Shipping companies scrapping China port calls due to congestion

Denmark-based Maersk Line withdrew one port call to Shanghai and another to Chiwan in Shenzhen in December because of what it described as severe congestion at the mainland China ports. “Our network is constantly being reviewed for improved reliability and commercial effectiveness” , said Maersk. “We can confirm we are currently omitting one call in Shanghai and Shenzhen, respectively. This is due to recent frequent operational omissions in these ports – with the aim of improving our schedule reliability. Maersk Line has a very comprehensive service network covering both ports and remain dedicated to serving them with fully competitive products.”

Maersk removed the port calls from its AE2 and AE11 services. “From December 21st, AE11 did not call at Chiwan in Shenzhen and from December 22nd the Maersk AE2 service did not call at Shanghai”.

Maersk Line operates 30 services that call at Shanghai and 13 of its services call at Chiwan.

Meanwhile, Chinese port congestion caused other companies to cut port calls. MSC is skipping Shanghai on its AE-2/Swan service. Maersk and MSC are skipping Shekou on the westbound leg of their AE-11/Jade service. THE Alliance members are omitting the Dalian call on their Asia-North Europe FE2 service, stating that future shipments to Dalian would be carried on vessels of the FE4 service for transshipment in Busan.