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Freight & Logistics Update – 10th July 2024

Good Day Clients & Partners,

Please find below the Freight & Logistics Update for the week.  As always, the Inter-Sped team are ready to go the extra mile for you – so don’t hesitate to contact us.

SOUTH AFRICA    

Kindly note that extreme weather conditions including strong winds, high waves and heavy rain are forecasted along the South African Coastline over the next few days especially between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. This will impact vessel movement and operations. Carrier scheduling remains erratic with blank sailings, port omissions, rollover and changes to voyages being announced at short notice.

DURBAN

The port has experienced windy weather during the week. Appointment slots are constrained due to high volume of containers moving through Durban Terminals. All IDMs continue to move as scheduled.

  • Pier 1 : 11-13 days delay
  • Pier 2 : 12-15 days delay
  • Durban Point : 3 days delay

 

CAPE TOWN

The port has experienced windy weather during the week. IDMs are moving as scheduled.

  • CTCT : 1-3 days delay
  • MPT : 0-2 days delay

 

PORT ELIZABETH

The port has experienced strong winds during the week. IDMs are moving as scheduled.

  • PECT : 1-2 days delay
  • NCT : 0-2 days delay

 

AFRICA & INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS    

ANGOLA

  • Berthing delays of 4 days experienced at Luanda port.

 

GHANA

  • Berthing delays of 4 days experienced at Tema port.

 

IVORY COAST

  • Berthing delay of 1 day experienced at Abidjan port.

 

KENYA

  • Berthing delays of 3 days experienced at Mombasa port.

 

MAURITIUS

  • Berthing delay of 1 day experienced at Port Louis.

 

MOZAMBIQUE

  • Berthing delays of 7 days experienced at Maputo port.

 

NAMIBIA

  • Berthing delays of 8 days experienced at Walvis Bay port.

 

NIGERIA

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at Apapa port.

 

TANZANIA

  • Berthing delays of 9 days experienced at Dar es Salaam port. This is due to congestion being experienced.

 

NORTH AMERICA    

Shipco Transport have issued an advisory alerting customers to the upcoming hurricane season. Kindly refer to the content of the advisory below:

“Dear Valued Customers,
As we approach the 2024 hurricane season, Shipco Transport would like to proactively inform you of potential disruptions caused by hurricanes. These disruptions may include:

  • Port Closures: For safety reasons, hurricanes can force ports to close, leading to delays in cargo loading & unloading.
  • Blank Sailings: To avoid potential damage to vessels and crews during storms, shipping lines may implement blank sailings, meaning scheduled voyages are cancelled.
  • Disruptions to Inland Transportation: Hurricanes can also damage inland infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, further impacting delivery timelines.

We are committed to keeping you informed of any potential disruptions caused by hurricanes. We will closely monitor the situation during the season and provide updates as needed.”

 

CANADA

Montreal

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at this port.

Toronto

  • Berthing delays of 4 days experienced at this port.

Vancouver

  • Berthing delays of 3 days experienced at this port.

 

USA

Terminals Updates:

  • New York/New Jersey – Vessel waiting time is up to 3 days. Truck line port congestion continues due to 4th July holiday.
  • Norfolk – Vessel waiting time is up to 3 days. Ships are expected to wait between 3-5 days for berthing following the July 4, 2024, holiday.
  • Charleston – Vessel waiting time is up to 5 days. Omissions from all carriers slightly reducing the extent of the delays, however still up to 3 days delay this week with a decrease to 1–2 days delay next week. SC Ports expects to work ships on arrival by mid-July. As the toe wall construction resumes going into August, a 48-hour average wait is anticipated.
  • Savannah – Vessel waiting time is up to 3 days.
  • Miami/Port Everglades – Vessel waiting time is up to 3 days.
  • Houston – Vessel waiting time is up to 4 days.
  • Los Angeles/Long Beach – Vessel waiting time is up to 2 days.
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time is up to 1 day. All terminals closed on July 4 and 5, 2024.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time is up to 2 days.

 

LATIN AMERICA    

BRAZIL

  • Berthing delays of 5 days experienced at Santos port.

 

NORTH WEST CONTINENT, UNITED KINGDOM, MEDITERRANEAN    

Vessel schedule delays continue to impact the region. Amended port rotations and port omissions on the carrier services, as well as vessel changes, cascading / rolled schedules and blank sailings may result in amended LCL cargo loading schedules.

BELGIUM

  • Berthing delays of 3 days experienced at Antwerp port.

 

FRANCE

  • Berthing delays of 4 days experienced at Le Havre port. All strikes have been cancelled until September.

 

GERMANY

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at Hamburg and Bremerhaven ports.

 

ITALY

  • Berthing delays of 6 days experienced at Genova port and 5 days at La Spezia port.

 

NETHERLANDS

  • Berthing delays of 4 days experienced at Rotterdam port.

 

SPAIN

  • Berthing delays of 8 days experienced at Barcelona port.

 

SWEDEN

  • No berthing delays experienced at Gothenburg port.

 

TURKEY

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at Istanbul port.

 

UNITED KINGDOM

  • Berthing delays of 3 days experienced at London Gateway port.

 

INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT & MIDDLE EAST    

Capacity constraints experienced on services out of the Indian Sub-Continent. This may lead to different transit times being achieved compared to what has been published.

