Port Said City, Egypt Disruptions

Update 10 – March 14, 2013 / 0937 hrs (09:37am):

  • The terminal in Port Said, SCCT/EGPSD has resumed operations and normal shift pattern/rotation has been reestablished this morning
  • Priority now is to promote stability in the Maersk Line network soonest possible
  • Subsequently, priority has been on maintaining a full eastbound cycle to the extent possible, supporting the current eastbound flows being seen in the network

Update 9 – March 13, 2013 / 0843 hrs (08:43am):

  • Operations stopped yesterday afternoon in Port Said SCCT as a result of a dispute between different group workers and SCCT
  • All operations in the terminal are currently on hold
  • As a result of the current disruptions to the operations in SCCT Port Said, Maersk Line and our VSA partners have taken the following actions in order to preserve the integrity of our network and maintain our ability to operate in the short and medium term:
    • Sagitta (Voyage 1305):
      • Vessel is alongside – commenced operations yesterday morning but stopped in the afternoon
      • Sailing deadline has been established for this evening
    • Nedlloyd Tasman (Voyage 1304):
      • Vessel sailed from Port Said without cargo operations and proceeds to Malta
      • Port Said Import/Discharge cargo will be discharged in Malta
      • Export cargo will be transferred to next ME2 Westbound Service on the Maersk Semakau (Voyage 1304)
    • Nedlloyd Asia (Voyage 1304):
      • Vessel omits Port Said
      • Vessel will proceed to Damietta
      • Port Said Import/Discharge cargo will be discharged in Damietta
      • Export cargo will be transferred to next ME2 Westbound Service on the Nedlloyd America (Voyage 1306)
    • CMA CGM Fidelio (Voyage 435W):
      • As per operator decision, vessel sailed from Port Said without cargo operations and proceeds directly to Malta
      • Port Said Import/Discharge cargo will be discharged in Malta
      • Export cargo will be transferred to next AE20 Service on the CMA CGM Titus (Voyage 439W)

Update 8 – March 10, 2013 / 0818 hrs (08:18am):

  • The terminal in Port Said (SCCT/EGPSD) has resumed operations and normal shift pattern/rotation has been reestablished
  • Situation remains fluid and continuity in operations cannot be guaranteed, however no immediate disruptions are expected
  • General situation in Port Said City is calm and access to/from SCCT EGPSD Port Said Terminal remains unblocked

Update 7 – March 8, 2013 / 0459 hrs (04:59am):

  • Clashes between protestors and Security Forces in Port Said City have intensified, leading to disruptions of the access to/from Port Said Terminal SCCT/EGPSD, and subsequent labor availability
  • Situation remains fluid but currently the duration of the disruption is not known
  • This shortage of resources has forced Maersk Line and our VSA Partners to take immediate action to preserve the integrity of our Network and Cargo Flows in SCCT EGPSD Port Said
  • In order to maintain network stability, and maintain our ability to operate in the short and medium term, the following contingency actions have been taken:
  • Maersk Kleven (Voyage 1303):
      • Omits Port Said
      • Vessel will proceed directly to Damietta
      • Port Said Import/Discharge cargo will be discharged in Damietta
      • Cargo to Middle East will be loaded on the NL Drake (Voyage 1305)
      • Export cargo will be re-routed to next vessel CMA CGM Corneille (Voyage 900E)
    • Nedlloyd Drake (Voyage 1305):
      • Omits Port Said
      • Vessel will proceed directly to Damietta
      • Port Said Import/Discharge cargo will be discharged in Damietta
      • Export cargo will be re-routed to next vessel NL Mercator (Voyage 1305)

Update 6 – February 25, 2013 / 0921 hrs (09:21am):

  • Port Said Terminal SCCT/EGPSD has resumed operations this morning; no gangs arrived yesterday for night shift
  • There is no indication whether this situation is temporary or permanent
  • Vessels currently alongside will be operated in priority and same will apply to vessels currently at Port Said anchorage
  • Maersk Madrid (voyage 1304) Port Said port omission has been confirmed
    • Vessel will be induced at Malta
    • Port Said import/discharge cargo will be sicharged in Malta
    • Export cargo will be re-routed to the following westbound Maersk Iowa (voyage 1304)

