Maersk makes winter weather plans for stormy North Atlantic

Through Mike wackett (The Charging Star) –

A record Atlantic hurricane season severely disrupted transatlantic liner services, exacerbating capacity shortage issues on the route.

In addition, an acceleration of the modal shift from heavily congested US West Coast ports to East Coast and Gulf terminals has resulted in more berthing delays and missed last minute stops.

Until now, bad weather has forced transatlantic carriers to occasionally cancel stopovers in order to recover schedules, but without immediate relaxation of the unfavorable conditions, temporary network adjustments are now being made for the winter period.

Maersk clients advised today that its three loops from Northern Europe to the east coast of the United States, which it operates with MSC as part of the 2M alliance, would have a number of port omissions, mainly on the east and Gulf coasts , as part of its “winter plan review”.

He said: “The harsh winter conditions in the North Atlantic have led to a deterioration in the reliability of trading.”

He said he planned to operate his TA1 (MSC NEUATL1), TA2 (NEUATL2) and TA3 (NEUATL3) on a planned winter schedule, and “we have agreed to a second cycle for the winter plan. covering the period from December to February “.

He said he would endeavor to offer shippers affected by the changes other options for omitted ports “where we have the option, another navigation or an itinerary in the same week”.

The carrier added, “We expect this program to significantly improve your experience with Maersk, as sudden changes to your freight plan will be reduced compared to previous years. “

Despite the weather delays affecting vessel operations, the ports on the east coast of the United States are experiencing very impressive volume growth resulting in docking and city side delays.

The latest data from New York-based consulting firm Blue Alpha Capital, covering November’s imports at the ten largest U.S. container ports, saw a further shift from west coast ports to the east as shippers d Asia have redirected containers to avoid long delays for products shipped. in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

According to data from Blue Alpha Capital, the east coast saw 9.9% annual growth in container imports last month, to 1,053,533 teu, compared to a 7.5% drop in volumes for the west coast, to 964,704 teu.

It should be noted in particular that the Port of New York and New Jersey (NYNJ) saw its throughput increase by 3.2% in November, to 395,336 teu, overtaking Long Beach to become the second busiest US port box. , just below 403,569 teu in LA. Comparing the growth with that of November 2019 before the pandemic, import volumes to NYNJ increased by 31%, according to the consultant’s data.

Meanwhile, in its latest operational update from the US port, Hapag-Lloyd said that on Friday four ships were anchored off New York City, awaiting a berth and manpower. available, although he said the average for the week was two.

“High usage of berths and terminals is expected to continue through the holidays and through the first quarter of 2022,” the line said.

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