INDIA

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at Nhava Sheva and Chennai ports.

 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at Jebel Ali port.

 

SRI LANKA

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at Colombo port. Carriers transhipping containers in Colombo are experienced delays in transshipment of 2-3 weeks.

 

ASIA PACIFIC (Including Oceania)    

Severe capacity constraints continue to be experienced out of Asia. This along with erratic scheduling, high numbers of vessel roll overs and blank sailings is resulting in delays for shipping out of Asia ports. This may lead to different transit times and schedules being achieved versus what has been published.

HONG KONG

  • Berthing delays of 3 days experienced at this port.

 

KOREA

  • Berthing delay of 1 day experienced at Busan port.

 

MALAYSIA

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at Port Kelang.

 

NANSHA

  • No berthing delays experienced at this port.

 

QINGDAO

  • Berthing delays of 4 days experienced at this port.

 

SHANGHAI

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at this port.

 

NINGBO

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at this port.

 

SHEKOU / YANTIAN

  • Berthing delay of 1 day experienced at Shekou and Yantian ports.

 

XIAMEN

  • Berthing delay of 1 day experienced at this port.

 

XINGANG

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at this port

 

SINGAPORE

  • Berthing delays of 2 days being experienced at this port. Delays experienced due to bunching of vessels and congestion experienced at the port. FCL containers transshipping in Singapore have expected delays of 3-4 weeks.

 

TAIWAN

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at Kaohsiung port.

 

THAILAND

  • Berthing delay of 1 day experienced at Bangkok port.

 

VIETNAM

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at Hai Phong port and 1 day at Ho Chi Minh port.

 

INDUSTRY NEWS  

All eyes on minister overseeing Transnet in Ramaphosa’s office

04/07/2024

The recent dissolution of the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and the transfer of Transnet oversight to the Presidency under Maropene Ramokgopa could positively impact the struggling logistics utility. Dr. Ongama Mtimka, a political analyst, believes this shift might reduce conflicts regarding the roles of the board and minister, which were often blurred under the DPE. He notes that the DPE’s broad scope and interventionist approach, initially meant to prevent state capture, often interfered with the independence of state-owned entities (SOEs). With Transnet now under presidential scrutiny, there’s hope that clearer boundaries will be established, allowing Ramokgopa and others, like Michelle Phillips at Transnet, to work effectively without undue interference.

Mtimka is cautiously optimistic about Ramokgopa’s potential, given her loyalty to President Cyril Ramaphosa and her capabilities. He hopes that the new oversight will enable the continuation of effective port and rail freight strategies, benefiting the country’s supply chain industry. However, he remains wary of political connections and interference, emphasizing the need for genuine commitment to the country’s best interests. The recent successful negotiation of a Government of National Unity, excluding corrupt elements, offers some reassurance, but the real test will be Ramokgopa’s ability to act independently and effectively. Source

 

Shipper fears resurface as Canadian rail workers renew vote for strike

01/07/2024

Canadian rail workers from the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) have overwhelmingly voted to reauthorize strike action, with 98.6% in favor. This strike could disrupt supply chains, as the union, representing 10,000 workers at CN and CPKC, plans to walk out at the earliest opportunity. The strike vote, valid for 60 days, was necessary after a government request to the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) paused previous strike actions and the initial strike ballot expired. The CIRB is determining if rail services are essential, which would affect the legality of the strike. Both rail operators and the union argue that the services should not be deemed essential, but the decision timeline is uncertain.

Negotiations between the union and rail companies have stalled, with major disagreements over crew scheduling, hours of work, and fatigue management. The union argues that demands for increased availability from train crews amid labor shortages are compromising safety and worker well-being. Mirko Woitzik from Everstream Analytics warns of widespread disruptions to rail and ocean shipping, which could lead to production stoppages and increased port congestion at major Canadian ports like Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Montreal, and Halifax. Shippers are preparing for potential supply chain disruptions starting mid-July if the strike proceeds. Source

 

South Carolina Ports Works to Reduce Vessel Delays

01/07/2024

South Carolina Ports (SC Ports) is taking steps to address ship delays by implementing operational solutions and temporarily pausing toe wall construction to reduce congestion for ocean carriers and cargo owners. A recent two-day software issue and ongoing berth impacts at Wando Welch Terminal have caused a ship backlog. The toe wall construction, which began in March to maintain a 54-foot berth depth, has also contributed to delays. However, operational measures have already reduced wait times and the number of ships waiting, currently leaving three ships at anchor. SC Ports plans to pause toe wall construction from July 3 to July 14, reopening all three berths at Wando Welch Terminal to expedite ship processing and clear the backlog.

