Port of Gothenburg takes action to prevent congestion post-Suez suspension

Port of Gothenburg launches measures to mitigate Suez crisis

The Port of Gothenburg has launched a series of measures to alleviate the forecast congestion at ports following the suspension of the Suez Canal to ensure as few disruptions to trade as possible.

In a statement, the Port said there are still hundreds of vessels left at the canal’s inlet awaiting permission to transit, as of 31 March 2021, and warned of a “ketchup effect” at Europe’s ports with many ships calling at the same ports simultaneously.

The Port and APM Terminals Nordic will launch a new offer to the global shipping company market.

Elvir Dzanic, Gothenburg Port Authority Chief Executive, said, “Instead of queuing in several European ports in a row, we now offer the opportunity to come directly to the Port of Gothenburg.

“Here, the shipping companies can unload their Scandinavian goods, which can then quickly reach their customers.”

“We want to contribute to a solution to this situation as quickly as possible in every way we can. Price is always a factor, and many have ended up with increased costs due to the Suez situation.

“The sooner we get back to a normal situation, the better it is for everyone in the logistics chain. If we can help speed that process up, I’d be very pleased.”

In addition, the port will offer the opportunity to unload additional goods with other European destinations.

This cargo can then be transhipped to smaller feeder vessels for further transport to other European ports. In this way, the larger vessels can also get back into their regular loops more quickly.

Dennis Olesen, Managing Director at APM Terminals Nordic, also commented, “We still have capacity available at our terminal in Gothenburg so we can support in this challenging time and hopefully alleviate impact of the consequential delays that is to be expected both locally and globally.”

In addition to the opportunity to bring their ships directly to Gothenburg, shipping companies are also offered a discount on these extra calls.

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