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Date: 11th April 2024

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New Zealand

  • Road closures/roadworks in Melbourne will affect the delivery schedule during April as strengthening works continue on the West Gate Freeway overpass, that connects the Bolte Bridge and West Gate Freeway.
  • Heavy rain and weather in NSW and QLD has impacted local deliveries and terminals as some areas experience flash flooding.
  • Exports of milk and milk products – DEFRA (UK Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs) have made changes to document requirements. Effective 30th April, any consignments classified as ‘low risk’ by DEFRA will continue to require an export permit to leave Australia but will no longer require an export health certificate to enter Great Britain. These consignments will only require commercial documentation. For further information, please contact your local Oceanbridge representative.
  • Due to changes in terminals operating systems, container slots are now only available after containers have been discharged from the vessel and made by the vessel operator. Accordingly, we have been asked by transport for documents to be sent through 96 hours prior to ETA in Australia. For containers not customs cleared, or customs duties not paid prior to arrival, missed timeslots will apply. Please ensure you send your requested documents through to your Customer Service Representative as soon as possible so we can book in slots with our transport companies. If you have any questions, please contact your Oceanbridge Representative for more details.
  • BMSB Season – Seasonal measures for BMSB treatments are still in place for Australia. BMSB season is for anything shipped into Australia between 1st of September to the 30th of April inclusive.

Australia

  • Road closures/roadworks in Melbourne will affect the delivery schedule during April as strengthening works continue on the West Gate Freeway overpass, that connects the Bolte Bridge and West Gate Freeway.
  • Brisbane has been experiencing bad weather over the weekend and is expected to continue into the long Easter weekend, causing delays across the Brisbane metro and outskirting areas.
  • Melbourne and Sydney terminals experienced road closures over the weekend with protestors targeting the ZIM Line vessel Ganges.
  • Brisbane DP World has been experiencing technical difficulties with have caused delays, reduced slots, and restricted vessel/container movements.
  • Hutchison Ports Sydney and Brisbane have announced intent to increase Landside and Storage Tariffs effective the 13th of May.
  • VICT, Patricks, and DP World terminals in Melbourne all experienced IT maintenance and unplanned systems’ outages last week and into this week.
  • BMSB Season – Seasonal measures for BMSB treatments are still in place for Australia. BMSB season is for anything shipped into Australia between the 1st of September to the 30th of April inclusive.

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia
    • Disruption with consols over the two short Easter weeks due to cancellations and Singapore Airlines schedules changing. This should be more stable in the coming weeks.
  • Asia
    • All carriers at capacity with restrictions on bookings from some origins. This is likely to continue in the coming months with rates also likely to rise.
  • USA
    • Consols are moving as booked so the full impact from the reduced capacity is yet to be felt. This will likely be towards the end of Q2.
  • UK and EU
    • Consols from London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Milan are all moving well and have not yet been affected by the reduced capacity in the US and the delays in Asia.
  • Import Cargo Terminals
    • Import terminals are operating much better, with delays at Air NZ becoming less frequent.

Exports

  • Australia and Pacific
    • Consols are moving as booked with capacity available on most carriers. Singapore Airlines schedule is back to normal after the short Easter weeks.
  • Asia
    • Air NZ full to some destinations but capacity is available on other carriers.
  • USA
    • Reduced capacity is already having an effect with a backlog already starting on some carriers that is likely to continue. Bookings need to be made in advance to secure space.
  • UK and EU
    • Capacity available on most carriers to UK and EU via Middle East. However, larger bookings are taking longer than normal to get away.
  • Export Cargo Terminals
    • Export terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • Rate Restorations/General Rate Increase Notices are continuing to come in from North Asia as space remains reasonably tight across all shipping lines.
  • Empty container issues seem to have corrected, but we are likely to see flare ups while the issues remain in the Red Sea. It is very difficult to predict which port and/or shipping line will be impacted.
  • Schedules seem mostly settled at this time but, with volumes in South Asia still a bit flat, we are seeing a rejig of feeder services to ensure that utilization is better out of the likes of Vietnam and Thailand.

Exports

  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently, and reefer equipment is also impacted by peak season.
  • Limited waiting time at Busan and Singapore ports due to vessel bunching.
  • Space remains tight on some services to Asia. We recommend booking at least 3 weeks in advance in order to secure. Please check with your customer service representative for options.

Trans-Tasman

Imports

  • Port of Melbourne – Potential Disruptions due to Protests; The Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) has provided a notice advising of possible disruptions due to port protests at the Port of Melbourne over the coming days – for full details, refer HERE.

Exports

  • Road closures / road works in Melbourne will affect deliveries for April.
  • Heavy rain and bad weather in NSW and QLD has impacted cartage as some areas experience flash flooding.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently, and reefer equipment is also impacted by peak season.