By mid-July, SC Ports expects to handle ships upon arrival, with toe wall construction resuming in August and an anticipated 48-hour average wait time. By late fall, SC Ports aims to work on three ships simultaneously at Wando Welch Terminal, ahead of the project’s completion in March 2025. The reopening of Leatherman Terminal will also provide an additional berth at the Port of Charleston. SC Ports’ President and CEO Barbara Melvin emphasized the collaborative efforts with maritime partners to ensure fluidity for customers. Chief Commercial Officer Byron Miller highlighted the positive effects of operational measures like flexible start times and virtual queue times, which have improved ship processing and service restoration. Source

 

Increase in draught and daily transits for Panama Canal

01/07/2024

Celebrating the eighth anniversary of its expansion, the Panama Canal has announced an increase in its maximum draught and daily transits. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) raised the maximum authorised draught from 46 to 47 feet and will further increase it to 48 feet on July 11. Additionally, starting August 5, a new booking slot for the Neopanamax locks will increase daily transits to 35 ships, nearing the canal’s design capacity of 36-38 transits per day and a 50-foot maximum draught. These improvements are possible due to the current and projected water levels of Gatun Lake and the rainy season. The canal handles 13,000 to 14,000 vessels annually, connecting 170 countries and 1,920 ports worldwide. Source

 

South-east Asia transhipment call omissions a blow to India’s exporters

04/07/2024

Indian shippers are facing significant delays and port call omissions due to ongoing schedule disruptions linked to Red Sea trade routes. The issues, primarily affecting connections to Asia and the Middle East, have led to congestion at key hub ports. For instance, CMA CGM’s Middle East-India-East Africa (MIDAS 2) loop will skip Mundra in an upcoming voyage, with the CMA CGM San Antonio only calling at Nhava Sheva on July 7. This weekly service usually rotates through Jebel Ali, Mundra, Nhava Sheva, and Durban. Additionally, CMA CGM has announced other port omissions for various routes, including Singapore, Port Klang, Colombo, and Hamburg, causing further disruptions for Indian shippers and forwarders.

The ongoing schedule disruptions have created serious space problems on vessels through July, exacerbating the impact on supply chains. Congestion and deteriorating schedule reliability due to the Red Sea crisis have led to longer transit times. Despite efforts by carriers to alleviate these issues, challenges persist. Some carriers have started skipping ports like Singapore and instead transshipping containers at other hubs such as Port Klang. Shippers are advised to plan their shipments according to current market conditions, as peak-season orders are being placed earlier. Concerns have also been raised about shipping lines relaying third-country cargo via Indian ports, potentially squeezing space allocations for local exports. This has led to a sharp increase in transshipment volumes at Nhava Sheva and Mundra ports in recent months. Source

 

With almost all box ships arriving late, Singapore acts to reduce time in port

04/07/2024

Singapore’s transport minister, Chee Hong Tat, announced that the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and port operator PSA are collaborating with liner operators to improve vessel arrival times and operations. Nearly all containerships bound for Singapore are arriving late due to the Red Sea crisis, with 90% of boxships this year not berthing on time. Efforts to optimize arrival times include implementing a just-in-time system for delayed ships to refuel and replenish supplies while waiting to berth. Although containerships are staying longer to load and discharge cargo, causing increased wait times, the anchorages are not crowded. To handle the influx, the first of three new berths at Singapore’s Tuas estate megaport began operations, with two more opening later this year. Singapore, the world’s busiest container transhipment port and largest bunkering port, sold a record 51.8 million tonnes of marine fuels in 2023. Source

 

Liner schedule reliability improving, but late ships are arriving even later

01/07/2024

Despite ongoing port congestion, equipment shortages, and Red Sea diversions, May saw an improvement in global shipping schedule reliability, according to Sea-Intelligence. Industry-wide reliability increased by 3.8 percentage points from April to reach 55.8%, the highest this year. However, this is still 11 percentage points lower than May last year. The average delay for late arrivals worsened, increasing by 0.34 days to 5.1 days. CMA CGM was the most reliable major carrier at 57.1%, while Singapore’s PIL was the least reliable at 44.5%. Although 10 carriers improved month-on-month, none saw a year-on-year increase in reliability due to persistent disruptions and Houthi attacks. Source

 

Managing freight spend the main concern as Red Sea crisis drags on

03/07/2024

Managing freight costs is the top concern for shippers and forwarders as supply chain volatility continues to drive ocean rate hikes. According to Xeneta’s mid-year update, the CEO, Patrik Berglund, noted that while carriers expected financial losses in 2024, the skyrocketing spot market has turned their outlook to a profitable year. Spot rates on major trades from the Far East initially spiked, softened, and then escalated again in May, exceeding expectations. Average spot rates on major routes from Asia are now over 300% higher than in December. Xeneta’s poll revealed that 46% of shippers and forwarders cite managing freight spend as their primary challenge this year. Rising spot rates have also impacted contract rates, with 74% of Xeneta customers experiencing premium surcharges since the Red Sea crisis began.

Maersk CEO Vincent Clerc explained that higher freight rates are due to increased charter costs as cargo journeys lengthen and capacity is squeezed. These costs, he noted, will persist beyond the Red Sea crisis. Clerc assured that high rates are temporary and will eventually normalize as new tonnage is phased in or normal sailing routes resume. However, Vespucci Maritime CEO Lars Jensen pointed out that it has been over 200 days since container lines started diverting vessels around Africa, suggesting that this situation might not be resolved in the near future. The Loadstar’s managing editor, Gavin van Marle, also predicted further rate hikes as carriers aim to capitalize on current market conditions. Source

 

Box ship buys push MSC to record 20% market share of liner trade capacity

03/07/2024

MSC now holds a 20% share of the global container shipping market in terms of capacity, a record in the liner industry, according to new Alphaliner data. MSC’s fleet has grown faster than any other carrier due to a massive new building program, numerous second-hand acquisitions, and chartering. With a fleet capacity surpassing 5 million TEUs last year, MSC is just one big ship delivery away from the 6 million TEU milestone. As of May 30, THE Alliance carriers held 11.6% of the global market share, the future Gemini Cooperation (Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd) 22%, and Ocean Alliance members nearly 29%. MSC’s market share now exceeds some major ocean alliances, allowing it to operate a global network independently of the soon-to-end 2M alliance with Maersk.

