Author: Nicki Mayhew

Storms bring more significant supply chain disruption

“It certainly hasn’t been a great start to the week” comments EUF’s Commercial Director Mel Pipe. “We’d been following the news about the extreme weather…Hurricane Florence in the USA and Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong and South East Asia and obviously our first concerns were with the safety of colleagues and friends caught up in those locations.” He continued “Thankfully we heard yesterday that they had prepared well and all were safe – they had even managed to return to…

Container haulage faces more misery as peak season looms

EUF’s Sales Director, Lee Hack comments on the news this week that the industry is further plagued by “turmoil” and “chaos” that many fear will get worse as the peak season gears up. Reading the article on The Loadstar, Lee says he is naturally concerned about the ongoing disruptions affecting all UK ports by problems ranging from driver shortages and rail failures to issues arising from M&A activity. Some fowarders are seeing failures of up to 20% of the boxes they…

Severe operational delays continue to plague The Port of Felixstowe

EUF’s Commercial Director, Mel Pipe comments on the news that OOCL is leaving the UK gateway while “severe” operational delays continue to plague the port’s IT systems. “The situation at Felixstowe Port is continuing to cause serious problems for the industry, including the news yesterday that OOCL’s North Europe-Turkey route (NET) would instead use Southampton as its UK port of call.” “It certainly will be a huge relief once these delays are resolved and things are back to normal, and we…

Container freight rates lift as peak season approaches

EUF are closely monitoring the market as container freight rates on the major east-west deepsea trades are beginning to lift ahead of the peak season. Lee Hack, Sales Director at EUF said “It’s clear that rates are on the rise and carriers are pushing through peak season surcharges, however we are doing all we can to keep rates down and remain as always, extremely competitive”. Read the full Loadstar story about rates here…

Disruptions continue at Port of Felixstowe

There continues to be serious disruptions at the Port of Felixstowe this week and it’s likely to continue into August. Freight forwarders and container lines continue to report ongoing disruptions to operations following an upgrade of the leading UK container port’s Terminal Operating System (TOS) last month. Carriers such as Maersk Line report delayed berthing in Felixstowe this week for various vessels, and Maersk and its 2M alliance partner MSC are continuing to divert some vessels to alternative UK container…

Operational delays at the Port of Felixstowe

The Port of Felixstowe are still having issues with their new IT system (nGEN) and are apologising for the service we are receiving. Failures are expected across all services as they concentrate on discharging vessels with limited import loads where time permits. Vessels are diverting from Felixstowe port to London Gateway. We will keep you updated as soon as we receive more information. If you have any concerns in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us. T. 01394…

Concerns over temporary worldwide bunker surcharge

EUF’s commercial director Mel Pipe, has been closely following the news that shipping giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) have imposed a temporary bunker surcharge with immediate effect. The container shipping line is introducing the worldwide surcharge on all ocean and land-based cargo carriage immediately, as it battles a sharp jump in fuel prices. Mel commented “The problem is crude oil is hovering around $80 a barrel, which is up almost 70% since last June, and obviously this situation isn’t sustainable without…

What a week as the beast from the east plays havoc with transport

Well it certainly has been a funny old week, weather wise and here in Suffolk, we had our fair share, albeit other parts of the UK had it far worse. “It’s not often that you see small icebergs floating in the sea at Felixstowe” commented EUF’s Commercial Director Mel Pipe. “But we’ve seen it all this week, and the port has done well to re-open”. Severe weather hit UK supply chains everywhere this week, with several ports closing or suspending…

Space tight out of Asia ahead of Chinese New Year

Mel Pipe, Commercial Director at EUF Group has been keeping a close eye on matters pre Chinese New Year. He said “Space has been extremely tight and coupled with disruptions such as port congestion and lack of equipment it has been challenging to keep our service levels at the high standard we pride ourselves on”. Suppliers, Carriers and Agents are all closed over the Chinese New Year period returning in weeks 8-9 with some suppliers having factory workers return far…

Strong peak season is good news for Asia to North Europe trade lane

Commercial Director Mel Pipe was pleased to see last week’s news about the 5% increase of shipments from Asia to North Europe. According to Drewry’s latest Container Insight Weekly analysis, the westbound Asia to North Europe trade is on course to break the 10 million teu milestone in 2017, following a strong peak season. Mel commented “Obviously it’s great news for the industry that volumes are up, and it was no surprise to read that the general rise of online…

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