Severe congestion! 500,000 TEUs waiting to dock!

2024-05-31 15:16

Currently, a large number of ships are queuing outside the port to berth, and the backlog of containers exceeds a staggering 450,000 TEUs. Global port congestion is becoming more and more obvious, with serious congestion at ports such as Singapore, Durban, Dammam, Chittagong, Colombo, and Jebel Ali. Severe weather, geological hazards, political factors, ship breakdowns, labor shortages, inadequate infrastructure, and strained global supply chains, etc. These factors are intertwined and together contribute to the current state of global port congestion. The peak season effect has come early, and congestion is expected to intensify further during the peak season. In response to congestion, some shipping companies have chosen: skipping the port, stopping docking, and forcing freight rates to rise.

Port of Singapore

According to Linerlytica's latest report, container congestion has reached an unprecedented level of criticality. At present, the port of Singapore is piled up like a hill, the congestion is extremely serious, a large number of ships are waiting to berth outside the port, and the backlog of containers exceeds a staggering 450,000 TEUs! It is estimated that the waiting time for these ships can be as long as seven days. Such severe congestion has forced some shipping companies to cancel their planned calls at the port of Singapore, which has undoubtedly increased the pressure on ships to reach the port directly and exacerbated supply chain tensions. The conflict in the Red Sea region has had a profound impact on the global shipping industry, leading to a major change in ship navigation plans, which in turn has affected the port of Singapore.

Port of Durban

The congestion at the Port of Durban is rooted in extreme weather and a failure of the port operator's Transnet equipment, which has left more than 90 vessels waiting outside the port. Congestion is also expected to continue for several more months, with economic pressures continuing to mount as shipping giants impose congestion surcharges on South African importers due to difficult equipment maintenance and a lack of available equipment.

Jebel Ali Port

Affected by the tension in the Red Sea region, ships on major routes such as Asia and Europe have to make a detour of the Cape of Good Hope, and the pressure on transportation has increased sharply. Delays can range from three to four days, and waiting times for ships from arrival to berth can be as long as seven days, increasing port congestion. Due to the rapid increase in the number of vessels, the yard density of each terminal is at a high level, which seriously affects the operational efficiency and the delay of transshipment between terminals is also becoming more serious. As one of the largest and busiest ports in the Middle East, its transshipment volumes are rising, and congestion is compounded by the Red Sea crisis and global supply chain tensions.

The peak season is approaching, and port congestion, slow delivery, and warehouse explosion are inevitable. Sellers who intend to ship in the near future still need to pay attention to the dynamics of ships and ports, and plan supply chain logistics in advance to allow enough delivery time. Hongde International provides one-stop customized transportation solutions, welcome to consult at any time!

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