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Felixstowe woes continue

[ October 23, 2020   //   ]

Some shipping lines will not be allowed to put empty containers on the quay at Felixstowe from Monday 26 October, reports Essex freight forwarder Woodland Group.

This will affect deliveries the following week with a possibility that some may not be carried out. Woodland says it is working with the carriers on alternative restitution points for containers but this may incur a cost.

Delivery times may need to be flexible in order to ensure the shipment can be moved and a delivery made.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth stevedore Portico is offering its services as an alternative place to handle empty containers.

It says that with direct access to the motorway network, capacity for boxess and quays that can comfortably accommodate sub-Panamax sized vessels, it can help solve empty container headaches.

Commercial manager, Jonathan Williams, said: “We know that many shipping lines and hauliers are struggling to move their empty containers back to key markets, so we want the industry to know we are ready to help.

“Portsmouth is centrally located, with the major motorways leading directly to our doorstep. This means you can drop your containers and go, leaving them ready for a ship to move them on to where you need them.

“Our two deep water quays can accommodate a wide range vessels up to 230m in length, and our decades of experience in the container market means that you are in safe hands”.

Portico’s mobile harbour cranes can efficiently load and unload container vessels, Williams adds while its partner, SMS Towage, is available to attend ships with as little as two hours’ notice.