Blockade in the Suez Canal and its effect on the western ports
Dear Sirs and Madames
the blockade in the Suez Canal caused by the EVER GIVEN will lead to further delays in the seaport in the near future. That means there will be longer waiting times at the terminals and the current congestion situation in the seaports will continue to worsen.
Here is an excerpt from an official report from the Port of Rotterdam:
Position paper and questions / answers on the effects of the Suez Blockade
in the port of Rotterdam
Since March 23, the container ship Ever Given has been blocking the Suez Canal on March 29
the blockade was lifted. On the day the Ever Given was released,
there were at least 60 ships on their way across the Suez Canal to Rotterdam. 56
of these 60 ships were container ships, 3 tankers and 1 car transporter. As the Ever Given
was pulled up, about 20 of these ships were at anchor and the was for 6 ships
Decision has been made to divert. According to our information, the
coming time small groups of ships on the way to Europe with the Suez Canal
with an interval of 12-15 hours between the individual passages. It seems
inevitably there will be supply problems, especially in Europe. -
Thanks to the use of various digital applications, we can see the arrival of ships
Easily track and shipping companies and shipping agents are able to manage their port visits
plan as efficiently as possible. Deep sea terminals have one more or less
vorgegebene Anzahl von Kränen zum Be- und Entladen von Fracht. Diese Voraussetzungen
determine to a large extent how quickly ships can be dispatched. The availability
the necessary service providers (such as boat drivers and pilots) is not unlimited. With the
expected influx of ships after the opening of the Suez Canal this will be the settlement
of ship visits to ports, including Rotterdam, irrevocably delay. -
Hinterland transport (road, inland waterway, rail) is also provided by the top level
be concerned with containers. We track their positions live so that we can find a better one
Have an idea of the number of ships that will call at Rotterdam. Sometime in
the next two weeks the first “diversions” (via the Cape of Good Hope)
Reach Rotterdam. The ships leaving the port of Rotterdam in the next 48 hours
can be reached via https://shiptracker.portofrotterdam.com/#!/.
We normally receive around 80 ocean-going vessels per day, of which around 10%
(7 seagoing vessels on average) arrive in Rotterdam via Suez.
What problems will be in the port of Rotterdam due to the blockade of the Suez Canal
• In den kommenden Wochen werden sowohl die geplante als auch die verspätete
Freight to reach Rotterdam. The shipping companies see problems with the import of
Containers ahead so that the containers do not flow through where the terminals do
expect. • Buffering must take place in the hinterland and not at the terminals in order to
Avoid pressure peaks in the port of Rotterdam. This means an expansion
the existing bundling concepts on inland waterways to the
Hinterland and the use of night distribution / dispatch vehicles.
• The effects of the blockage and the time thereafter will vary depending on the terminal
Who determines the priority of the ships in port?
Terminals and shipping companies make agreements about which ships are in port
and what priority. This can change at the last minute.
Digital platforms for status information
• PortXchange (https://www.portofrotterdam.com/nl/tools-services/portxchange):
Platform for the most efficient handling of port visits.
• Portbase (port community system, https://www.portbase.com/): the maritime
• Hamis (harbor master management information system): gives insight into the
Handling of shipping in the port of Rotterdam
https://www.portofrotterdam.com/nl/zakendoen/haven-van-de toekomst / digitalisering / beheer-management).
• MAIStro (Global Vessel Tracking and Predictions): offers insights into shipping
• https://www.portbase.com/services/cargo-tracker/ Cargotracker (to track the
Handling of container freight)
• https://www.portofrotterdam.com/nl/ontrack That makes Rotterdam great
Container ships so accessible. Rotterdam naturally has wide basins, deep ones
Canals and no tide restrictions (Rotterdam has ebb and flow twice a day
High tide) and is also deep.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our staff. They will help you as best they can.
With best regards
Your GUT team