Europe, Middle East and Africa
February 13, 2024
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 (ATU213 - ETA ANR 11/02) 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 too much space on the terminal with very low to no 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: The port currently is handing more import volumes and operations remain stable. A 6-day strike took place in end of January that did not disrupt the port's operations. A peace obligation was agreed until March 3rd, though if an agreement is not reached by then the union may turn back to strike action. In addition, vessel bunching is forecasted for March, and we are already evaluating how to ensure a smooth flow of vessels in and out of the port.
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
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.
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.