Challenges mount as Amazon River faces low water levels for shipping

Challenges mount as Amazon River faces low water levels for shipping

CMA CGM has expressed concerns regarding the gravity of navigational conditions in the Amazon River.

The river is currently facing navigational challenges due to a substantial reduction in its water levels. This issue is affecting cargo transportation along the river, particularly at the Port of Manaus.

According to CMA CGM, the situation has become alarming, preventing container vessels from accessing the port.

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In response to this situation, CMA CGM has been forced to divert its vessels, specifically the Bomar Praia and Marfret Guyane, to alternative ports.

The first vessel is scheduled to head to Pecém, with an estimated arrival date of 15 October, while the second vessel will be heading to Fortaleza and is expected to arrive on 18 October.

The cargoes on these vessels will be transported to Manaus as soon as the water levels become suitable.

CMA CGM is actively working on alternative solutions to mitigate the impact of these restrictions.

This follows an already challenging situation in the Panama Canal, which experts predict will persist into 2024.

Learn more in PTI’s exclusive interview discussing the drought’s impact on this crucial global trade route and the wide-ranging repercussions of these delays and shipping restrictions.

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