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. This port congestion has sometimes been causing 2-5+ day delays to the ETA’s of bookings into ports throughout Asia. Shipping lines have assured us they are working to find a viable option to help relieve the congestion in the port and to get ETA delays down to a minimum.
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