COSCO cuts Felixstowe amid labor shortage frustrations
COSCO Container Lines has decided to stop calls at the Port of Felixstowe in the United Kingdom on its weekly North China Express (NCX) service in the Asia/North Europe trade due to frustration at labor shortages that are delaying operations at the Hutchison-operated port, reports Cargonews Asia.
“We are fed up with the continuing delays, and the port needs to urgently address its labor shortage problem,” a spokesman for COSCO told Cargonews Asia.
The NCX is part of the CKYH Alliance (COSCO, “K” Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin Shipping) network of services and uses eight vessels — all operated by COSCO — including five of 9,449 TEUs and three of 8,200 TEUs. The revised port rotation is now Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dalian, Qingdao, Ningbo, Singapore and Rotterdam.
Details of the revised service is now available from ComPair Data, American Shipper’s affiliated database for global liner services, at http://www.compairdata.com.