More box ships skip UK hub ports and forwarders urge EC to intervene

As carriers continue to leave import containers stranded at North European ports and charge exporters more than $5,000 to ship a box to Asia, the pressure is growing for regulatory intervention.
And UK importers today face major challenges from the decision by Ocean Alliance members to divert five more vessels from Felixstowe to Zeebrugge in December.
An advisory on Friday told UK customers that the Cosco Shipping Azalea, Ever Goods, Ever Globe, CSCL Jupiter and CSCL …

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Importer fury as UK port congestion means boxes may be stranded for weeks

UK container imports offloaded at Antwerp, Rotterdam and Zeebrugge could be stranded for weeks before they can be relayed back, potentially missing out on the Christmas market.
Ships diverted from the heavily congested hub ports of Felixstowe, Southampton and London Gateway have mostly discharged their UK imports at the Benelux ports, but now carriers are struggling with their relay options.
Moreover, Antwerp and Rotterdam are reported to be “very full” across all …

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Major digital step for NTB as it signs up with Portchain for berth optimisation

North Sea Terminal Bremerhaven (NTB) is the latest operator to sign-up for Portchain’s AI-powered berth optimisation engine, as the industry looks to tech to solve deteriorating schedule reliability.
Portchain claims its software will help NTB plan vessel berthing more effectively and enable sharing of berthing information in real-time with customers.
Thor Thorup, the Copenhagen firm’s chief commercial officer, said: “Berth optimisation is an important step in NTB’s ambitious digitisation...

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