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Suez backlog starts moving, but port congestion expected to follow

Some European ports have yet to see any difference in their ship call, because the ships stuck in the Suez weren’t scheduled to show up until later this week — or even early next week, in the case of The Port of Antwerp.


“Once the ships sail towards Western European ports, there will probably be a peak of traffic in all those ports,” Antwerp Port Authority Corporate Communication Advisor Annelies Oeyen said in an email. “There will be an impact on our port, but it is still too early to judge how small or large this impact will be.”


The time between when ships were scheduled to arrive and when they actually do will provide ports a lull in their operations, according to BIMCO Shipping Analyst Emily Hannah Stausbøll.