2021 proved a challenging year for global supply chains, seeing significant disruption and bottlenecks around the world. We saw pockets of improvements, only to get setbacks when terminals or vessels encountered a COVID-19 outbreak. Unfortunately, 2022 has not started off as we had hoped. The pandemic is still going strong and unfortunately, we are seeing new outbreaks impacting our ability to move your cargo. General sickness remains high as key ports in key regions are seeing new COVID-19 peaks.

We recognize that this is causing delays to our customers’ supply-chains and mitigating those disruptions is of the utmost importance to us. The situation is particularly challenging at several Hub Ports and Gateway terminals.

In Northern Europe, our most current numbers indicate the following:

Port Yard Density Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
Port
Bremerhaven NTB
Yard Density
131%**
Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
None
Port
Bremerhaven MSC Gate
Yard Density
72%*
Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
2- 3 days
Port
Hamburg Eurogate
Yard Density
103%**
Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
2 – 3 days
Port
Rotterdam Delta 2
Yard Density
71%*
Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
1-2 days
Port
Rotterdam MVII
Yard Density
114%**
Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
1-2 days
Port
Antwerp MPET + PSA
Yard Density
85%**
Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
2 – 4 days
Port
Felixstowe
Yard Density
96%*
Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
7 – 10 days
Port
Gdansk
Yard Density
65%*
Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
None

Numbers are dynamic and subject to change. ** indicates critical and * indicates challenging.

While the numbers are far from optimal, we are pleased to see areas of developments. The Port of Antwerp had up to ten days wait last week and this week the numbers could be down to two days. Ongoing contingency plans will always be made with the objective of minimising supply chain delays and we ask that you bear with us while we manage the overall situation as best as we can.

In North America, our most current numbers indicate the following:

Port Yard Density Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
Port
Long Beach
Yard Density
83%**
Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
38-45 days
Port
Los Angeles
Yard Density
86%**
Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
0-28 days
Port
Oakland
Yard Density
75%*
Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
6 days
Port
Seattle
Yard Density
100%**
Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
10 days
Port
Vancouver
Yard Density
101%**
Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
14 days
Port
Prince Rupert
Yard Density
113%**
Waiting Time Days (For Vessel Berthing)
10 days

Numbers are dynamic and subject to change. ** indicates critical and * indicates challenging.

In China, the city of Beilun is also experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. Of the five container terminals in Ningbo, three terminals are located near the epidemic area but is so far operating with no positive cases reported. Vessel calls and departures are so far running as normal, as well as loading and discharge activities. After some days with revised operations, container gate-in and gate-out activities are now also back to normal with a combined yard density of around 75%. However, trucking services in Jinhua Yongkang, the mid-high-risk area of Beilun and the area outside the Zhejiang province are suspended under the strict regulation by the epidemic prevention policy. Maersk Intercontinental rail, Maersk Sea-rail and Barge service are available as alternative solutions in the short term to recover the landside transportation capacity.

As a key passage for world trade, we are monitoring the Ningbo situation very closely. Please note that you can use our interactive map functionality to track any Maersk vessel in real time and gain access to AI-powered predictive analysis and estimated times of arrival (ETA) via our Hub. Click here to login to the Hub.

As the situation evolves every day, we are working closely with all respective port authorities and coordinating with all involved parts in the local supply chain to help alleviate the situation. That could include slowing down the sea transit for minimal queuing, opening substitute container depots or moving more cargo via alternative modes. Your local customer experience agents will know what measures we apply where. Also, getting early advice on urgent and priority shipments will assist us in providing you with the best possible service and outcome.

We regret the impact this has on your global supply chains and we do foresee the strain to continue for some time still. For continued notice, please visit Maersk website for all the latest updates affecting our network.

Our teams are here to serve you, so please do not hesitate to contact us as we manoeuvre this situation as best as we can - together.

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