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Demand From Shippers for Further Detail On 'Post-Suez Blockage' Service Disruptions

10th April 2021
Ever Given freed: European Shippers’ Council says cargo owners need carriers to provide better information and greater consideration to their customers to help minimise supply chain delays, as Maersk reopens for short-term bookings after being ‘successful with a number of mitigation efforts’ Ever Given freed: European Shippers’ Council says cargo owners need carriers to provide better information and greater consideration to their customers to help minimise supply chain delays, as Maersk reopens for short-term bookings after being ‘successful with a number of mitigation efforts’ Credit: LloydsLoadingList-twitter

Operators of shipping companies are failing to provide Europe’s shippers with enough information about service disruptions and port rotations following the Suez Canal closure, according to Jordi Espin, strategic relations manager at the European Shippers’ Council.

Europe’s container terminals have been operating at subdued levels this week due to the Suez closure. However, vessels delayed in Suez queues or re-routed around the Cape of Good Hope are expected to arrive en masse over the next week. Congestion, equipment shortages, blank sailings and void port calls are expected to disrupt services for a number of weeks.

Espin told Lloyd’s Loading List (more here) that the information provided by carriers was not detailed enough to allow logistics managers to plan around the disruption. 

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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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