Update 5 – February 21, 2013 / 1236 hrs (12:36pm):

  • Operations have been suspended in Port Said Terminal since February 19, 2013
  • Root cause is lack of labor availability as protestors continue to block access to SCCT EGPSD Port Said Terminal
  • To maintain network stability and maintain our ability to operate in the short and medium term, the following contingency has been decided for the MECL2 Service’s Maersk Danang (Voyage 1303):
    • Port Said will be omitted
    • Vessel will proceed to Malta
    • Port Said import/discharge cargo will be discharged in Malta
    • Export cargo would be re-routed to the following MECL2 (Voyage 1303) Maersk Ohio

Update 4 – January 31, 2013 / 0116 hrs (01:16am):

  • Terminal productivity is improving
  • Gate customs are on site
  • Gate operations started at 0945 hrs and closed at 1700 hrs local time
  • Customers were able to release full import boxes and empty export boxes to 1700 hrs
  • Suez Canal Container Terminal has been operating with stable levels of productivity for the past 24-36 hours; similar sustainable levels are expected tonight and tomorrow
  • Productivity has been stable due to improved gang (labor availability and terminal resources) with similar levels expected for the following 24-36 hours

Update 3 – January 30, 2013 / 1005 hrs (10:05am):

  • Egypt is in a state of unrest.  Protesters in Port Said subsequent to the conviction of 21 soccer fans to a death sentence for their role in the deaths of 74 soccer fans of a rival team in February 2012 has caused Egypt to declare a state of emergency in the Suez Canal area
  • This is affecting all the cities alongside Suez Canal
  • At this time, Suez Canal operations are unaffected
  • Violence has been directed against government offices, officials, and police attempting to disperse demonstrators
  • Frequent violations of curfew noted; violence has been limited to confrontation between curfew breakers and government officials (police and army) trying to enforce curfew
  • There is no increased perception of risk to foreign nationals

Current port situation in Egypt is as follows:

Suez:

  • There is no current effect on Suez vessel movements
  • Suez Canal Transits are continuing uninterrupted as usual at this stage.  Vessel convoy transits are as per normal under supervision by Egyptian Military and Navy
  • The Military has entered the city to safeguard state organizations and institutions, as well as to restore general order; demonstrations are expected to continue
  • Most governmental authorites, banks, and shops are not working
  • Spare parts delivery are taking place as per normal
  • Port is fully operational
  • CTM delivery during ship transiting canal is taking place as required

Port Said:

  • All governmental authorities are closed, including banks
  • Custom gates are still closed
  • Suez Canal Transits are continuing uninterrupted as usual at this stage; vessel convoy transits are as per normal under supervision by Egyptian Military and Navy
  • SCCT terminal operation operated with approximately 60-80% capacity
  • There is some disruption to parts delivery
  • There is some interruption to crew change
  • Port is fully operational
  • CTM delivery is taking place as required

Alexandria:

  • The situation is calm, however demonstrations are expected for the balance of this week
  • Most of the roads are safe for transportation
  • Banks are fully operative
  • Port is fully operative
  • Industries and factories are conducting business as per normal, with the exception of early closure so that staff members can avoid demonstration action
  • Spare parts deliveries are taking place as per normal
  • Crew changes are taking place as per normal
  • CTM delivery as per normal

Update 2 – January 29, 2013 / 1024 hrs (10:24am):

  • Situation has improved
  • Gates are open and working
  • Customs is operating
  • Confident to resume normal operations beginning Friday, if no further disruptions

Update 1 – January 28, 2013 / 1521 hrs (03:21pm):

  • Social unrest started in the Port Said area during the end of last week
  • The Egyptian government has declared a state of emergency in the cities of Port Said, Suez, and Ismalia for a period of 30 days, including curfew from 2100-0600 hrs every day
  • Armed forces tightened its control on the vital installations in the city
  • Terminal operation is largely unaffected
  • Terminal does not face any immediate threats
  • Main challenge at this stage is availability of staff
  • Customers cannot gate-out empty boxes due to customs officials missing
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