Europe, Middle East and Africa

February 1, 2023

On the ocean

We will continue to adapt our product and add capacity where possible in accordance with the forecasts that our customer provide. Though vessel schedules continue to be disrupted due to port congestion and other issues at ports throughout the region.

In ports and terminals

The ports continue to see delays due to high cargo volumes, which combined with labor shortage in all terminals and vehicle processing centers due to Covid-19 and government restrictions further compounds the delays.

Southampton: Terminal capacity constraints are easing, but volume throughput continues at a strong pace as OEMs look to year end/quarter end sales targets. Berth 44 is planned to be taken out for maintenance which will reduce the port berth capacity for a period.. While we have seen some resolve on Industrial action in some sectors, there however remains pressure in the ports, rail and postal sectors. We still see little impact on our operations. Positive dialogues and action plans continue without major OEM/Shippers to regulate the cargo flow into and out of the terminal which reduces gate congestions and assists in yard management.

Zeebrugge: Terminal yard and berths continue to be highly utilized which leads to space constraints and increased risk for vessel delays. The terminals are running at high occupancy and are catching up with schedules.

Antwerp: Due to less activities in the container terminals, more labor is available at this moment. Though there is little improvement in additional capacity being available.

Bremerhaven: Terminal capacity currently exceeds desired target by approximately 10,000 units, with additional volumes expected within next few weeks. The Berth utilization remains stable. The high utilization of the ABC peninsula for high & heavy and breakbulk cargo operations remains unchanged. The maintenance of Kaiser Harbour lock is still planned for mid April until mid June and North port lock for 2 weeks in June and July.

Tarragona: Congestions expected as we suffer from lack of labor due to manpower reorganization.

Santander: Terminal congestion to be expected due to high export volumes.

Livorno: Terminal congestion to be expected due to high ​import volumes.

Koper: Terminal congestion to be expected due to high import and export volume.

Durban: The Durban Roro Terminal faces high occupancy levels resulting from a large amount of vehicle import autos have not been cleared from the terminal in a timely manner. OEMs have found it difficult to deal with the massive increase in import volumes from vessels at the end of December and beginning of January as their storage yards become crowded with this high influx of cargo. ​ Transnet Port Terminal (TPT) have engaged with the OEMs on the situation and the evacuation of their cargo from the terminal, the OEMs have reassured the terminal that other measures are being put in place to secure additional spaces and temporary storage yards so that they can remove their cargo from the terminal.​

At our processing centres

Vehicle processing
Zeebrugge: Our vehicle processing centre is open and operational. Hours of operation remain the same and staff is equipped with safety materials to prevent exposure.

Dubai:
Our vehicle processing centre is open and operational. Staff is continuing to work closely with customers to support increased storage requirements.

Equipment processing
Zeebrugge: Our equipment processing centre is open and operational. As storage capacity continues to be stretched, we encourage customers to pick up their cargo as soon as possible. Regular hours of operation remain in place.

Dubai: Our equipment processing centre is open and operational. We are working with our customers to support their additional storage requirements.

As OEMs continue to operate with varied manufacturing schedules and as they face new and potentially unforeseen challenges, we are committed to supporting our customers to maintain a healthy supply chain. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs further.