Storms – Port And Disruption *UPDATE
**Update 21st February 2022
Following on immediately after Storm Eunice, Storm Franklin has caused further disruption with many port operations now suspended.
This includes major UK ports such as Felixstowe and Southampton, and also the EU ports of Antwerp, Dublin and Rotterdam.
Most UK ports were temporarily open for a few hours between storms at the weekend. Unfortunately, the ongoing situation is likely to have an impact on many collections and deliveries during this week.
18th February 2022
With Storm Eunice arriving in the UK today, and red weather warnings issued for the South West, East and South East, logistics will be heavily impacted.
At the time of writing, Felixstowe, London Gateway and Southampton ports have already been closed, and further ports are expected to follow suit.
Felixstowe is believed to be closed for the weekend and all of today’s transport bookings have been cancelled. This will affect deliveries into next week as not only can containers not be collected ahead of Friday and Monday deliveries, but we can expect some backlogs.
Airfreight will undoubtedly be impacted too and while we are not aware yet of airport closures, there is the probability of many flights being cancelled today and passengers have been advised to check flights before travelling.
Transport is expected to be seriously disrupted today. Many bridges are closed already, such as the Dartford Crossing, and with trucks being particularly exposed to high winds we expect a limited service. Of course, if Storm Eunice materialises as many predict, then we can expect road closures due to fallen trees and debris.
In summary, any customers expecting collections, deliveries, departures or arrivals in the next few days may be impacted.
The Atlantic Pacific team will be monitoring the situation closely. We will be in touch with customers on specific shipments as information becomes available during the day.
Should you require further information, or be concerned about urgent orders, then please do not hesitate to contact us.