Queues pile up, Danish cargo company diverts ships from British ports

Danish freight forwarder AP Moller-Maersk said on Tuesday (12/10) it had diverted its ships from Britain’s largest container port, Felixstowe, due to congestion, as the latest impact of the various crises that hit the UK in recent times. This end.

The UK has previously suffered from uncontrollable fuel prices, experienced a number of shortages of goods, and encountered problems in fuel delivery due to a shortage of fuel truck drivers. Experts estimate that post-Brexit immigration controls and the COVID-19 pandemic may be the cause of the crisis that hit the country.

Felixstowe, in eastern England, was devastated by Maersk’s decision, causing the company to divert one of its ships a week from the two or three ships that normally stop at the British port.

A spokesman for the company said the ships, each carrying thousands of containers, were now being directed to European ports such as Rotterdam and Antwerp.

The cargo would then be loaded onto smaller vessels which could dock at other ports in the UK or at Felixstowe when space started to become available there. The spokesman said Maersk was committed to sending goods to the UK for Black Friday and Christmas later.

Maersk Representative Lars Mikael Jensen said the shortage of truck drivers had slowed the movement of containers at Felixstowe, which handles more than a third of the volume of containers entering the UK.

“We had to divert some of the larger ships from Felixstowe and deploy smaller ships to carry cargo,” he said. “We did it for a while during the summer, and now we’re starting to do it again,” Jensen added. (lt/ka)

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