Continuing severe congestion at the Port of Chittagong, caused by low draft and broken ship-to-shore gantry cranes, has crippled the loading and unloading of vessels, nearly doubling the average time ships spend in port, and there’s no immediate solution on hand.
The congestion, which has driven up ships’ average time in port to 84 hours between January and June, appears to be worsening.
The port has acknowledged the low draft/ dredging issues, but said it is unable to take action due to the high rate of berth occupancy.
Shippers are facing equipment shortages and feeder vessel schedules are being impacted by the congestion. Subsequently connections with mother vessels at transshipment points are being compromised.
Under these circumstances shippers have been advised that our LCL CFS cut-off has been advanced by 2 days in order to have cargo loaded into containers ready for boarding onto feeder vessels as they arrive and depart the port, often times off schedule.
Delmar will continue to monitor the situation and handle ocean freight cargo movements as events allow, however due to continuing port congestion and off schedule feeder vessel sailings, some delays may occur.
For additional information please contact your local Delmar representative.