are impacting cargo movements and shipment schedules to North America. Contact your Hillebrand Gori representative for more information and alternatives.
New Zealand Oceania  •  New Zealand  •  15 May 2024 - Capacity restrictions at Metro Park in Auckland (rail connector to Tauranga) are impacting cargo movements and shipment schedules to North America. Contact your Hillebrand Gori representative for more information and alternatives.
North America US Oakland 13 May 2024 - Expect delays and congestion at all 3 terminals for container operations.   Containers discharging at TraPac going into closed areas and not available for an average of 3 days. Terminal appointments are limited and there are delays in terminating empty containers.
Oakland North America  •  US  •  13 May 2024 - Expect delays and congestion at all 3 terminals for container operations.   Containers discharging at TraPac going into closed areas and not available for an average of 3 days. Terminal appointments are limited and there are delays in terminating empty containers.
North America US New York / New Jersey 13 May 2024 - Expect congestion from higher volumes due to Baltimore closure. PNCT has absorbed significant volume increases leading to turn times at the terminals averaging 5-6 hours. The combination of increased volumes and long lead times has resulted in unavoidable delays and demurrage charges at the terminal. PNCT has extended gate hours to 6PM in April. APM and GCT terminals require mandatory appointments for picking up imports and terminating empty containers. Empty return delays at all terminals due to the high volumes of containers.
New York / New Jersey North America  •  US  •  13 May 2024 - Expect congestion from higher volumes due to Baltimore closure. PNCT has absorbed significant volume increases leading to turn times at the terminals averaging 5-6 hours. The combination of increased volumes and long lead times has resulted in unavoidable delays and demurrage charges at the terminal. PNCT has extended gate hours to 6PM in April. APM and GCT terminals require mandatory appointments for picking up imports and terminating empty containers. Empty return delays at all terminals due to the high volumes of containers.
North America US Los Angeles / Long Beach 13 May 2024 - West Basin slowdown as vessels arrive but are not being released quickly. Challenges with the short time windows for terminal appointments once secured. Carriers terminating MSC containers must also pick up an import to secure an appointment.
Los Angeles / Long Beach North America  •  US  •  13 May 2024 - West Basin slowdown as vessels arrive but are not being released quickly. Challenges with the short time windows for terminal appointments once secured. Carriers terminating MSC containers must also pick up an import to secure an appointment.
North America US Seattle / Tacoma 13 May 2024 - Vessel wait times up to 3 days in Seattle and Tacoma. Port congestion and wait times at Seattle and Tacoma terminals. Offloaded containers going into undeliverable areas for 2-4 days.  Terminal 18 will be closed on May 17, 24, 2024.
Seattle / Tacoma North America  •  US  •  13 May 2024 - Vessel wait times up to 3 days in Seattle and Tacoma. Port congestion and wait times at Seattle and Tacoma terminals. Offloaded containers going into undeliverable areas for 2-4 days.  Terminal 18 will be closed on May 17, 24, 2024.
North America US Houston 13 May 2024 - Some delays in vessel schedules due to weather in the Gulf of Mexico. Expect continued congestion for container deliveries and pickups. Yards are congested due to the volume of containers discharging from larger vessels. Limited equipment and chassis split charges may occur. Delays to secure gensets.
Houston North America  •  US  •  13 May 2024 - Some delays in vessel schedules due to weather in the Gulf of Mexico. Expect continued congestion for container deliveries and pickups. Yards are congested due to the volume of containers discharging from larger vessels. Limited equipment and chassis split charges may occur. Delays to secure gensets.
North America US Norfolk 13 May 2023 - Terminals are seeing higher volumes from overflow of freight due to Baltimore closure. Carriers are at or over capacity and demurrage is likely in some circumstances. Empty container termination is difficult.
Norfolk North America  •  US  •  13 May 2023 - Terminals are seeing higher volumes from overflow of freight due to Baltimore closure. Carriers are at or over capacity and demurrage is likely in some circumstances. Empty container termination is difficult.
North America US Baltimore - no vessel operations 13 May 2024 - Vessel operations continue to omit Baltimore; however, some barge services have been reinstated. The port expects to restore the channel by the end of May 2024.. Please contact your local Hillebrand Gori representative for more information on pending shipments and ocean carrier rerouting.
Baltimore - no vessel operations North America  •  US  •  13 May 2024 - Vessel operations continue to omit Baltimore; however, some barge services have been reinstated. The port expects to restore the channel by the end of May 2024.. Please contact your local Hillebrand Gori representative for more information on pending shipments and ocean carrier rerouting.
North America Canada Canadian Railway Potential Strike 6 May 2024 - Teamsters for Canadian railways CP and CN have approved strike action which could take place as early as May 22, 2024. A potential strike could disrupt and delay product supply chains that rely on Canadian rail networks.
Canadian Railway Potential Strike North America  •  Canada  •  6 May 2024 - Teamsters for Canadian railways CP and CN have approved strike action which could take place as early as May 22, 2024. A potential strike could disrupt and delay product supply chains that rely on Canadian rail networks.
Middle East Red Sea Basin Countries Red Sea Routes – Update 8 Apr 2024 - The Red Sea crisis continues to impact ocean container routing. Major shippers like Hapag Lloyd, Maersk, CMA CGM have either suspended Suez Canal routings, opting for detours via South Africa or are assessing the situation for each vessel before transit. This situation results in unpredictability of shipping routes at booking, as last-minute routing decisions cannot be anticipated or communicated in advance. This uncertainty affects cargo bookings, as a booking with a carrier opting for the Suez route might still end up passing via the Cape of Good Hope. As a result of this variability, the charges imposed by carriers apply to all cargoes, regardless of the vessel's actual routing. Hapag is announcing reefer booking limitations from US East Coast due to longer reefer equipment circulation with the Cape of Good Hope routings.
