Congestion at the Mexican Port of Veracruz has now become so bad that some consignments are being diverted to other domestic ports, claims Leobardo Saldívar, president of the National Chamber of Cargo Carriers (Canacar).
He said that the port lacks available capacity, particularly in respect of containers, with shipments therefore flowing through other ports and generating extra work for the road haulage community.
The Port of Altamira has been a particular beneficiary, where traffic has increased by 25% and is expected to continue growing given buoyant demand.
According to Mr Saldívar, Altamira is benefiting from a traffic boom that is expected to continue into the second half of the year.
He added that the situation at Veracruz is so bad that neither terminals nor customs officials have any spare capacity left to accommodate further vessel calls and that Altamira remains the main alternative. Source: Port Strategy
Greenock Welcomes Its Largest Ever Container Vessel
Scotland’s deepest container terminal last week welcomed the largest container vessel ever to berth at the port.
Greenock Ocean Terminal hosted the 267m MSC POHORJE, which has a capacity of 4,045 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units), for 28 hours. The stopover saw the Clydeport team load 500 TEUs of Scottish spirits destined for Le Havre, France. Andrew Hemphill, Port Director, Peel Ports Clydeport said: “This is a fine example of how our connections with Liverpool are adding real value to our customers who are experiencing an increase in export demand.
“The new deep-water Liverpool2 container terminal is opening up a lot of exciting options for importers and exporters. As part of the Peel Ports Group we’re ideally placed to offer those benefits to businesses in Scotland.
Goods estimated at several billions of naira are trapped in hundreds of containers at Apapa seaport, as trucks can no longer access or exit the various terminals inside the ports due to the current logjam in Apapa.
This has resulted in the return of vessel queues last seen 11 years ago, with sources at the ports claiming no fewer than 20 ships are waiting at sea to berth, even as already berthed vessels are unable to discharge their cargoes and leave. Port operators say if this persist, ships will soon start charging a premium to bring goods into the country, which would translate into higher cost of goods on the streets.
Manufacturers are already complaining that the Apapa gridlock is delaying arrival of raw materials to factories across the country, warning that if nothing is done, it could further delay production timelines, hitting hard on margins and causing heavy losses in terms of time, cost and jobs.
“Anything that affects the ports, affects our members,” Frank Udemba Jacobs, president of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), told BusinessDay.
Ede Dafinone, chairman of MAN Export Group, said: “I am sure many members are affected. This is getting painful.”
Another source said the situation was the worst seen in about 11 years and portends grave danger for the Nigerian economy. www.hellenicshipp...