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Freight Forwarder Confident of ‘Relatively’ Quick Bounce Back for Box-Boat Shipping

12th May 2020
AFLOAT's photo of the deep-sea ('box-boat') containership Mette Maersk berthed in the UK at the Port of Felixstowe. The North Sea port is Britain’s biggest and busiest container port, and one of the largest in Europe connecting the globe. The UK port Afloat also adds is served by additional short-sea container 'feeder' routes to include those linking Belfast, Dublin and Cork. AFLOAT's photo of the deep-sea ('box-boat') containership Mette Maersk berthed in the UK at the Port of Felixstowe. The North Sea port is Britain’s biggest and busiest container port, and one of the largest in Europe connecting the globe. The UK port Afloat also adds is served by additional short-sea container 'feeder' routes to include those linking Belfast, Dublin and Cork. Photo: Jehan Ashmore

Shipping container demand will bounce back relatively quickly as lockdowns are eased worldwide, believes leading digitally driven freight forwarder iContainers, bringing potential new challenges as well as opportunities.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that we will see a relatively quick recovery when it all opens up again,” Klaus Lysdal, vice president of operations at Barcelona-headquartered iContainers, told Lloyd’s Loading List.

“There’s certainly a hunger for product and to get things back moving. I don’t expect a big boom [as lockdowns are eased], but I think we’ll see a fairly quick build up when countries start to open up again and find ways to function while still having social distancing.

“2020 won’t be a ‘record numbers year’ for anyone, but we’ll have a decent bounce back for shipping as countries open.”

Lloyd's has more on this story here. 

Published in Ports & Shipping
Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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