Xeneta noted in its half-year report that the 2M Alliance disbandment is already underway, with MSC and Maersk running their own services under the 2M banner. Alphaliner highlighted that it was the former Maersk vessel, the MSC Nicole X, that helped MSC reach its 20% market share. The changes in alliances during existing long-term liner contracts will be challenging, especially in the volatile market of 2024. Xeneta advised shippers to seek information and assurance from carriers, be prepared to build new relationships if switching carriers, and consider the differing strategies and unique selling points of the carriers. The Gemini Cooperation will see Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk operate 290 vessels with a combined capacity of 3.4 million TEUs. Meanwhile, Ocean Alliance members will extend their cooperation until at least 2032, deploying 4.5 million TEUs on the main east-west routes. Source

 

Spot rate surge to continue past Golden Week, with surcharges causing more pain

05/07/2024

Since the implementation of peak season surcharges (PSS) and new FAK (freight all kinds) levels on July 1, spot freight rates for major east-west container trades have seen significant increases. The Asia-North America trades posted the largest gains this week, with Drewry’s World Container Index for the Shanghai-Los Angeles leg growing 12% to $7,472 per 40ft and Xeneta’s XSI recording $7,648 per 40ft for the Asia-US west coast leg. The Shanghai-New York leg saw a 17% increase, ending the week at $9,158 per 40ft on the WCI, while the Shanghai-Rotterdam leg rose 10% to $8,056 per 40ft.

The rising spot rates are causing forwarders and shippers to pay well above the quoted indexed rates to secure space in a strong demand environment, impacting major box shippers with significant contracted volumes. Freight forwarders in Europe report that importers and big BCOs are now facing space guarantee surcharges and higher rates to get their cargo loaded. Spot rates on Asia-North Europe have already breached $10,000 for many customers, and elevated pricing is expected to continue until at least China’s Golden Week holiday on October 1. Some believe rates could increase by another 50%, reaching a ceiling of $15,000, with vessel space remaining tight and bookings being made weeks in advance. Source

 

SOURCES & REFERENCES     

SACO CFR | Hapag Lloyd | Maersk | MSC | Transnet | The LoadStar Publications | gCaptain.com | Shipco Transport | Splash247.com | Freightnews | Hellenic Shipping News | Seatrade Maritime News | JAS Newsflash

We continue to monitor the freight world developments closely, and will be in contact with you directly for updates relevant to you on an individual shipment level.

 

Best Regards,

Jennifer & The Inter-Sped Team

Freight & Logistics Update – 5 July 2024

Good Day Clients & Partners,

It’s the final update before the weekend – please find below the latest Freight & Logistics Update.  As always, the Inter-Sped team are ready to go the extra mile for you – so don’t hesitate to contact us.

SOUTH AFRICA    

Berthing delays experienced at Durban port has increased in comparison to week 25. Carrier scheduling remains erratic with blank sailings, port omissions, rollover and changes to voyages being announced at short notice.

DURBAN

The port has experienced low wind speeds during the week.

  • Pier 1 : 10-12 days delay
  • Pier 2 : 10-14 days delay
  • Durban Point : 3 days delay

 

CAPE TOWN

The port has experienced windy weather during the week.

  • CTCT : 0-2 days delay
  • MPT : 0-2 days delay

 

PORT ELIZABETH

The port has experienced low wind speeds during the week.

  • PECT : 1-2 days delay
  • NCT : 0-2 days delay

 

AFRICA & INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS    

ANGOLA

  • Berthing delay of 1 day experienced at Luanda port.

 

GHANA

  • Berthing delays of 3 days experienced at Tema port.

 

IVORY COAST

  • Berthing delay of 1 day experienced at Abidjan port.

 

KENYA

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at Mombasa port.

 

MAURITIUS

  • Berthing delays of 5 days experienced at Port Louis.

 

MOZAMBIQUE

  • Berthing delays of 5 days experienced at Maputo port.

 

NAMIBIA

  • Berthing delays of 8 days experienced at Walvis Bay port.

 

NIGERIA

  • Berthing delays of 4 days experienced at Apapa port.

 

TANZANIA

  • Increased berthing delays of 15 days experienced at Dar es Salaam port. This is due to congestion being experienced.

 

NORTH AMERICA    

CANADA

Montreal

  • Berthing delays of 5 days experienced at this port.

Toronto

  • Berthing delays of 5 days experienced at this port.

Vancouver

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at this port.

