Regional Updates in Europe

Last updated on June 2, 2023

Operational and Customer Service Overview

Last updated on June 2, 2023
Operations Team, Europe

"We understand that time is a valuable commodity. That's why our operational updates are designed to be brief, yet informative. In just two minutes, we can guide you through the main port updates and vessel news per service to assist with your cargo planning. We regularly update our information on this page, and twice a month, we'll remind you via email."

  • You can find the latest information in the sections below

Vessel updates and port changes per service

No updates for this week.

Antwerp, Belgium

  • PSA: Yard utilization at quay 913 between 75% – 80%. 869’s yard on an operational level of 65% – 70%. Empty storage area on both terminals between 50% – 55%. 869 with reduced yard capacity and berth capacity due to ongoing construction work but focus on vessels is increasing productivity. Due to ongoing bollards works at 913 slightly reduced berth capacity. No major operational impact. Terminal with good operations and high productivity. Increase yard due to the May public holiday period which resulted in additional gate closures.
  • AGW: Yard level at 70% – 75%. Reefer plug capacity at 45% – 50%. Empty storage 60% - 65%. Terminal received 3 new gantry cranes currently undergoing testing and will be available for full operations during the summer.
  • All ANR terminals still have export delivery restrictions in place. Gates for export cargo delivery will be opened only 7 days before vessel ETA.

Rotterdam, Netherlands

  • Europe Container Terminals (ECT): Yard level slightly elevated compared to previous week at 65% – 70%. Terminal is keeping to the positive trend and continues with good, resilient operations. SOU cargo opening time for the acceptance of export cargo is 10 days in advance of vessels ETA. All vessels with berth on arrival and call advancement possible.
  • Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG): Yard utilization between 45% – 50%. Reefer stacks with 45% – 50%. Terminal remains with good operations and open capacity. Busy line-up this week but all vessels with a berth window. Due to ongoing pier extension works 20m less quay space available but with no impact to operations. Sunk Pilot Station closed on Tuesday due to swells, but all traffic was diverted via Dover Pilot Station. Closure with minimal impact to operations

United Kingdom

  • Southampton Port (SOU): Yard level almost unchanged to previous week at 55% – 60%. Terminal kept to the positive trend and continues with good, resilient operations. Full labour availability. SOU cargo opening time for the acceptance of export cargo is 10 days in advance of vessels ETA. All vessels with berth on arrival and call advancement possible.
  • London Gateway Port (LGP): Yard utilization between 50% – 55%. Reefer stacks with 45% – 50%. Terminal remains with good operations and open capacity. Busy line-up this week but all vessels with a berth window. Due to ongoing pier extension works 20m less quay space available but with no impact to operations.
  • Both terminals will remain with regular operation over the Pentecost weekend.

Hamburg, Germany 

  • Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA): Yard averaging between 85% – 90% on an elevated operational level. Yard increased due to the Pentecost closure and subsequent reduced pick-up. Terminal is seeing a very busy line-up after the Pentecost closure currently all berths are planned with back-to-back vessels, but all vessels with a berth window and easing of line-up by next week. Terminal with good operations during this challenging period.
  • Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB): Average yard utilization increased to 65% – 70%. Terminal with free capacity, all newly renovated automatic stacks back in operation. Berth line-up with gaps but good vessel distribution.

G.M.P. Le Havre, France

  • CNMP/GMP/TNMSC: No strikes announced for WK 22. Strike actions confirmed for 06/07/08 of June with 4 hours of operational stoppages per day. Impact expected to be minimal. Terminal continuing to recover from the strike period with a positive trend. Yards are reducing and vessel congestion is nullified. In line with the reduced yard the productivity is noticeably increasing. CNMP yard occupancy stand again on a low level of 55% - 60%. Truck slots still recovering.

Italy 

  • Genoa PSA GP due to yard congestion, the restriction for empty containers gate in is in place to ensure a smoother delivery of import laden containers. Infor related to Vessel cut-off are always available on the PSAGP web portal 
  • Genoa GPT terminal: gate restrictions in place for the export of DG and reefer cargo due to IMO park limitations.
  • La Spezia, LSCT export of laden containers fully reinstated, however, restrictions might be applied to container-acceptance for DG/OOG/RF cargo.
  • Salerno, SCT Terminal cranes breakdown could cause possible delays in vessel operations/ schedule proforma.
  • Venice - Venezia VECON Terminal REFEER area is currently congested, Terminal is only accepting reefer cargo for the first vessel.

Adriatic Sea / Black Sea / Levante / Northern Africa 

  • Greece
    Terminal congested with consistent delays of mainliners. During the past 7 days terminal deployed 22xQC per shift and operated simultaneously 9x vessels on average by using all working positions. Terminal usually prioritizes the ML and is targeting to offer them the agreed window berth for those coming on pro-forma, however the waiting time prior berth varies between 8-32hrs. For Feeder vessels the waiting times between 24-48hrs since we have always 4-5x under operation inside the terminal and similar volume of vessels waiting outside the port.

  • Türkiye
  • Deliveries to Iskenderun have been resumed. There is a feeder in place to transfer the containers from Egypt to Iskenderun. 
  • Mersin terminal congested with 85 hours waiting time.
  • Istanbul Kumpot Terminal - wait around 36 hours
  • Marport: waiting time 72 hours

  • Romania
    Beginning with March 6, 2023 terminal will start the refurbishment project of one of Quay Gantry Cranes (QGC). Project will take around 2 months. With maximum 2xQGC deployed on all vessels during mentioned works, we expect slight delays in operations.

Spain / Portugal

  • Portugal - strike expected affecting tug and pilot services that are mandatory for vessels sailing into the port of Lisbon. Therefore, operational disruptions expected.
    1st period: From 00.00 hrs of 25/05 till 24.00 hrs of 26/05
    2nd period: From 00.00 hrs of 30/05 till 24.00 hrs of 01/06
    3rd period: From 00.00 hrs till 24.00 hrs of the 05/09/12/16/19/23/26/ and 30 June 2023.APMT Barcelona - 24h waiting time
  • APMT Valencia - dredging works

    North (Poland, Denmark, Sweden and Finland)

  • No update for this week.

Germany & Central Europe

  • Construction work on the high-speed line Kassel - Fulda from 17.04. - 09.12. - Traffic will be rerouted, in some parts with longer routes and running times.
  • Modernization of the railroad line between Bremen – Bremerhaven from 30.05. - 23.06.2023 - Delays in the provision of shipments from/to Bremerhaven expected.
  • Between 27.05 13:00 and 30.05 16:00 railroad construction is planned for the approach tracks into the Hamburg harbor.
  • Prenotice for combined rail, rail and direct truck currently needed: 7-10 days.
  • Due to construction works on the Gabacsi railway bridge between May 2023 and Aug 2023 delays may occur at the Metrans Budapest terminal.
  • To see the latest updates on Inland Ramp Traffic, head over to our capacity overview with weekly data.

Benelux

  • No updates for the week.

France

  • Inland storage facilities around the ports are congested – Especially TDF (Booking stop for exports by truck)
  • Limited rail capacity for Valeton and Bordeaux-Fos sur mer
  • Potential strike for next week Tuesday to Thursday ( 4 hours by day) - Not finally confirmed.

United Kingdom/Ireland

  • Rail services in/out of Southampton disrupted due to track damage at Nuneham Viaduct (Didcot) - Route diversions are now in place for all Southampton traffic and full-service schedule remains in place.

Adriatic Sea / Black Sea / Levante / Northern Africa

  • No updates for this week.

Ukraine/Russia updates:

  • Please visit general updates here, and the FAQ in this link.

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