Europe, Middle East and Africa

June 19, 2024

Wallenius Wilhelmsen reroutes all Red Sea transits until further notice - for more information, click here.

On the ocean

Red Sea - The safety of our people was the reason for our rerouting decision on December 18. This decision to reroute vessels will remain in place until further notice. Continuing to monitor the situation closely, we are in direct consultation with marine authorities, industry bodies and all relevant counterparts. We are working across our entire organization to, where practicable, minimize the impacts rerouting could have for customers.

Europe to East Africa service - We have stopped our sailings from Europe to East Africa. Our last voyage for now was Asian Trust and we are trying to find a suitable vessel candidate to form another voyage in the coming months should there be sufficient demand.
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

Southampton: Terminal volumes remain steady for normal operating capacity. Focus continues on storage management for ensuring capacity optimization. The team also continues to focus on vessel congestion and minimizing waiting days at the port. Export volumes are steady, and we start to see an increase in Imports but again remain steady.

Zeebrugge: Capacity for export cargo remain under control, considering shorter delivery windows. The main challenge is the import volumes which are occupying significant space on the terminal. In July, significant volumes are planned to be discharged at Orcelle Terminal and pick-up plans are being coordinated to guarantee safe vessel throughput.

Antwerp: Terminal is almost at full capacity, with auto volumes being high. Receivers' individual storage is still being closely monitored, and if above agreed limits there is a risk that cargo will be refused for discharge. ​

Bremerhaven: Currently just over half of the volumes on the terminal are inbound. Dock labour wage tariff negotiations are ongoing and vessel operations may be impacted as a result of the outcome.

Livorno: Terminal is heavily congested due to high import volumes and reduced storage area.

Koper: Congestion expected due to high export and import volume.

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

Tarragona: Congestion expected due to high export volume.

Piraeus: Congestion expected due to high transhipment volume.

Durban: Terminal capacity has been well managed so far by the terminals new service provider. While there are high volumes handled, the terminal has been able to ensure that there is enough space for incoming vessels and that there are no delays. Space had been affected by high number of roll trailers, high & heavy cargo and static cargo. However good planning with the transporters have resulted in cargo being evacuated timeously, this slightly affected operations on some vessels as transporters uplift cargo whilst the vessels are working.

At our processing centers

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

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

Equipment processing
Zeebrugge: Our equipment processing center 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 center 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.