MSC diverting India, Pakistan - Europe service from delay hit Felixstowe

MSC has become the latest line to divert one of its services away from the Port of Felixstowe as disruption and delays continue at the UK port following the introduction of a new terminal operating system in June.

MSC, and its vessel sharing agreement partners, are switching their IPAK service from calling at Felixstowe to London Gateway.

Noting the service interruptions at Felixstowe the container line said: “MSC has therefore been implementing a number of contingency measures to ease the impact of these interruptions on our customers.”

In this case calls at Felixstowe by the IPAK service are suspended from Week 36 with the vessel MSC Athos calling London Gateway on 9 September instead of Felixstowe. Transit times will remain the same.

While the Port of Felixstowe is reporting some improvements in the operations of its nGen terminal operating system container lines are temporarily shifting services from the UK port fed up with months of delays.

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Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) recently diverted its North Europe – Turkey (NET) service to Southampton.

In July Maersk Line diverted one of its transatlantic services with MSC and its COEX service to the Port of Liverpool for 12 weeks from Felixstowe.

Posted 04 September 2018

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Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News