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 France France - port strikes 9 Feb 2024 - The French National Federation of ports and docks have called for a new series of 24 hour strikes for February 16, 22, and 27, 2024. This follows disruptions from farmworkers road blockades and earlier strikes this month (Feb 5, 7, 9, 2024).
France - port strikes Europe  •  France  •  9 Feb 2024 - The French National Federation of ports and docks have called for a new series of 24 hour strikes for February 16, 22, and 27, 2024. This follows disruptions from farmworkers road blockades and earlier strikes this month (Feb 5, 7, 9, 2024).
North America US New York / New Jersey 9 Feb 2024 - on Monday Feb 12 Maher, Port Liberty, Bayonne and NY, RHCT, Ports America, Bayonne Chassis and Columbia Container Depots will be CLOSED observing Lincoln's Birthday. APMT, PNCT, ECW, CES, H+M, C+C, Elizabeth Chassis Depot will be OPEN.
New York / New Jersey North America  •  US  •  9 Feb 2024 - on Monday Feb 12 Maher, Port Liberty, Bayonne and NY, RHCT, Ports America, Bayonne Chassis and Columbia Container Depots will be CLOSED observing Lincoln's Birthday. APMT, PNCT, ECW, CES, H+M, C+C, Elizabeth Chassis Depot will be OPEN.
South America Chile Chile - Wildfires near Valparaiso 7 Feb 2024 - Chile has declared a state of emergency in multiple regions following the outbreak of a series of deadly wildfires. Valparaiso port is unaffected, but be prepared for logistical disruptions in the region - road transport, depot operations, power outages, etc.
Chile - Wildfires near Valparaiso South America  •  Chile  •  7 Feb 2024 - Chile has declared a state of emergency in multiple regions following the outbreak of a series of deadly wildfires. Valparaiso port is unaffected, but be prepared for logistical disruptions in the region - road transport, depot operations, power outages, etc.
Europe Spain Spain - Road transport disruption from protests 7 Feb 2024 - Road transport on major motorways and distribution hubs have been blocked by farm workers protesting new green regulations, taxes, and pricing pressures.  Demonstrations are planned to continue through the month of February in different locations throughout Spain. Be prepared for subsequent disruption in the scheduling of winery pickups and container transport by region.
Spain - Road transport disruption from protests Europe  •  Spain  •  7 Feb 2024 - Road transport on major motorways and distribution hubs have been blocked by farm workers protesting new green regulations, taxes, and pricing pressures.  Demonstrations are planned to continue through the month of February in different locations throughout Spain. Be prepared for subsequent disruption in the scheduling of winery pickups and container transport by region.
Europe Germany Hamburg 22 Jan 2024 - The Trade Union of German Locomotive Drivers has announced a strike from 6pm local time Jan 23, 2024 to 6pm local time Monday Jan 29, 2023. Rail transport will encounter disruptions of services and delays from backlog when the strike ends. 27 Dec 2023 - Train drivers union (GDL) announced that they are planning a series of 3-5 day strikes expected from January 8, 2024. Exact schedule is not yet known but this will likely have a severe impact on the entire network.
Hamburg Europe  •  Germany  •  22 Jan 2024 - The Trade Union of German Locomotive Drivers has announced a strike from 6pm local time Jan 23, 2024 to 6pm local time Monday Jan 29, 2023. Rail transport will encounter disruptions of services and delays from backlog when the strike ends. 27 Dec 2023 - Train drivers union (GDL) announced that they are planning a series of 3-5 day strikes expected from January 8, 2024. Exact schedule is not yet known but this will likely have a severe impact on the entire network.
North America US Seattle / Tacoma 22 Jan 2024 - Vessel wait times 2 day at Seattle, 3 days at Husky Terminal, and 8 days at Washington United Terminal. Husky terminal closed on Jan 22, 2024 and Terminal 18 will be closed on January 26, 2024. Terminal 5 will be closed Jan 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2024. Congestion at Tahoma with offloading containers going into undeliverable areas for 2-4 days. Delays at Terminal 5 when vessels arriving and discharging.
Seattle / Tacoma North America  •  US  •  22 Jan 2024 - Vessel wait times 2 day at Seattle, 3 days at Husky Terminal, and 8 days at Washington United Terminal. Husky terminal closed on Jan 22, 2024 and Terminal 18 will be closed on January 26, 2024. Terminal 5 will be closed Jan 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2024. Congestion at Tahoma with offloading containers going into undeliverable areas for 2-4 days. Delays at Terminal 5 when vessels arriving and discharging.
North America US USA - Northern California pickups 22 Jan 2024 - Flood watch alerts and road closures will impact pickup and deliveries in parts of Northern California including Sonoma, Napa, Guerneville, Solano and Marin counties.
USA - Northern California pickups North America  •  US  •  22 Jan 2024 - Flood watch alerts and road closures will impact pickup and deliveries in parts of Northern California including Sonoma, Napa, Guerneville, Solano and Marin counties.
North America US USA Rail delays 22 Jan 2024 - Extreme delays for rail transit in the Midwest region due to winter weather.Containers have been delayed being put on the rail from Houston going into the Midwest and West Coast. Once the container reaches the Midwest there is a slowdown of containers being grounded and becoming available. Warehouses in the Mid-West are delayed in giving appointments. Expect extra chassis and storage charges. Louisville having chassis issues and warehouse appts delayed. Chicago arrivals are slow to arrive. Appointments delayed. Denver containers grounding take a few days once the train arrives at ramp. Nashville slow to ground containers once they arrive. Appointments delayed. Delays loading onto the rail, leaving NY/NJ, and arriving in the Midwest and California.
