June 10, 2014
By Yasumori Jinno, CargoSmart Global Vessel Voyage Monitoring Center
Since May, the Suez Canal Container Terminal in Port Said has been
impacted by congestion due to increased absenteeism by the work force. Although
the Suez Canal Container Terminal has a geographical advantage, because of its
continuous performance degradation, some carriers have switched to other
terminals as a workaround. Here are the figures for vessel arrival counts and average berth times at Suez Canal Container Terminal in the past five weeks.
In the September 2013 issue of CargoSmart’s Innovating newsletter, we
conducted a similar study and learned
that the average berth time from June
to August 2013 was 14-16 hours. This month’s study shows a decline in vessel
arrivals and that the average
berth time has almost doubled since the start of labor problems. It’s no
surprise that carriers are seeking other options in the region until a resolution can be reached.
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