August 16, 2022


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The congestion at ports keeps increasing at the end of 2021

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marine-news-Port Congestion at the end of 2021

Christmas day is coming leads to the global demands on holiday commodities keep increasing. The congestion at ports still hanging in there resulted in the supply-chain bottlenecks among the ports in the world. With the accumulation of containers in the harbor from Singapore to Piraeus, Greece, some of the world’s largest shipping centers are facing increasing congestion.

The vessels arrive at ports and stay at anchor longer than normal 22% to wait for their berthing schedule. According to the satellite data, the congestion at ports persists which is the latest issue to the global supply chain.

Asia’s Ports Situtation

Last week, the infected cases raising in Singapore abnormally which seriously affected the logistic, port operation system. A large number of container ships waiting to take their berthing in Singapore since October 29. The situation of container ships waiting near Singapore began on Friday and continued over the weekend.

marine-news-Anchoring vessel Singapore Port

The big typhoon “Compasses” headed straight to Hainan which caused congestion at Hong Kong and Shenzhen ports. As of the 1st, the port congestion rate was still 10.4% higher than the normal level.

Several other ports in Southeast Asia also experienced port congestion on Monday. The congestion rate of Port Klang in Malaysia was 14.5% higher than normal, and the congestion rate of Tanjung Pelepas was 29.9% higher than usual. Jakarta’s container hub, Tanjung Priok, was 6.7% above normal, and Manila also grew by 6.5%.

Pacific Ocean’s Ports Situation

On the other side of the Pacific Ocean, at least 79 ships were waiting near the coast of Southern California at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach early Monday.

As the two busiest ports in the United States, the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach have announced that starting from November 1st, they will take surcharges of US$100 on shipping companies for the two types of imported containers staying at shipping terminals.

  • Surcharge for containers that need to be transported by truck to stay at the port for 9 days or more.
  • Surcharge for containers that need to be transported by rail to stay at the port for 3 days or more.

Each container will be charged an increase of US$100 per day.

The fourth-largest port in the United States, Savannah, Georgia, suffered the most serious port congestion this year on the 27th of last month. A total of 28 ships lined up outside the port.

Europe’s Ports Situation

In Europe, there were 18 ships waiting in the port of Piraeus in Greece on Monday, reaching the highest point from April to October this year, and the waiting ships stretched to the Aegean Sea. Just last week, COSCO Shipping Group increased its stake in Piraeus Port to 67%.


Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said: “We must speed up the passage of containerized cargo through the port to reduce the number of ships at anchor. Today, about 40% of the containers in the port fall within the scope of possible additional surcharges.”

Soren Skou, CEO of Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping group, said recently that as retailers and manufacturers are struggling to cope with explosive demand, the congestion situation outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in New York is getting worse. “The operation of the ports is not as expected. It’s difficult to see exactly when the situation will improve. Our customers are dealing with extremely high consumer demand, but their inventory is very low.”

Soren Skou pointed out that the number of ships waiting outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has increased from 60 a month ago to about 80 now.

Source internationalShippingNetwork