USA Rail delays North America  •  US  •  22 Jan 2024 - Extreme delays for rail transit in the Midwest region due to winter weather.Containers have been delayed being put on the rail from Houston going into the Midwest and West Coast. Once the container reaches the Midwest there is a slowdown of containers being grounded and becoming available. Warehouses in the Mid-West are delayed in giving appointments. Expect extra chassis and storage charges. Louisville having chassis issues and warehouse appts delayed. Chicago arrivals are slow to arrive. Appointments delayed. Denver containers grounding take a few days once the train arrives at ramp. Nashville slow to ground containers once they arrive. Appointments delayed. Delays loading onto the rail, leaving NY/NJ, and arriving in the Midwest and California.
North America US Miami / Port Everglades 22 Jan 2024 - Congestion at terminal entry/exit points. SFCT congestion due to vessel bunching.
Miami / Port Everglades North America  •  US  •  22 Jan 2024 - Congestion at terminal entry/exit points. SFCT congestion due to vessel bunching.
North America US Oakland 22 Jan 2024 - Expect delays at OICT/Marine/Trapac. Terminal delays averaging up to 6 days at OICT and 3 days at TraPac. Equipment shortages, including chassis.
Oakland North America  •  US  •  22 Jan 2024 - Expect delays at OICT/Marine/Trapac. Terminal delays averaging up to 6 days at OICT and 3 days at TraPac. Equipment shortages, including chassis.
North America US Charleston 22 Jan 2023 - Vessel waiting time up to 24 hours at Wando Welch Terminal.
Charleston North America  •  US  •  22 Jan 2023 - Vessel waiting time up to 24 hours at Wando Welch Terminal.
North America US Savannah 22 Jan 2024 - Vessel waiting time up to 3 days depending on vessel size. Berth 2 is back online and should help reduce wait times. Delays in distributor warehouse appointments.
Savannah North America  •  US  •  22 Jan 2024 - Vessel waiting time up to 3 days depending on vessel size. Berth 2 is back online and should help reduce wait times. Delays in distributor warehouse appointments.
North America US New Orleans 22 Jan 2024 - Limited chassis availability.
New Orleans North America  •  US  •  22 Jan 2024 - Limited chassis availability.
Middle East Red Sea Basin Countries Red Sea Routes – Update 4 Jan 4 Jan 2024 - The Red Sea crisis, now in its third week, continues to worsen with recent anti-ship missile activity. Major shippers like Hapag Lloyd and Maersk, reacting to these developments, have suspended Suez Canal routes, opting for detours via South Africa at least for another week. Other carriers, such as CMA CGM, are also following suit. A key challenge in this situation is the unpredictability of shipping routes at booking, as last-minute routing decisions are made by vessel operators, not the carriers' alliances. 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.
Red Sea Routes – Update 4 Jan Middle East  •  Red Sea Basin Countries  •  4 Jan 2024 - The Red Sea crisis, now in its third week, continues to worsen with recent anti-ship missile activity. Major shippers like Hapag Lloyd and Maersk, reacting to these developments, have suspended Suez Canal routes, opting for detours via South Africa at least for another week. Other carriers, such as CMA CGM, are also following suit. A key challenge in this situation is the unpredictability of shipping routes at booking, as last-minute routing decisions are made by vessel operators, not the carriers' alliances. 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.
North America Canada Montreal 27 Dec 2023 - Potential Strike at Port of Montreal. Negotiations have hit a standstill triggering a cooling of period that could potentially lead to strike action by the end of January 2024.
Montreal North America  •  Canada  •  27 Dec 2023 - Potential Strike at Port of Montreal. Negotiations have hit a standstill triggering a cooling of period that could potentially lead to strike action by the end of January 2024.
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.
North America Canada Halifax 27 Dec 2023 - Minimal delays for arriving vessels, but import dwell time is around 7 days at the terminals. Labor availability is contributing to the delays.
Halifax North America  •  Canada  •  27 Dec 2023 - Minimal delays for arriving vessels, but import dwell time is around 7 days at the terminals. Labor availability is contributing to the 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.
Europe France Fos sur Mer 1 Dec 2023 - Dockworkers unions have announced strike dates and times as follows: Dec 1, 2023 - 4 hour strike, Dec 4, 2023 - 4 hour strike, Dec 14, 2023 - 24 hour strike, Dec 21, 2023 - 24 hour strike.
Fos sur Mer Europe  •  France  •  1 Dec 2023 - Dockworkers unions have announced strike dates and times as follows: Dec 1, 2023 - 4 hour strike, Dec 4, 2023 - 4 hour strike, Dec 14, 2023 - 24 hour strike, Dec 21, 2023 - 24 hour strike.
Central America Mexico Mexico port delays 29 Nov 2023 - Port congestion at Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo, Altamira and Veracruz due to bad weather conditions.
Mexico port delays Central America  •  Mexico  •  29 Nov 2023 - Port congestion at Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo, Altamira and Veracruz due to bad weather conditions.
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