OCEAN TERMINAL AND INLAND CONGESTION FORCES RIVER BARGES TO STORE BOXES

2021-11-08

Barges are being turned into floating storage platforms to alleviate pressures on Northern Europe?s Ocean
terminals, as inland waterway operators report surging congestion. Wait times at Rotterdam have sky-rocketed
over the past week to almost seven days, masking a positive start to a month in which delays on inland services hit a near-five-year low around the 40-hour mark.
OCEAN TERMINAL AND INLAND CONGESTION FORCES RIVER BARGES TO STORE BOXES
But on Friday, they informed customers wait times for barge handling had hit 163 hours for Rotterdam and 43
hours for Antwerp, but failed to explain the cause. The cause is two-fold obviously, ocean-side congestion is
having a knock-on impact, with yards and terminals well over capacity, in terms of storage, and now refusing to
accept new boxes without evacuation of the backlog. Barge owners are now being called in to fill their vessels with some 400 teu of empties and find a way of connecting these to ocean carriers for evacuation.

Via: The Load Star