Europe, Middle East and Africa
May 24, 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
Southampton: Terminal volumes have increased over the past couple of weeks. The cruise season will soon be starting again and plans have been put in place to prevent labor shortages and as a result, we are seeing a significant reduction in "no shows." Due to repair work on rail lines outside the port, we will be expecting extra trains to arrive for the next 8 weeks.
Zeebrugge: terminal operations continue as normal with no significant disruptions.
Antwerp: If individual storage volumes that receivers have with their Terminal are above their agreed limits, there is a risk that their cargo will be refused for discharge and thus may need diverted. This is still owing to continued congestion challenges. Labor availability is at normal level, although this will be under stress in Easter period.
Bremerhaven: The port currently is facing a shortage of storage capacity, which is keeping occupancy levels high. This is compounded by trucks not being able to clear cargo off the port. May bank holidays will also impact productivity. The maintenance of Kaiser Harbor lock remain unchanged and is still planned for mid-April until mid-June and North port lock for 2 weeks in June and July.
Livorno: Terminal congestion to be expected due to high import volumes.
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 import export volume.
Piraeus: Congestion expected due to high transhipment volume.
Durban: The congestion in the RoRo terminal has improved recently due to a strong push from OEMs to clear cargo from the terminal in a timely manner combined with large export volumes being loaded. While capacity remains a challenge, the terminal continues to work to improve the situation.
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.