Monday, January 17, 2022

Shipping Giant Diverts Vessels From Crisis-Hit UK

Danish shipping giant AP Möller-Maersk said on Tuesday it has started turning ships away from Britain’s biggest container port due to congestion, the latest of several woes in the United Kingdom.

With post-Brexit immigration controls and the pandemic among the reasons cited by experts, the country is suffering from runaway energy prices, freight shortages, fuel delivery issues and a worsening long-term shortage of lorry drivers.

Felixstowe in eastern England has been particularly hard hit, prompting Maersk to divert one ship each week out of the usual two or three calls.

A company spokesperson said the ships, each carrying thousands of containers, are being redirected to continental ports such as Rotterdam and Antwerp.

Cargo would be loaded onto smaller ships to dock at other British ports or Felixstow when space opened.

The spokesperson said the firm is committed to bringing goods to the UK for Black Friday and Christmas.

Maersk official Lars Mikel Jensen said driver shortages had slowed container movements in Felixstow, which deals with just over a third of the UK’s freight container volume.

“We have to take some of the larger ships away from Felixstow and relay some smaller ships for cargo,” he said.

“We did it for a while over the summer, and now we’re starting to do it again.”


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