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 continue to remain hopeful that this will be sooner rather than later”
In a customer advisory, OOCL stated “We’ve reached a point where we can no longer tolerate these delays, which not only impact our UK customers but also those connecting at other ports in the service rotation.”
Delays have plagued Felixstowe for more than two months, following operator Hutchison switching to the nGen terminal system in June.
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