There were no reports of any attacks yesterday. The UKMTO did receive a report of two small craft approaching a merchant vessel to within 0.5NM-1NM, approximately 50NM South East of Al Mukha, Yemen. No weapons were sighted and vessel and crew are safe. Authorities are investigating.
With almost all vessels being rerouted now around the Cape of Good Hope, our teams are keeping customers informed of the latest vessel ETAs and advising them of the impacts to their shipments.
Equipment: Carriers continue to experience localised shortages of equipment, but our team in China is reporting that equipment availability looks okay at the moment. The equipment situation is expected to become tighter by the end of January (week 4 and 5), as Chinese New Year approaches.
Space / Blank sailings
Vessels due to depart in the second half of the month are nearing capacity, so space is tight and will get tighter as vessels are unable to get back to Asia as scheduled. The latest information we have indicates an average capacity reduction of 30% across all three shipping alliances. This may lead to an increase in blank sailings as we approach the Chinese New Year period (10 Feb 2024).
Preparing for future bookings
Suppliers should be making their booking as early as possible – at least 3-4 weeks before vessel departure. We expect scheduling challenges to continue to be a problem over the next few months, so please plan ahead.
Our team is here to help. Please get in contact to discuss your specific situation or get the latest on the disruption.