 

USA

Terminals Updates:

  • New York/New Jersey – Vessel waiting time is up to 2 days.
  • Norfolk – Vessel waiting time is up to 1 day.
  • Charleston – Vessel waiting time is up to 8 days. Omissions from all Carriers slightly reducing the extent of the delays, however still up to 8 days delay this week with a slight decrease to 4-6 days delay next week.
  • Savannah – Vessel waiting time is up to 3 days.
  • Miami/Port Everglades – Vessel waiting time is up to 1 day.
  • Houston – Vessel waiting time is up to 3 days. Houston Ship Channel had intermittent closures from June 18 to June20, 2024 due to high winds and rain from Tropical Storm Alberto.
  • Los Angeles/Long Beach – Vessel waiting time is up to 1 day.
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time is up to 1 day. Washington United Terminal 1s limiting their operations to a maximum of 3 gangs on vessels and 1 berth operation until further notice due to lack of rail cars to evacuate Imports. They are also delaying startup operations on vessels for same reason. Terminal 18 will be closed on June 28, 2024.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time is up to 2 days.
  • Please refer to the following update received from our partner Shipco Transport in the USA in regard to the Port of New York / New Jersey.

 

“The situation at the Port of New York/New Jersey has seen trucking operational challenges, and we’d like to share the latest information. The past six weeks or so have seen strained conditions at the port, including the following challenges: – Daily empty container diversions and restrictions, with over one-third of empty returns redirected to different locations from their original pickup terminals, resulting in significant cost increases and reduced driver productivity.

– A rise in return container issues, with more containers being diverted to Bayonne and Staten Island terminals, further escalating costs and affecting driver efficiency, while adding extra unanticipated tolls.

– Frequent problems with the Terminal Appointment Systems, leading to long lines, driver delays, and decreased productivity.

– Drivers being forced to queue outside the terminal, sometimes extending for several miles. While we remain hopeful for improvement, there is currently little indication of imminent change. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed, ensuring our commitment to maintaining the highest level of service while evaluating necessary adjustments.”

 

LATIN AMERICA    

BRAZIL

  • Berthing delays of 8 days experienced at Santos port.

 

NORTH WEST CONTINENT, UNITED KINGDOM, MEDITERRANEAN    

Vessel schedule delays continue to impact the region. Amended port rotations and port omissions on the carrier services, as well as vessel changes, cascading / rolled schedules and blank sailings may result in amended LCL cargo loading schedules.

BELGIUM

  • Berthing delays of 3 days experienced at Antwerp port.

 

FRANCE

  • Berthing delays of 3 days experienced at Le Havre port. All strikes have been cancelled until September.

 

GERMANY

  • Berthing delays of 4 days experienced at Hamburg port and 2 days at Bremerhaven port.

 

ITALY

  • Berthing delays of 4 days experienced at Genova port and 8 days at La Spezia port.

 

NETHERLANDS

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at Rotterdam port. Labor at max capacity due to a full berth line-up – delays might occur.

 

SPAIN

  • Berthing delays of 7 days experienced at Barcelona port.

 

SWEDEN

  • Berthing delay of 1 day experienced at Gothenburg port.

 

TURKEY

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at Istanbul port.

 

UNITED KINGDOM

  • Berthing delays of 4 days experienced at London Gateway port.

 

INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT & MIDDLE EAST    

Capacity constraints experienced on services out of the Indian Sub-Continent. This may lead to different transit times being achieved compared to what has been published.

INDIA

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at Nhava Sheva and Chennai ports.

 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

  • Berthing delays of 5 days experienced at Jebel Ali port.

 

SRI LANKA

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at Colombo port. Carriers transhipping containers in Colombo are experienced delays in transshipment of 2-3 weeks.

 

APAC (Including Oceania)    

Severe capacity constraints continue to be experienced out of Asia. This along with erratic scheduling, high numbers of vessel roll overs and blank sailings is resulting in delays for shipping out of Asia ports. This may lead to different transit times and schedules being achieved versus what has been published.

HONG KONG

  • No berthing delays experienced at this port.

 

KOREA

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at Busan port.

 

MALAYSIA

  • Berthing delays of 3 days experienced at Port Kelang.

 

NANSHA

  • No berthing delays experienced at this port.

 

QINGDAO

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at this port.

 

SHANGHAI

  • Berthing delays of 2 days experienced at this port.

 

NINGBO

  • Berthing delay of 1 day experienced at this port.

 

SHEKOU / YANTIAN

  • Berthing delay of 1 day experienced at Shekou port and 2 days at Yantian port.

 

XIAMEN

  • No berthing delays experienced at this port.

 

XINGANG

  • Berthing delay of 1 day experienced at this port

 

SINGAPORE

  • Berthing delays of 2 days being experienced at this port. Delays experienced due to bunching of vessels and congestion experienced at the port. FCL containers transshipping in Singapore have expected delays of 3-4 weeks.

 

TAIWAN

  • Berthing delay of 1 day experienced at Kaohsiung port.

 

THAILAND

  • Berthing delay of 1 day experienced at Bangkok port.

 

VIETNAM

  • Berthing delay of 1 day experienced at Hai Phong and Ho Chi Minh ports.

