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
Europe Italy Genoa 15 July 2024 - Railway restrictions announced by Italian railway will affect operations for Genoa rail transport as follows: Genoa Voltri - PSA Genoa Pra Terminal no rail traffic from August 10 - 18, 2024. Genoa Marittima - SECH Terminal and Genoa Port terminal - no rail traffic from August 5 - Sept 8, 2024. The Via Ovada track has been closed since July 6, 2024. Note for truck transport to Genoa, trucking unions applied a congestion surcharge as of June 10, 2024.
Genoa Europe  •  Italy  •  15 July 2024 - Railway restrictions announced by Italian railway will affect operations for Genoa rail transport as follows: Genoa Voltri - PSA Genoa Pra Terminal no rail traffic from August 10 - 18, 2024. Genoa Marittima - SECH Terminal and Genoa Port terminal - no rail traffic from August 5 - Sept 8, 2024. The Via Ovada track has been closed since July 6, 2024. Note for truck transport to Genoa, trucking unions applied a congestion surcharge as of June 10, 2024.
Africa South Africa Cape Town 15 July 2024 - Trasnet ports are gradually resuming operations after severe storms affected the region. Expect residual delays in vessel operations due to high swells.
Cape Town Africa  •  South Africa  •  15 July 2024 - Trasnet ports are gradually resuming operations after severe storms affected the region. Expect residual delays in vessel operations due to high swells.
Europe Germany Bremerhaven 10 July 2024 - Warning strikes at Port of Bremerhaven for July 9 -11, 2024
Bremerhaven Europe  •  Germany  •  10 July 2024 - Warning strikes at Port of Bremerhaven for July 9 -11, 2024
Europe Germany Hamburg 10 July 2024 - Warning strikes at Port of Hamburg for July 9 - 11, 2024
Hamburg Europe  •  Germany  •  10 July 2024 - Warning strikes at Port of Hamburg for July 9 - 11, 2024
Europe Italy Italy Port Strikes Announced 27 Jun 2024 - Italian port workers unions have announced a series of strikes staring July 2 until July 5, 2024. At this stage it is unclear if this will be a total strike stopping all operations, or a partial strike which would slow down cargo movements.
Italy Port Strikes Announced Europe  •  Italy  •  27 Jun 2024 - Italian port workers unions have announced a series of strikes staring July 2 until July 5, 2024. At this stage it is unclear if this will be a total strike stopping all operations, or a partial strike which would slow down cargo movements.
South America Argentina Mendoza (cross-Andes transport) 1 July 2024 - The international pass between Mendoza and the Chilean ports of San Antonio and Valparaiso has faced multiple closures due to winter weather this season. The pass has been closed on June 25-28, 20, 19, 18, 14, 13, 11, 10, 4 as well as multiple days in May. This affects the transport of loaded containers as well as the positioning of equipment in the other direction. Plan for seasonal disruption during the winter season starting late April through September. When transit is closed due to weather and re-opens, 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. Contact your Hillebrand Gori representative for alternative routing via Buenos Aires for urgent shipments.
Mendoza (cross-Andes transport) South America  •  Argentina  •  1 July 2024 - The international pass between Mendoza and the Chilean ports of San Antonio and Valparaiso has faced multiple closures due to winter weather this season. The pass has been closed on June 25-28, 20, 19, 18, 14, 13, 11, 10, 4 as well as multiple days in May. This affects the transport of loaded containers as well as the positioning of equipment in the other direction. Plan for seasonal disruption during the winter season starting late April through September. When transit is closed due to weather and re-opens, 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. Contact your Hillebrand Gori representative for alternative routing via Buenos Aires for urgent shipments.
North America US California, Arizona, Nevada Heat Advisory 1 July 2024 - Excessive heat warnings have been issued for parts of California this week.  For supplier pickups in Northern California, including Napa and Sonoma counties, daytime temperatures will range in the 90s-100F.Adjusting pickup appointments or applying cargo protection (VinLiner or Reefers with gensets) is recommended for supplier pickups and deliveries in these regions.
California, Arizona, Nevada Heat Advisory North America  •  US  •  1 July 2024 - Excessive heat warnings have been issued for parts of California this week.  For supplier pickups in Northern California, including Napa and Sonoma counties, daytime temperatures will range in the 90s-100F.Adjusting pickup appointments or applying cargo protection (VinLiner or Reefers with gensets) is recommended for supplier pickups and deliveries in these regions.
North America US Miami / Port Everglades 1 July 2024 - Congestion at SFCT, POMTOC, PET. Containers going into closed areas.  Split chassis likely. Appointment delays.
Miami / Port Everglades North America  •  US  •  1 July 2024 - Congestion at SFCT, POMTOC, PET. Containers going into closed areas.  Split chassis likely. Appointment delays.
North America US New York / New Jersey 1 July 2024 - APM and GCT terminals require mandatory appointments for picking up imports and terminating empty containers. 3 days wait time to berth at GCT Bayonne. Expect split chassis charges for rail connections.
New York / New Jersey North America  •  US  •  1 July 2024 - APM and GCT terminals require mandatory appointments for picking up imports and terminating empty containers. 3 days wait time to berth at GCT Bayonne. Expect split chassis charges for rail connections.
North America US Charleston 1 July 2024 - Delays for berthing vessels, expecting to improve from 8 days to 4-6 days this week. By the end of the month all three berths should be operational.
Charleston North America  •  US  •  1 July 2024 - Delays for berthing vessels, expecting to improve from 8 days to 4-6 days this week. By the end of the month all three berths should be operational.
Central America Panama Panama Canal Water Levels Improve

