Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM “temporarily” move 2 services away from Savannah

Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM have announced that two services are “temporarily” bypassing Savannah, Georgia.

CMA CGM said on Wednesday that its Amerigo service, which connects the western Mediterranean to the eastern seaboard of the United States, “will temporarily stop calling Savannah due to severe congestion at this port – eight to 10 days – and in order to protect the integrity of schedules and the weekly frequency of crossings. . “

Instead, the service will call at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina, starting with the scheduled arrival of CMA CGM La Traviata on November 27. La Traviata has a capacity of 8,488 units equivalent to twenty feet.

The waters off the Port of Savannah remained congested late Wednesday afternoon. (Image: MarineTraffic)

Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority, said this week that the Port of Charleston has the bandwidth to handle more imports.

“As the global supply chain remains under enormous pressure, SC Ports is fortunate to have invested in the right infrastructure at the right time. We have the cargo capacity, berth availability and terminal fluidity that retailers need to move their cargo quickly as peak season approaches, ”Newsome said.

Hapag-Lloyd has said its Atlantic Loop 3 service will temporarily bypass Savannah and call Jacksonville, Florida instead.

The German shipping company did not cite congestion at the Port of Savannah as the reason, saying only that the decision was taken “to optimize our portfolio of services, stabilize schedules and adapt to market needs.”

Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen mentioned congestion at the Port of Savannah during a call with reporters earlier this month.

“If we look at the United States, this is probably where we still have the most difficulty, not only in LA / Long Beach but also in other ports on the west coast, but also increasingly in the east coast ports, where places like Savannah and New York are heavily congested.

Hapag-Lloyd’s change of stopover will begin with the departure on October 31 of the Hudson Express from Antwerp, Belgium. The vessel is scheduled to arrive at JAXPORT’s TraPac container terminal on November 18. The rotation of the port will be that of Antwerp; Hamburg, Germany; London; Charleston; Jacksonville; and Norfolk, Virginia.

CEO Eric Green said JAXPORT is ready.

“During this time of unprecedented port disruption, Jacksonville’s efficiency on both the city and water side continues to set us apart in the industry,” Green said in a statement. “With our strategic location and the efficiency of our workforce, terminal operators, facilities and transportation network, there is no doubt that Jacksonville is an extremely attractive option for ocean carriers and shippers looking to take advantage of the convenience of doing business that Jacksonville offers. “

Savannah’s congestion was also not cited in JAXPORT’s announcement, although it said there were no container ships waiting at anchor outside the Port of Florida.

JAXPORT is only 130 nautical miles south of the Port of Savannah, but the two operations are much further apart in size. The Georgia Ports Authority moved more than 4.6 million twenty-foot equivalent units in 2020. JAXPORT processed approximately 1.27 million TEUs in its 2020 fiscal year, which runs from October 1 to September 30. .

JAXPORT is in the middle of a federal project to deepen the shipping channel to 47 feet and allow it to handle larger vessels. This work should be completed next year.

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