 

INDUSTRY NEWS     

Transnet takes a hard line about concessionary involvement at DCT:

28/06/2024

The court case between Transnet and APM Terminals (APMT) regarding the 49% concession tender for Pier 2 at Durban Container Terminals (DCT) awarded to International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI) will be heard in October. This delay has caused frustration within South Africa’s logistics industry, fueling fears that private sector collaboration to alleviate port congestion will not proceed as planned. Ongoing national unity negotiations add to the uncertainty, with potential changes in industry-related portfolios like public enterprises and transport affecting business continuity. Transnet’s CEO, Michelle Phillips, stated that the company has no control over the objections raised by AP Moller-Maersk’s port operator and emphasized that the concession process would have been completed if left to Transnet.

Phillips highlighted the need for private sector involvement to improve Transnet’s business, despite APMT’s objections causing delays. She reiterated that Transnet will adhere to the court’s decision in October and stressed the importance of following the Container Terminal Operating Contract (CTOC) rules to avoid operational inefficiencies. Phillips noted that Transnet will maintain a 51% stake in Pier 2’s operations and warned against deliberate volume transgressions by private operators. She clarified that while Transnet is not refusing cargo, all parties must respect contractual arrangements to ensure smooth operations and avoid inefficiencies. Source

 

SA wants early extension of African Growth and Opportunity Act:

27/06/2024

With the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) set to expire in 15 months, South Africa is advocating for an early and substantial extension of the trade agreement with the United States. Since its inception in 2000, Agoa has allowed eligible African countries to access the US market duty-free. Malose Letsoalo, chief director for bilateral trade relations at the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, expressed optimism about the extension beyond its expiration in September 2025. South Africa hopes the US Congress will renew the pact by early 2024. President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted Agoa’s role in diversifying African economies, such as South Africa’s automotive industry, which benefits from duty-free exports to the US.

The renewal of Agoa could further diversify African economies and develop regional value chains across the continent. As the largest US trading partner in Africa, South Africa has been actively pushing for the extension. Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel voiced confidence in South Africa’s continued inclusion in Agoa at the recent Agoa Forum in Johannesburg. The 20th Agoa Forum, concluded on November 4, 2023, discussed strengthening the US-Africa trading partnership and emphasized the need for extending Agoa beyond 2025 to provide investment certainty. South Africa remains hopeful about the future of its trade relationship with the US and the potential for economic growth and job creation through Agoa. Source

 

FMC orders probe into provider practices as chassis trouble flares up again:

28/06/2024

The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has launched an investigation into the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA) following reports of non-compliance with a ruling on shippers’ and truckers’ rights to choose chassis providers. In February, an FMC administrative law judge ruled that OCEMA’s practice of requiring truckers to use specific intermodal chassis providers violated the US Shipping Act, issuing a cease-and-desist order. This decision concluded a legal dispute initiated in 2020 by the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference, which accused OCEMA of denying carriers and cargo owners the ability to select their chassis provider. The issue was exacerbated during the 2022 congestion, leading to missed appointments and increased detention and demurrage charges.

Despite the February ruling, complaints of non-compliance have prompted the FMC to task its Bureau of Enforcement, Investigations, and Compliance (BEIC) with examining OCEMA’s adherence to the order. If violations are found, the FMC may seek an injunction or civil penalties. Paul Brashier, VP of global supply chain at ITS Logistics, noted that chassis availability has improved due to an influx of new chassis and lower traffic volumes. However, he observed depleted chassis pools in areas like Chicago, Memphis, and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. With predictions of a strong peak season for US imports, Brashier expects pressure on major ports and inland points but remains confident due to proactive management strategies that allow six weeks of preparation. Source

 

Panama Canal Boosts Capacity on Eighth Anniversary of Expansion Project:

27/06/2024

The Panama Canal is celebrating the eighth anniversary of its expansion by increasing its draft and daily transits amid an ongoing water crisis. Starting today, the maximum authorized draft will be raised to 47 feet, with plans to increase it to 48 feet by July 11th. Additionally, a new booking slot for the Neopanamax locks will be available from August 5th, bringing the total daily transits to 35 ships. These enhancements move the canal closer to its design capacity of 36-38 transits per day and a 50-foot maximum draft. Due to a severe drought exacerbated by El Niño, the canal has been operating below capacity, but the onset of the rainy season has allowed gradual increases in daily transits and maximum drafts.

Despite these improvements, water scarcity remains a challenge. Panama Canal Administrator Ricaurte Vásquez Morales emphasized the need to balance the well-being of the population and the reliability of the canal’s services. The canal’s expansion, inaugurated on June 26, 2016, enabled the passage of larger ships, including 90% of the world’s liquefied natural gas vessels, boosting U.S. LNG exports to Asia. Since then, over 25,000 vessels have transited the Neopanamax locks, significantly impacting the global economy. However, addressing climate change effects requires immediate action to identify alternative water sources and increase storage capacity, ensuring the canal’s long-term sustainability and water availability for both the population and its operations. Source

 

Carriers review schedules as another strike disrupts Wilhemshaven terminal:

28/06/2024

Maersk is adjusting vessel line-ups and schedules at the Wilhelmshaven terminal in Germany due to ongoing warning strikes initiated by the trade union ver.di. The latest strike, stemming from a breakdown in collective labor agreement discussions, began at 6 am yesterday and will end at 10 pm tonight. The union is demanding a €3 increase in hourly wages from June 1, along with higher shift bonuses and a 12-month term for the new collective agreement. Previous negotiations on June 17 and 18 failed to reach an agreement, with ver.di negotiator Maren Ulbrich stating that the employers’ offer was still unacceptable. The next round of talks between ver.di and the Central Association of German Seaport Operators (ZDS) is scheduled for July 11 and 12 in Bremen.

