While global port congestion is not new to the industry, Drewry Maritime Advisors report the current state of gridlock is becoming critical.
“Tight capacity management and increased blank sailings by carriers,” is part of the problem,” says Drewry. “The pandemic-led lockdowns has further disrupted global trade.
“Across the supply chain, container shipping alliances were the fastest to respond – curtailing services on certain routes or cancelling (blanking) port calls,” Drewry adds. “This has disturbed the containers demand and availability equilibrium at ports.”