Port of Felixstowe Operational Update
The Port of Felixstowe, like other major container ports worldwide, is still experiencing a spike in container volumes and dealing with the consequences of the ongoing Covid pandemic. In addition we have had a high number of slow moving containers of PPE occupying storage space. The current high volumes will last at least into December and possibly through into the New Year but we are working hard to minimise the impact on daily operations and to maintain vital supply chains. The latest update on the current situation is as follows:
- The port is fully operational. In the week to 15.11.2020 we handled 70,408 TEU across the quay, 19,119 TEU to/from rail, and 31,835 containers to/from road vehicles
- 95% of import containers are available for collection within 10 minutes of discharge from the vessel
- We are increasing resource, 104 additional equipment drivers plus a number of engineers in support roles are being recruited and trained. We are continuing recruitment through the latest lockdown.
- We have been working with the Government's principle forwarder to remove PPE containers as quickly as possible. Volumes have reduced significantly since the peak and should all be cleared within 4 weeks.
- Onsite private Covid testing continues for the benefit of employees and household members but which also maximises labour availability
- Both container terminals are now open on Sundays for road collections/deliveries. Shipside operations remain 24/7
- Each shipping line has an agreed empty storage capacity. The receipt of empty containers is managed on a line-by-line basis. If a line exceeds its empty storage capacity receipt of empty containers for that line are temporarily suspended until sufficient empties are removed. Empty containers are currently being received for 90% of customers
- In the week to 15.11.2020, there were 4,563 VBS slots available every weekday
- In the week to 15.11.2020 a total of 26,356 VBS bookings were available of which 7,240 went unused (3,565 at Trinity, 3,675 at Berths 8&9). More information is available here.
- There are fewer VBS bookings 06:00-07:00 and 18:00-19:00 in order to clean machinery at shift changeover. The protection of our employees and port users remains our No.1 priority
- In the week to 15.11.2020, the average turnaround times for hauliers were 45.38 minutes at Trinity Terminal and 39.55 minutes at Berths 8&9.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding
15 November 2020