In response, Maersk has informed customers that it is reviewing vessel schedules and potential impacts on departures at the Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven (CTW). The company is considering additional measures, such as diversions or move count restrictions, to minimize delays. Maersk warned that congestion might still occur even after operations resume and advised customers to plan their inland haulage accordingly. For those who have booked inland haulage directly with Maersk, the company will reschedule deliveries or pick-ups to the next available slot. The situation remains fluid, depending on the outcomes of ongoing negotiations. Ver.di emphasized that the warning strikes signal employees’ seriousness about their demands. Source

 

Singapore Port Congestion Shows Global Ripple Impact of Red Sea Attacks:

26/06/2024

Congestion at Singapore’s container port has reached its worst levels since the COVID-19 pandemic, mainly due to prolonged vessel re-routing to avoid attacks in the Red Sea. This has disrupted global ocean shipping, causing bottlenecks in other Asian and European ports as well. Retailers and manufacturers are facing surging rates, port backups, and shortages of empty containers just as they are preparing for the peak year-end shopping season. The global port congestion has reached an 18-month high, with 60% of ships waiting at anchor located in Asia. This situation is exacerbated by ships taking longer routes around Africa to avoid the Red Sea, leading to larger cargo offloads at major transshipment hubs like Singapore.

Singapore’s port, the world’s second-largest, has seen severe congestion recently, with average wait times to berth a container ship extending to two to three days, and delays potentially lasting up to a week. Neighboring ports in Malaysia and China are also experiencing increased wait times as ships reroute. The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore and port operator PSA are taking steps to address the congestion by reopening older berths and yards and planning to open more berths at Tuas Port. Maersk, a major container carrier, has already announced it will skip some sailings due to severe congestion. The early arrival of the peak shipping season, driven by restocking activities and anticipation of strong demand, is further straining port capacities, pushing container rates to their highest levels since 2022 and potentially leading to higher prices for consumers. Source

 

FEU rates spike by 233% year-on-year:

24/06/2024

The composite World Container Index (WCI) by Drewry has seen a 233% year-on-year increase for forty-foot-equivalent units (FEUs), now at $5,117, which is also 260% higher than the pre-COVID-19 average. Rates have climbed from $1,420 before the pandemic, leading to extreme volatility. Last week, freight rates from Shanghai to Rotterdam increased by 11% to $6,867 per FEU, from Shanghai to Los Angeles by 7% to $6,441, and from Shanghai to New York by 3% to $7,552. Rates from Rotterdam to Shanghai and Shanghai to Genoa also saw 2% increases, while rates between New York and Rotterdam decreased by 1%. Rates from Los Angeles to Shanghai remained stable, with Drewry expecting further increases due to congestion at Asian ports. Source

 

Chaos now rules the container shipping market, says Yang Ming CFO:

24/06/2024

Yang Ming CFO Peter Su stated that container shipping is so chaotic that explaining port omissions and skipped sailings to shippers is difficult. Ships are detouring around the Cape of Good Hope due to the Red Sea situation, tightening ship and container availability and delaying arrivals in Southeast Asia. Alphaliner reports 1.48 million TEU of new ships delivered so far out of 2.2 million TEU expected, but demand still exceeds supply, reducing capacity by 15-20%. The Q3 peak season has high bookings, but geopolitical tensions and the Red Sea crisis impact predictability and market stability. Analyst Tan Hua Joo noted that normalization might take months, even with ceasefire talks between Israel and Hamas. Source

 

Container Transit Times Soar as Red Sea Crisis Continues Unabated:

24/06/2024

The Red Sea conflict has significantly disrupted international shipping routes, causing longer transit times. According to a Project44 report, Yemen-based Houthi attacks since November have led hundreds of ships to avoid the area, resulting in an 80% drop in Suez Canal traffic compared to May 2023. Carriers are now using alternative routes around Africa or the Panama Canal, extending transit times by 10-14 days for routes from China to Europe, Southeast Asia to Europe, and Southeast Asia to the US East Coast. This new norm has increased overall shipping times by nearly two weeks, and Project44 advises shippers to plan for these delays, especially for the peak retail season. Source

 

Idle containership fleet dips to pandemic era lows as carriers hunt tonnage:

26/06/2024

The global demand for container ship capacity has outpaced supply so dramatically that the number of idled vessels is at its lowest since the pandemic, according to Alphaliner data. In the first half of the year, only 0.7% of the container shipping fleet, or around 210,000 teu out of the 29.6m teu global cellular fleet, was commercially idle. Currently, just 77 ships of 217,038 teu are without revenue-generating activity, and carriers are actively seeking any available tonnage to maintain services, with no ships over 18,000 teu and only two above 12,500 teu remaining idle.

