Americas

19 May 2022

On the ocean

We've been adding capacity where needed to support our customers keep their cargo moving. We encourage you to continue to communicate with our dedicated sales organization and provide accurate forecasts, as this will allow us to further add capacity. Accurate forecasts will support better deployment of our capacity across our trades and in turn better support your business.

In ports and terminals

Trucking capacity and labor shortages continue to disrupt port operations, as cargo is able to be delivered and picked up as efficiently. Vessel delays also make it difficult to arrange for cargo pick ups and drop offs. In addition, high inventory levels remain at some of the US West Coast ports, where pick up of cargo needs to be expedited.

Galveston, Texas - Effective immediately, no truck loads with a gross weight of 80,000 pounds or more will be permitted to go over the Northbound Tiki Island (Santa Fe) Bridge, due to structural cracks identified last week during the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TXDOT) inspection. TXDOT’s originally scheduled project was to replace the northbound Santa Fe (Tiki Island) bridge in 6-8 weeks. An inspection of the bridge determined that it was not sufficient to continue to allow permitted overweight trucks (>80,000) to transit the bridge. As a result, TXDOT expedited the process to begin the contraflow project originally scheduled in 6-8 weeks from today. This overweight permitted lane looks to be up and running in a few days. This allows for all overweight trucks, not just from the Port, to exit the island. In a few weeks, TXDOT will begin expanding the overweight permitted lane to 3 lanes for all vehicular traffic. These lanes will be on the I45 southbound lanes creating 3 northbound and 2 southbound.

Callao, Peru - We are experiencing delays at the port due to congestion and the port is working under full capacity. The storage yard has very limited capacity and in addition receivers are allowed to keep the cargo in the port for up to three days without any additional storage fee. Wait time before berth is reaching up to 10 days.

San Antonio, Chile - The congestion situation at the Port of San Antonio continues to be a concern, with an average waiting time for vessels to berth is 17 days, causing delays to our vessel operation and in turn adding extra costs that impact our ability to service the trade. The port is facing significant challenges of their own including port congestion, lack of trucking capacity and the inability to clear cargo arriving at the terminal in a timely manner. Average waiting time for berthing is expected to improve as the labour force starts returning to work after recovery from Covid 19.

San Antonio Disclaimer - While we are working hard to minimize disruptions, in the case of prolonged delays we may be forced to deviate from our normal vessel schedules without prior notice, as listed in our bill of lading terms. It may also be necessary to unload and deliver your cargo in a port in Chile which was not the port you originally planned for discharge. Any further movement of your cargo will be at your risk and expense. These possibilities should be considered by you before booking any cargo to these ports. For updates and mitigation plans on your current and future bookings, please directly contact your Wallenius Wilhelmsen representative or our customer service departments. or follow the our schedules.

At our processing centres

Vehicle processing:
Operations:
Our port processing centres are open and operational. As production continues to be disrupted, we continue to be flexible in the services we offer, how we organize our sites, as well as seeking additional storage options where necessary.

Mexico: Mexico: All facilities remain open and operational; safety measures continue to be in place in all of them to ensure the health of our employees. We are working closely with plant production and vehicle distribution areas in every facility across the country to ensure and adjust capacity/resources as they face intermittent shutdowns due lack of components to assemble vehicles.

Canada: In Annacis, inbound volumes are beginning to show signs of consistency and slowly approaching pre-Covid levels in line with typical seasonal forecasts. Throughput and capacity are being balanced between inbound and outbound volumes without any rail or truck constraints. Maintaining safe protocols for employees, vendors and visitors remain strictly in place.

Equipment processing:
Operations: Our equipment processing centres in the U.S. and Panama are open and operational, though with reduced staff in some locations to reflect demand.

Capacity: We continue to see strong volumes at both our on-port and off-port EPC sites and encourage our customers to both look at their upcoming forecasts and any planned changes to assist planning for our operations teams.

Inland distribution

Keen Transport’s trucks are operational and deliver units to and from ports, plants and dealerships. The regional maintenance facilities are open to keep the fleet on the road, as well as our permitting team to secure necessary approvals.

We are thankful for the continued support our drivers have received throughout the United States.