Ocean Carrier Diversions: Suez & Panama
YML/CMA/Hapag/HMM/Maersk/MSC/ONE/Evergreen: Vessels currently or potentially sailing through high-risk maritime area, will initiate an immediate diversion around the Cape of Good Hope, or vessels will hold and wait in a safe location.
Not only are eastbound vessels to the United States impacted, but westbound vessels back to Asia have been temporary re-routed. These changes in routing will cause schedules to extend out 4-6 weeks. Space throughout the end of this year and into January will remain tight. BOC suggests that our clients place bookings as far in advance as possible or provide a forecast as far out as possible. Compounding this space crunch is the coming Chinese New Year (February 10th, 2024) shipping surge as most factories will shut down by February 5th.
Below are the latest carrier announcements regarding their plans to handle the ongoing shipping crisis. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your local BOC representative.