04 July 2018
Freight forwarders and container lines are continuing to report ongoing disruptions to operations at the Port of Felixstowe resulting from the upgrade of the leading UK container port’s Terminal Operating System (TOS) last month.
Carriers such as Maersk Line report delayed berthing in Felixstowe this week for various vessels, and Maersk and its 2M alliance partner MSC are continuing to divert some vessels to alternative UK container ports such as Southampton and London Gateway.
It has been broadcasted that vessel diversions to Southampton and London Gateway were set to continue past the end of July, noting: “Disruption is still very much ongoing. The Felixstowe problems are still very much with us.”
In a note to customers this week, MSC said: “The Port of Felixstowe (PoF) continues to experience service interruptions following the implementation of a new terminal operating system. These issues are impacting all associated shipping lines and vessel arrival times and collection/delivery slots.”
MSC added: “We continue to utilise the breadth of our UK port and intermodal network to maintain service levels and minimise the impact on your bookings. In the short-term this means that selected vessels will be diverted when it is necessary to do so for the continuity of service.
It said vessel diversions for the 2M alliance this week included MSC Ningbo to Southampton on 1 July and Ebba Maersk to London Gateway on 4 July.
Similarly, Maersk this week is continuing to advise customers of “operational challenges currently experienced at the Port of Felixstowe”, noting: “This is causing reduced productivity of the container terminal, which in turn impacts operations on vessels expected to berth at Felixstowe over the coming days, as well as landside operation at the terminal itself.
It added: “Our teams are continuously working on finding alternative solutions for your cargo and are closely cooperating with the Port and Terminal, in order to minimise to the extent possible any potential negative impact you may experience.”
It noted delayed berth line ups in Felixstowe for several 2M vessels this week: Moscow Maersk; Evelyn Maersk; and MSC Mirja. And in addition to the diversion this week of Ebba Maersk to London Gateway on 4 July, it noted that MSC Rifaya would also be diverted to London Gateway next week, with an ETA of 11 July.
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