27 Jun 2024 -Recent rainfalls in the region have improved water levels allowing heavier ships with larger cargo loads at the Neopanamax locks. The Panama Canal Authority has also announced an increase in the number of slots to 35 after August 5, 2024.

Panama Canal Water Levels Improve Central America  •  Panama  •  

27 Jun 2024 -Recent rainfalls in the region have improved water levels allowing heavier ships with larger cargo loads at the Neopanamax locks. The Panama Canal Authority has also announced an increase in the number of slots to 35 after August 5, 2024.

Middle East Red Sea Basin Countries Red Sea Routes - Update 27 Jun 2024 - The Red Sea region continues to present ongoing safety challenges for vessels. Ocean carriers are expected to continue to re-route vessels via the Cape of Good Hope.; Last year shipping lines invoked Force Majeure clauses and implemented additional charges on freight rates and contracts. Hillebrand Gori implemented 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  •  27 Jun 2024 - The Red Sea region continues to present ongoing safety challenges for vessels. Ocean carriers are expected to continue to re-route vessels via the Cape of Good Hope.; Last year shipping lines invoked Force Majeure clauses and implemented additional charges on freight rates and contracts. Hillebrand Gori implemented 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.
South America Chile San Antonio - Weather Delays 21 June 2024 - During the winter season from April to October, heavy swell conditions on the Pacific Ocean will disrupt vessel berthing schedules. Due to the geography the impact is greatest at San Antonio Port so routing via Valparaiso can be an alternative, depending on the ocean carrier services and shipment destinations. Prepare for schedule delays during the winter season when shipping via Chilean ports.
San Antonio - Weather Delays South America  •  Chile  •  21 June 2024 - During the winter season from April to October, heavy swell conditions on the Pacific Ocean will disrupt vessel berthing schedules. Due to the geography the impact is greatest at San Antonio Port so routing via Valparaiso can be an alternative, depending on the ocean carrier services and shipment destinations. Prepare for schedule delays during the winter season when shipping via Chilean ports.
North America US Baltimore port reopens 11 June 2024 - The US Army Corps of Engineers announced that the Baltimore channel has been fully restored. Please contact your local Hillebrand Gori representative for more information on pending shipments and ocean carrier routing schedules.
Baltimore port reopens North America  •  US  •  11 June 2024 - The US Army Corps of Engineers announced that the Baltimore channel has been fully restored. Please contact your local Hillebrand Gori representative for more information on pending shipments and ocean carrier routing schedules.
North America Canada Canadian Railway Potential Strike - Negotiations resume 16 May 2024 - Canadian Pacific and the railway unions have restarted negotiations in an effort to secure a new collective agreement.
Canadian Railway Potential Strike - Negotiations resume North America  •  Canada  •  16 May 2024 - Canadian Pacific and the railway unions have restarted negotiations in an effort to secure a new collective agreement.
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.
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.
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 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 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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