Tag Archives: ports

New container imbalance fee to minimise congestion due to excess empty containers

Port Authority of NY and NJ have announced a new container fee payable by ocean carriers. The fee will be levied when the outbound containers don’t exceed inbound containers by 110% in the same period. The port authority also plans to find additional space to store containers near the port, and already has identified 12 acres on the port.

It seems that these two measures are what works to reduce congestion. The same two kinds of measures were invoked at the Port of LA and Port of Long Beach to get ocean lines to start moving empties out. In California, though, the container fees were just threatened; they never were begun. that alone was enough for ocean carriers to start moving containers out.

Perhaps we have found a credible set of options to get container carriers to move those boxes.

Kim BiggarAugust 3, 2022

Port Authority of NY and NJ announces new container imbalance fee to minimise congestion due to excess empty containers – Splash247

Carriers ‘must commit to berthing windows’

Terminal congestion in Europe is high, even though there are fewer containers being handled than a year ago.

Ocean carriers handle congestion by skipping calls, and landing the containers at smaller ports, then sending them by land to their final destination. Skipping calls fouls up schedules for everyone, and makes it impossible to plan for increased capacity. It’s a nightmare situation for port terminal scheduling and for much of the hinterland service logistics, such as barge, rail and truck.

Another source of congestion is containers sitting in ports, often empty, awaiting movement elsewhere.

Almost everyone believes ocean carriers ought to improve on keeping schedules and sailing when they planned, meeting commitments made in advance to the terminals they intend to stop at. When there’s little excess capacity, altering schedules throws all the downstream logistics plans out of whack. It is like a bullwhip effect; when a ship skips, all the efforts planned to handle those cargoes is wasted, and has to be reorganized as best it can for what is believed to be the next round of deliveries. Keeping entire supply chains in a quandary does not lead to efficient logistics in the hinterland.

Ocean carriers are averaging about 30-40% ontime deliveries right now, and their on-time percentage has been excruciatingly low for a couple of years. No land-based logistics service could stay in business with these kinds of numbers.

In order to get ocean carriers to commit to scheduled berthings, ports are going to have to share information about berth window schedules. If this data were more public, comparisons could be made and carriers that routinely missed their slots could be penalized by getting deferred when they wanted to berth elsewhere. Getting liners to commit to berthing schedules requires cooperation among ports.

By Mike Wackett 27/07/2022

Carriers ‘must commit to berthing windows’ as N Europe ports see volumes fall – The Loadstar

Ripples from Black Sea shipping crisis hitting regional supply chains

It is interesting to hear about changes in regional supply chains. The Ukraine war provides a chance to see what disruption occurred and how it is impacting routes to move cargo in the area of the Black Sea. This article covers the effects of the blockade of Ukranian ports.

Naturally costs have changed, and so have equipment imbalances.

Finally, the markets for freight into and out of the area have changed a lot. Many shippers and carriers have been actively looking for alternatives, and have needed to create some new ones.

And sanctions imposed by the EU and US have forced other changes.

By Daniil Melnychenko data analyst at Informall BG 26/07/2022

Ripples from Black Sea shipping crisis hitting regional supply chains – The Loadstar