There has recently been severe congestion in the Port of Hong Kong. Vessels have been able to get into Hong Kong, but have not been able to berth at the dock. This congestion is partially due to an exceptionally high-volume peak season in the Asia/North Europe and transpacific trade lanes. However, it has mostly been caused by the new ultra-large container vessels (ULCV’s) that have been newly introduced into Asia-Europe services. These vessels have been flooding the transpacific with 10,000 teu-plus vessels.
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Oakland Ports have seen congestion the past few days that rival, if not surpass, the congestion at the LA/Long Beach Ports. Ports America and SSA have lines in excess of 3 hours just for truckers to enter the terminal. This is the wait just to enter and does not include the time it takes to load/unload containers. Jo-Sak is working closely with our truckers to ensure loading and delivery appointments are being kept on time as much as possible. Truckers are doing their best to communicate any delays they are experiencing to their customers in a timely manner.
Jo-Sak was informed of the following as per the PierPass news dated October 27th:
Typhoon Kalmaegi caused some vessel delays in September. Vessels were forced to wait outside the Port of Hong Kong until the typhoon had passed. The typhoon caused shipping lines to alter schedules to try and recover the time that had been lost. Most lines are now back to their regular service schedules. Typhoon season is projected to last through November 30th and may cause further delays to ports in the future.
Vancouver continues to face vessel space issues and a shortage of 20’ dry containers. It is very important to book in advance so Jo-Sak can secure space.