Europe

Imports

  • On-going attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea has made all container carriers avoid the Suez Canal until further notice. There will be delays of approximately 2-3 weeks and extra costs as shipping lines re-route via Cape of Good Hope. Online sailing schedules are now reflecting correct transit times.
  • With the longer transits to NZ, we can end the BMSB protocols this week as all containers from then will arrive after April 30th.
  • Blank sailings are affecting the regularity of services as shipping lines adjust to the lower volumes and Red Sea attacks.
  • There are equipment shortages in Turkey.
  • 20′ reefer containers are in low supply across Europe.
  • Port Strikes in Northern Italy have caused a space shortage from La Spezia on Maersk for the next 3 weeks. MSC is running okay.

Exports

  • Suez Canal Situation – Ongoing attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea has made all container carriers avoid the Suez Canal until further notice. There will be delays of approximately 2-3 weeks and extra costs as shipping lines re-route via Cape of Good Hope. Online sailing schedules are now reflecting correct transit times.

North America

Imports

  • Panama Canal services from the East Coast – As we approach the rainy season, the Panama Canal Authorities recently introduced additional transit slots per day. After closely monitoring the development over the past weeks, we are pleased to announce that Maersk will reinstate the Panama Canal transit on our OC1 service effective May 10th. The service will return to the normal rotation prior to the two-loop setup in conjunction with the Panama Rail connection operated today.
  • Summary of changes to the OC1 service
  • OC1 current rotation (double loop):
    • 063 service: Balboa – Tauranga – Sydney – Melbourne – Port Chalmers – Tauranga – Balboa
    • 062 service: Philadelphia – Charleston – Manzanillo – Philadelphia
  • OC1 new service (single loop):
    • 061 service: Philadelphia – Charleston – Panama Canal – Balboa – Tauranga – Sydney – Melbourne – Port Chalmers – Tauranga – Panama Canal – Manzanillo – Cristobal – Cartagena – Philadelphia
  • Effective dates: Origin Departure and Canal Transit by direction.
Direction Vessel Name Voyage Departure Port First Call Port ETA Panama Canal ETA
South-bound Maersk Inverness 419S (departure voyage) Philadelphia (First call) 7th of May 2024 17th of May 2024
  • Further to our 1st March advisory regarding the Lyttelton phase out of PANZ vessel DEBUSSY 404S/409N, please note that due to an additional operational requirement, the vessel will now also call Tauranga following the scheduled call at Lyttelton. The revised schedule for DEBUSSY 404S/409N phase out and ANL WARRNAMBOOL 409N phase in is as below:
Port Debussy 404S/409N ANL Warrnambool 409N
Sydney 13 – 15 Mar
Melbourne 16 – 17 Mar
Lyttelton 24 – 24 Mar phase out 26 – 26 Mar phase in
Tauranga 31 – 31 Mar 28 – 28 Mar
Papeete 2 – 3 Apr
Surrey 19 – 20 Apr
Oakland 23 – 25 Apr
Los Angeles 27 – 29 Apr

Exports

  • Panama Canal services for ANP/OC1 service with Hapag Lloyd, Maersk and MSC – Vessels will recommence transiting the Panama Canal northbound with effect the Spirit of Auckland 016N ETD Tauranga May 1st.
  • Baltimore – All FCL services to Baltimore are suspended until further notice.
  • West Coast North America – Berthing delays at Oakland have reduced to 4 days from 7. There is a gap in the Seattle schedule, after the Wide India 410N, ETS Tauranga April 6th, the next Seattle departure is not until May 3rd, the CAP Jackson 414N.
  • New York/Newark – No waiting time expected for berth at Maher Terminals LLC and APM Terminals. There were no reports of port damage post the recent earthquake in New York.
  • Norfolk – Most vessels berth on arrival. However, the bigger vessels wait approximately 2 days for a berth.
  • Charleston Terminal – Waiting time for vessel berthing is 1 day at Wando Welch Terminal and 0.5 days at North Charleston Terminal.
  • Savannah – Waiting time for vessel berth at the terminal has reduced to 2 days.
  • Houston – Vessels waiting time has reduced to 1 day from 3 days.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time has reduced to 4 days at Oakland Int’l Container Terminal (OICT). Average delivery time has increased to 5.4 days.
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time for a berth at Seattle is 2 days. The terminal is closed Fridays in April.
  • Los Angeles – There are no delays with berthing at Los Angeles currently. Dwell times for local import cargo has reduced to 2.7 days. On-dock rail dwell has also reduced, down to 4.5 days.
  • Vancouver – All marine terminals in Vancouver continue to face heavy congestion, as a result of an inadequate supply of rail cars from major railways.
  • Halifax – Vessels are arriving in Halifax with slight delays due to weather conditions. Rail wagon supply remains stable.

South America

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

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