Three Hanjin Shipping vessels have been reported as stranded off the North American coast at major ports due to the company’s bankruptcy, with another stuck at a port in British Columbia.
Three vessels were stuck in the water off the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and one has been anchored and is being held in the British Columbian Port of Prince Rupert.
The Port of Prince Rupert has confirmed the vessel Hanjin Scarlet is in the port but work has been halted and it is not being handled, and it is being held at the Fairview Container Terminal, which is a DP World terminal.
The Port of Prince Rupert, together with its partners DP World and Canada National (CN) are in communication and are actively working to realise a resolution to the situation.
The Port Authority said in a statement: “All Hanjin export units currently at CN inland terminals will not be loaded onto trains and can be picked up from the CN origin terminal.”
DP World and CN will not be accepting any new Hanjin orders or shipments destined for Hanjin vessels.
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Two other vessels, the Hanjin Greece and Hanjin Constantza, were stranded at sea off the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach after their scheduled arrival on August 31, 2016, according to reports.
The vessels are being held after the announcement on the same day that Hanjin had applied for court receivership.
The day before this, another Hanjin Vessel had been anchored off Long Beach instead of heading to its scheduled destination in Japan.
Rahul Kapoor, Singapore Director at Drewry Maritime Services told the Bangkok Post: “There’s going to be a short-term disruption in the supply chain, this is going to play out for the next few weeks. Ports will not have these vessels because they are worried port and other fees won’t be paid.”