Shipping vessels skip Auckland as cargo congestion continues

A shipping line is diverting one of its regular services away from Auckland because of its massive port cargo snarl-up.

The congestion is causing gaps to appear on shelves, as retailers wait for stock to be unloaded at Ports of Auckland, the country's main gateway for sea freight.

In response, shipping lines are getting creative. Major shipping line Maersk has just announced that one of its regular services to Auckland, the OC1, will skip Auckland for the next 11 weeks.

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OC1, which links New Zealand with the US east coast, was being diverted because of continued port congestion and delayed vessel berthing in New Zealand.

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Simon Beale, of the Council of Cargo Owners, said Maersk's decision would keep it on schedule, and 'also it might give Auckland a chance to get back on target as well'.

The shipping line said it would continue to serve Auckland in taking export cargo by rail to Tauranga.

New Zealand's cargo problems are related to a global surge in demand for goods and factory supply issues due to Covid.

As a result, shipping lines have been changing tack to meet demand and shipping containers are locationally out of balance around the globe.

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