Red Sea Routes – Update Middle East  •  Red Sea Basin Countries  •  8 Apr 2024 - The Red Sea crisis continues to impact ocean container routing. Major shippers like Hapag Lloyd, Maersk, CMA CGM have either suspended Suez Canal routings, opting for detours via South Africa or are assessing the situation for each vessel before transit. This situation results in unpredictability of shipping routes at booking, as last-minute routing decisions cannot be anticipated or communicated in advance. This uncertainty affects cargo bookings, as a booking with a carrier opting for the Suez route might still end up passing via the Cape of Good Hope. As a result of this variability, the charges imposed by carriers apply to all cargoes, regardless of the vessel's actual routing. Hapag is announcing reefer booking limitations from US East Coast due to longer reefer equipment circulation with the Cape of Good Hope routings.
Central America Panama Panama Canal Low Water Levels 8 Apr 2024 - Low water level conditions on Gatun Lake have continued to impact regular operations through the Panama Canal. Draught restrictions have increased, limiting the capacity of containers ships can carry when transiting the canals, and there are reduced limits on how many vessels can transit the locks each day. Additional carrier surcharges expected.
Panama Canal Low Water Levels Central America  •  Panama  •  8 Apr 2024 - Low water level conditions on Gatun Lake have continued to impact regular operations through the Panama Canal. Draught restrictions have increased, limiting the capacity of containers ships can carry when transiting the canals, and there are reduced limits on how many vessels can transit the locks each day. Additional carrier surcharges expected.
North America US Miami / Port Everglades 8 Apr 2024 - Congestion at SFCT terminals and POMTOC, split chassis likely. Appointment delays.
Miami / Port Everglades North America  •  US  •  8 Apr 2024 - Congestion at SFCT terminals and POMTOC, split chassis likely. Appointment delays.
South America Chile Chile - San Antonio Port strike 3 Apr 2024 - The Chilean port union has called for a strike at San Antonio port terminals for April 8, 2024.
Chile - San Antonio Port strike South America  •  Chile  •  3 Apr 2024 - The Chilean port union has called for a strike at San Antonio port terminals for April 8, 2024.
Europe Italy Italy - General Strike 3 Apr 2024 - Italian ports will strike for 2 hours every shift starting April 3 to April 5, 2024.  Genova port will be on strike all day on April 5th, 2024. Prepare for delays in container pickup and deliveries to the ports.
Italy - General Strike Europe  •  Italy  •  3 Apr 2024 - Italian ports will strike for 2 hours every shift starting April 3 to April 5, 2024.  Genova port will be on strike all day on April 5th, 2024. Prepare for delays in container pickup and deliveries to the ports.
Europe Finland Finland Port Strike ended 8 Apr 2024 - The Finnish Transport Workers Union (AKT) nationwide stevedores strike that started at all Finnish ports on March 11, 2024 has ended on Sunday April 7, 2024. Operations are to resume on Monday April 8, 2024 but be prepared for delays.
Finland Port Strike ended Europe  •  Finland  •  8 Apr 2024 - The Finnish Transport Workers Union (AKT) nationwide stevedores strike that started at all Finnish ports on March 11, 2024 has ended on Sunday April 7, 2024. Operations are to resume on Monday April 8, 2024 but be prepared for delays.
Middle East Red Sea Basin Countries Red Sea Routes - Update 28 Dec 2023 - The Red Sea region presents ongoing safety challenges for vessels, as an example the MSC United VIII was targeted by a missile on December 26. In response, many ships are being rerouted via the Cape of Good Hope, affecting over 150 vessels and 2 million TEUs of capacity. This has led to supply and demand imbalances globally. Shipping lines invoked Force Majeure clauses and implemented additional charges on freight rates and contracts. Hillebrand Gori will introduce an Emergency Cost Recovery Surcharge from January 1, 2024, to cover these extra costs. We all remain committed to securing shipping space and containers, ensuring operational continuity without compromising security. Customers can access shipment information via myhillebrandgori.com.
Red Sea Routes - Update Middle East  •  Red Sea Basin Countries  •  28 Dec 2023 - The Red Sea region presents ongoing safety challenges for vessels, as an example the MSC United VIII was targeted by a missile on December 26. In response, many ships are being rerouted via the Cape of Good Hope, affecting over 150 vessels and 2 million TEUs of capacity. This has led to supply and demand imbalances globally. Shipping lines invoked Force Majeure clauses and implemented additional charges on freight rates and contracts. Hillebrand Gori will introduce an Emergency Cost Recovery Surcharge from January 1, 2024, to cover these extra costs. We all remain committed to securing shipping space and containers, ensuring operational continuity without compromising security. Customers can access shipment information via myhillebrandgori.com.
Middle East Red Sea Basin Countries Red Sea Routes 18 Dec 2023 - Ocean carriers are suspending services via the Red Sea and Suez Canal after recent developments. Delays or diversions around the Cape of Good Hope will significantly impact transit times between Asia and Europe and are expected to have a ripple effect on equipment circulation and schedules on other routes. Carriers had recently increased Red Sea routing due to congestion at the Panama Canal.
Red Sea Routes Middle East  •  Red Sea Basin Countries  •  18 Dec 2023 - Ocean carriers are suspending services via the Red Sea and Suez Canal after recent developments. Delays or diversions around the Cape of Good Hope will significantly impact transit times between Asia and Europe and are expected to have a ripple effect on equipment circulation and schedules on other routes. Carriers had recently increased Red Sea routing due to congestion at the Panama Canal.
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