New York - New Jersey - Severe Port Congestion.

Further to our CustomerInfo from July 19, 2013 and several media reports, we are experiencing severe congestion throughout the port of New York.


Situation is a result of various drivers:

  • Marine Terminal system updates and rollouts
  • Shortage of trucking power (new Hours of Service regulations introduced July 1)
  • Shortage of ILA labor due to summer vacations (impacting both terminal operations and terminal to rail truck transfers)
  • Construction and vessel bunching at Marine Terminals


Both local and rail cargo are affected. In efforts to minimize commercial exposure to NY/NJ and restore our service to our customers, we strongly suggest, rerouting cargo whenever possible.


  • Cargo from/to Europe/Mediterranean, we recommend using the ports of Montreal, Halifax or Norfolk.
  • Cargo from/to the Indian Sub-Continent/South East Asia, we recommend using the ports of Halifax or Norfolk.
  • Cargo from/to Latin America, we recommend using the ports of Norfolk, Baltimore or Savannah.


Additional measures may involve vessel diversions to alternate terminals – already started with New York Express Service (NYE) service temporarily calling at NYCT.


We continue to work diligently with all Marine Terminals, Rail Service Providers,  Partner Lines, Port Authority, however, we do not expect normal service to be restored until approximately mid of September 2013.


We will continue to closely monitor the situation and advise as the situation develops.

New York / New Jersey – Severe Port Congestion.

Source: www.hapag-lloyd.com

 

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