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 work already.”

However, the impact of the hurricane and the typhoon has caused destruction and port closures in the Philippines, Hong Kong, and southern China, and are set to bring further significant supply chain disruptions.

Read more about the impact of the storms here on Lloyd’s Loading List.

But the weather wasn’t the only concerning news yesterday.

An advisory notice from OOCL read…

We regret to advise that as a result of the ongoing issues at the Port of Felixstowe, the CSCL Atlantic Ocean will omit her Westbound call to the UK.

All containers will remain on board to return on her Eastbound call, due into Felixstowe on 01/10/2018. This decision has been taken by the vessel operator in order to maintain schedule integrity.

The issues mentioned are a continuing result of the implementation of Felixstowe’s operating system, Ngen, as well as severe labour problems at the port. These look to be ongoing for the foreseeable future.

Any deliveries scheduled from this vessel will be cancelled and any pins issued will no longer be valid.

Mel says “It’s an understatement to say that this is far from ideal, and currently we are advising our customers as best we can and we’ll keep across this news as it develops.”