Carriers suspends calls at clogged up Port of Savannah

Marseille-based CMA CGM has said that it would be suspending calls at the Port of Savannah, Georgia on the US East Coast due to severe congestion and long wait times. The announcement comes a day after Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd said that it would be omitting the Savanah call from its India America Express service.

CMA CGM said that its AMERIGO service (Livorno, Genoa, Fos, Barcelona, Valencia, Algeciras to New York, Norfolk, Charleston (replacing Savannah) and Miami) would temporarily stop calling ay Savannah due to severe congestion in this port (wait times currently of eight to 10 days) in order to protect schedule integrity & weekly sailing frequency.

A new call at Charleston has been inserted in the rotation and Savannah shipments will be directed to Charleston.

The first sailing impacted will be m/v CMA CGM La Traviata (IMO 9299795) voy. 0MR9TW1MA, ETA Algeciras October 31st, 2021, ETA Charleston November 27th, 2021.

The terminal called in Charleston will be Wando Welch Terminal (WWT) on Saturdays, which mirrors the current Savannah berth window.

Congestion at Savannah has become among the worst on the US East Coast. There were more than 30 ships at anchorage last month.

Maersk Line said late last month that the situation in Savannah had become “increasingly challenging”.

Hapag-Lloyd has said that its India America Express service, connecting the Indian Subcontinent with the East Coast of North America, will omit its Savannah call from week 42 to week 47.

Last month Georgia Ports Authority Board approved more than $34m to help add 1.6m teu capacity. That is scheduled to come online in December.

2006-built, France-flagged, 91,410 gt CMA CGM La Traviata is owned by Fenice Bail 2 SNC care of manager CMA CGM SA of Marseille, france. ISM manager is CMA Ships SAS of Marseille, France. It is entered with North of England Club.