COVID-19 Impact: Ocean Transportation

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As a Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC), we offer the flexibility of routing options, booking management solutions, and work with top echelon ocean carriers to secure competitive pricing to help customers seize global opportunities to keep supply chains moving forward. 

The expansive BDP Global Network provides end-to-end shipment visibility, with our global team of experts readily available at the local level to intervene with any specific destination issues to keep your world moving. We recognize that the world looks very different now, and this new reality requires insight, global capabilities and flexible partners to support the evolving complex supply chain requirements. 

In this site, you will find everything you need to know about the ocean transportation industry’s shift back to regularly scheduled sailings, normalized capacity, and stabilized equipment availability. 

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Trade Lane Status:

Updated: October 29, 2020


Impacted Trade Lanes:

Updated: October 29, 2020


Global Equipment Dashboard

For optimal viewing experience, please select the 'full screen mode' icon found on the tool bar below the dashboard.

The Global Equipment Dashboard provides traffic light visibility to BDP Transport’s current container levels.

How to use the dashboard:

  • The counter at the top includes totals from the Johns Hopkins Dataset available for download on the Github site for their Coronavirus Dashboard.  That data is updated once daily at 11:59 (UST).
    • Click on any item in the grid or in the map to filter by that country.
  • Hold down “Ctrl” and click on multiple countries in the map or grid to compare how the disease is progressing in different places.
  • There are two map options available at the top center of the map. 
    • By Port shows a map of port statuses around the world. 
    • Heatmap shows a map where countries are colored by Infection Rate.  The darker red the country is, the faster COVID-19 is spreading there. 
  • The Trend Line chart shows how the daily total case count for each country.
    • The green vertical line in the chart marks the current day.  The data points to the right of it are predictions generated by a SARIMA time series model for the next 7 days.
    • See what the next week is looking like in terms of how much more the virus will spread, possibly affecting port status and supply chains.
    • The time series models are fitted and validated individually for each port’s country (parameters will vary by country).
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Recent Ocean Transportation Updates

Week of September 21, 2020

Australia: Sydney's Port Botany is facing severe congestion and backlogs at the port, causing some vessels to divert the port altogether and ocean carriers enforcing port congestion surcharges of approximately $300 per 20' and $600 per 40'. 

Week of July 6, 2020

No updates to report at this time.

Week of June 1, 2020

India: We are closely monitoring Cyclone Nisarga as it makes expected landfall near Nhava Sheva and bracing for impact on port operations.

Maersk and MSC: Extending the suspension of their AE2/Swan Asia-North Europe and AE20/Dragon Asia-Mediterranean loops.

Week of May 11, 2020

South Africa: Sea ports are operational, with cargo now being able to be delivered to final destination without special registration by consignee. We’re seeing congestion and shortage of truck availability due to high volume of cargo stored and having to be delivered.

Week of April 20, 2020

Singapore: Announces additional extension of 'circuit-breaker' through June 1. Ports and airports still operational.

April 14, 2020

India: Lockdown extended until May 3, ports and CFS are exempted from lockdown however operating with limited resources for vessel loading and offloading at the terminals. Cargo movement in and out of terminals/CFS are operating with limited resources. Primarily these are focused on essential goods.

April 10, 2020

Hapag-LLoyd: Due to the lockdown imposed by the Government of Bangladesh to fight the coronavirus outbreak, the slowdown in the clearance of imports has resulted in terminals & CFS’ becoming congested. Congestion is resulting in reduced space to discharge imports and notably reduced availability of reefer plugs.

April 8, 2020

Brazil: Government quarantine has been extended through April 30. Ports are operating with minimal delays but imports and exports for essential cargo continue.

April 1, 2020

India: Ports are operating with minimal labor crews, but imports and exports for essential cargo continue. Carriers are beginning blank sailings for the region since life-saving essential equipment is taking priority. This is expected through at least April 14.

March 26, 2020

South Africa: 21-day lockdown in effect. Only essential cargo will be permitted at the ports. 

March 25, 2020

New Zealand: Transportation and ancillary services such as customs and other border agencies remain operational. There may be delays due to reduced vehicle capacity and the priority to move food and medicinal goods.

India: Seaports are operating with limited resources for vessel and loading and offloading at the terminal. Cargo movement in and out from terminal is only permitted for essential cargo as stipulated.

March 24, 2020

Vanguard: Offices are fully functional (except Wuhan), all warehouses, ports, and transporters are also working. This includes all countries or US states which have declared various ‘lockdown’ directives, the warehouse operations are considered essential services and exempt from closure. 

March 23, 2020

India: Major ports Nhava Sheva and Mundra are at a standstill with regard to EXIM container movements as the local traffic and authorities are not allowing truck movement unless they are for emergency life savings items. All CFS under this port vicinity also has been asked to close down operations. Other ports like Hazira, Chennai, Kolkata are operating with limited resources and at any time these ports will also be asked to cater only essential and lifesaving products service. 

The situation is rapidly evolving. Carriers are releasing new alerts daily. For a full running list of industry updates, please click here.

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