This high demand has driven spot rate price surges and influenced long-term market rates. Flexport warned that these spot rate increases will persist until capacity supply exceeds demand. As almost all vessels are operating at full capacity, carriers are limiting long-term agreement capacities and using peak season surcharges to manage the gap between spot and long-term rates. Additionally, the scarcity of vessels larger than 4,000 teu has led to a sharp rise in forward fixtures for bigger ships expected to be delivered later this year and next. Alphaliner notes this reflects carrier expectations that Suez routings won’t resume soon and a higher-than-expected global cargo volume despite geopolitical challenges. Souce

 

Return to double-digit spot rate gains looms with new FAK hikes and surcharges:

28/06/2024

This week’s container shipping rates saw moderate increases following last week’s surge, as new surcharges and FAK (Freight All Kinds) price hikes were absent. However, expectations point to potential double-digit gains next week with anticipated new price levels starting July 1st. For instance, MSC announced FAK rates of $9,800 per 40ft high-cube for Asia-North Europe and $9,000 to West Mediterranean destinations beginning Monday. Shippers and forwarders in the UK are currently quoted FAK rates ranging from $9,000 to $9,800 per 40ft across all carrier alliances until mid-July, with projections suggesting spot rates could reach $14,000 to $15,000 if peak season demand extends into August and September.

The Drewry World Container Index (WCI) composite index grew by 4% this week, with notable increases seen on routes like Shanghai-Rotterdam, which rose 7% to $7,322 per 40ft. Similar trends were observed in Xeneta’s XSI and Freightos’ FBX indices, recording rates close to $7,000 per 40ft. Modest increases were also noted on Asia-North America routes, with the WCI showing 4% growth on legs like Shanghai-Los Angeles and Shanghai-New York. Looking ahead, the transpacific route could experience substantial increases next week, with CMA CGM planning a $2,400 per 40ft Peak Season Surcharge (PSS) on shipments from Asia to the US starting Monday. Additionally, equipment shortages have intensified inflationary pressures, with average container prices in China doubling to $3,600 for 40ft high-cube containers in just two months, while leasing rates from Shanghai to Rotterdam have tripled since November, currently standing at around $1,700. Despite these challenges, there are indications that market dynamics may adjust as trading volumes decrease and buyers exercise caution amidst the current disruptions. Source

 

SOURCES & REFERENCES     

SACO CFR | Hapag Lloyd | Maersk | MSC | Transnet | The LoadStar Publications | gCaptain.com | Shipco Transport | Splash247.com | Freightnews | Hellenic Shipping News | Seatrade Maritime News | JAS Newsflash

We continue to monitor the freight world developments closely, and will be in contact with you directly for updates relevant to you on an individual shipment level.

 

Best Regards,

JJ & The Inter-Sped Team

Cost-Effective Road Freight Solutions in South Africa: What You Need to Know

Despite the enormous leaps in technology over the years, road freight remains a cornerstone of the nation’s transportation infrastructure. With its extensive network of highways and routes connecting major cities and industrial hubs, road freight services play a crucial role in facilitating the movement of goods across the country.

Let’s look into the intricacies of road freight solutions in South Africa, exploring cost-effective strategies, industry trends, and essential considerations for businesses operating in the logistics sector.

 

The Significance of Road Freight Services in South Africa

Road freight services serve as the lifeblood of South Africa’s economy, providing essential transportation solutions for a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, agriculture, and mining. With the nation’s vast geographical expanse and diverse terrain, road transport offers flexibility, accessibility, and door-to-door delivery options, making it the preferred choice for many businesses seeking efficient logistics solutions.

 

Cost-Effective Strategies for Road Freight

Cost efficiency is a paramount consideration for businesses when selecting road freight solutions. To optimise cost-effectiveness, businesses can implement various strategies, including route optimisation, load consolidation, and fleet management. By leveraging technology solutions such as GPS tracking and route planning software, businesses can minimise fuel consumption, reduce empty miles, and optimise delivery routes, resulting in significant cost savings and improved efficiency.

 

Industry Trends Shaping Road Freight Services

The road freight industry in South Africa is continually evolving, driven by technological advancements, regulatory changes, and shifting consumer demands. Key trends shaping the industry include the rise of e-commerce and last-mile delivery solutions, the adoption of alternative fuels and green technologies, and the integration of digital platforms for real-time tracking and visibility. Understanding these trends is essential for businesses to remain competitive and adapt to the changing landscape of road freight services.

 

Essential Considerations for Businesses

When selecting road freight services in South Africa, businesses must consider several factors to ensure the reliability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of their transportation solutions. These factors include the reputation and reliability of the service provider, the availability of diverse fleet options to accommodate varying cargo requirements, adherence to safety and compliance standards, and the flexibility to scale operations according to fluctuating demand.

 

Finding a Road Freight Solutions Partner

As a leading authority in the field of logistics and transportation, Inter-Sped offers a comprehensive range of road freight solutions tailored to meet the diverse needs of our clients. With decades of experience and a proven track record of excellence, Inter-Sped is committed to delivering cost-effective, reliable, and efficient road freight services across South Africa.

By leveraging its extensive network of vehicles, strategic partnerships, and industry expertise, Inter-Sped provides businesses with tailored transportation solutions designed to optimise efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance supply chain performance. Whether it’s full truckload (FTL) or less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments, urgent express deliveries, or specialised transport requirements, Inter-Sped has the capabilities and resources to deliver your cargo safely and on time.

With Inter-Sped as your partner, you can unlock the benefits of reliable, efficient, and cost-effective road freight services that drive success in today’s competitive marketplace.

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