Hipping giant Maersk has said it is turning ships away from UK ports because of the build-up of cargo.
It has started remotely re-routing its container ships felixtov The UK’s largest commercial port, using smaller vessels to unload elsewhere in Europe before eventually receiving deliveries to the UK, financial Times informed of.
Lars Mikel Jensen, Head of the Global Ocean Network at Maersk, said, hgv Driver shortage has slowed down the time taken for emptying and lifting of containers.
“We had to stop operations on a ship because there was nowhere to discharge the containers,” he said.
“Felixstow is one of the top two or three most hit terminals.
“We have to take some of the larger ships away from Felixstow and relay some smaller ships for cargo.
“We did it for a while over the summer and now we’re starting to do it again.”
The backlog at Felixstow, which accounts for 36 per cent of UK freight container volumes, will further raise concerns about how the UK industry will deal with the key Christmas period.
Mr Jensen also warned that this could mean that retailers are forced to prioritize what they ship with in order to cope with congestion.
Lorry driver shortages have contributed to the disruption at UK ports.
and on a visit to an HGV training center near Oldham in Greater Manchester, Labor leaders head Keer starrer Said the shortfall was “absolutely farsighted”.
Speaking to broadcasters, he said: “We need to get drivers back on the road as soon as possible because we have already seen the impact on fuel in recent weeks.
“Now we are seeing the impact in childbirth and it is going to go on for weeks and months into Christmas.
“And I think everyone would be saying that we need to do something about it, we need to get that training.
“But for heaven’s sake, it was predicted, it was absolutely far-sighted, and the government did not respond.
“We knew when we left the EU that we would need a plan B regarding drivers, we knew there would be an impact because of the pandemic, and here we are in the middle of a crisis and we’ve got, what? a Prime minister who is missing in action.”
Sites elsewhere around the world have also suffered significant delays.
Retailers have highlighted particular issues in China and East Asia, where pandemic restrictions and inclement weather conditions have affected shipping.