Congestion Impacting South Africa Ports

November 22, 2023

Congestion Impacting South Africa Ports

 

Severe congestion in the South African ports of Cape Town and Durban has driven some carriers to start dropping calls from their schedules.

This week almost 100 vessels were anchored outside the ports waiting to be discharged. According to a report in The Loadstar, these delays are costing the South African economy over $5m a day.

Maersk and CMA CGM are among the lines that have already confirmed the skipping of calls due to the ongoing congestion issue. On some routes from the East, carriers are transhipping cargo over Port Louis, Mauritius to avoid master vessels being delayed.

Congestion at the ports has been ongoing for some time, but has deteriorated recently due to poor weather conditions and equipment breakdowns. Durban’s terminals are the worst affected with delays of around 9 days.

As ever, the Atlantic Pacific team are monitoring the situation and advise customers to check schedules with us ahead of bookings.

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