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Evergreen Drops Los Angeles And Oakland Ports Due to Shipping Delays

Monday, November 17th


Big News Network.com Sunday 16th November, 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan Evergreen, the major Taiwanese container shipping company and one of the top ten shipping lines in the world, is dropping Los Angeles and Oakland port calls from its westbound US East Coast to North Asia service due to berthing delays and congestion.

"These changes are necessary to preserve schedule integrity," Evergreen said in a customer advisory over the weekend.

The last westbound NUE vessel calling at Los Angeles and Oakland will be the Ever Dainty, with an estimated time of arrival in Los Angeles on December 14th, and Oakland on December 16th. The Ever Dynamic and Ever Laguna will omit Los Angeles and Oakland calls from their westbound NUE port rotations.

The port rotation for the westbound NUE service has until now been: Charleston, South Carolina; Baltimore; Norfolk, Virginia; New York; Colon, Panama; Panama Canal; Los Angeles; Oakland; Tokyo; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Hong Kong; Yantian, Ningbo and Shanghai, China. The service will now omit its Los Angeles and Oakland port calls.

The Marine Exchange of Southern California reports that six to twelve container ships are at anchor off Los Angeles on any given day, significantly more than less congested ports where container ships usually proceed directly to berth with no wait at anchor.

Evergreen says it will maintain the vital connections between Los Angeles and Oakland and Tokyo with its CPS service, currently calling at Los Angeles and Oakland to North China. Tokyo will be introduced as its first port of call into Asia. According to Evergreen, the new port rotation for CPS, or China-South U.S. West Coast-China, service will be: Los Angeles; Oakland; Tokyo; Qingdao, Shanghai and Ningbo, China.

Evergreen was one of six carriers over the weekend to announce the implementation of port congestion surcharges on cargo moving via US West Coast ports, signaling the extent to which carriers are being hit financially by the worst US port congestion in years.

"Evergreen has been exercising our best efforts in mitigating the impacts toward our service level and shipside operation," the carrier said in its congestion surcharge announcement to customers. "However, without foreseeable relief in sight, we are forced to trigger congestion charge collection."

Any container ship, like an airliner, becomes a cost centre rather than a generator of revenue when it is idle. A ship at anchor still uses bunker fuel for the generators, staff still need to be paid and other operational costs are still incurred, while the shipping company earns loses out on the opportunity to carry more cargo in the same amount of time.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting your Western Overseas representative.


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