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Supply crisis: Maersk diverts large cargo ships from UK as HGV container backlog fills Felix Stowport

Supermarkets are looking for alternative ways to bring food to the UK as ships are diverted from the UK’s main port due to congestion.

The British retail consortium said a “further disruption” to China’s supply could be inevitable, while the world’s largest container shipping company, Maersk, said it was removing large ships because Britain’s main ports were a block. ۔

Crowds are available due to a shortage of HGV drivers to move unloaded containers to free up space.

During a visit to an HGV training center near Oldham in Greater Manchester, Labor leader Sir Kerr Starmer said the shortage was “absolutely predictable”.

“We knew when we left the EU that we would need Plan B for drivers, we knew there would be an impact from an epidemic, and here we are in the midst of a crisis and we have Gone, what? A prime minister who is missing in action.

Maersk says it has launched a major shipping route away from the port of Felix Stowe in Suffolk, which is a gateway for 36% of the country’s shipping containers. Instead, goods destined for the UK are being shipped on smaller ships, delaying delivery.

Lars Michael Hansen, head of the World Maritime Network in Marsk, said. Financial Times. On Monday: “We had to suspend operations on a ship because there was nowhere to unload the containers.

Felix Stowe is one of the two or three most affected terminals. [globally]. We have to remove some large ships from Felix Stowe and relay some small ships for cargo.

He added: “We did it for a while in the summer and now we’re starting to do it again.”

The congestion at Felix Stowe is another consequence of a shortage of HGV drivers, the British Retail Consortium said on Tuesday. Andrew OP, director of food and sustainability, explained: “As cargo cannot be removed so quickly, there is a backlog of containers at ports preventing new ships from docking and unloading.”

The organization, which mostly counts high street retailers and supermarkets as members, said: “Retailers are working with suppliers to reduce problems, including bringing good to the country. Finding an alternative, but more obstacles may be necessary. ”

He demanded the government to extend the temporary visa scheme to increase the number of HGV drivers available.

The UK Port Operators’ Trade Authority also said on Tuesday that some ports were managing storage space with “short-term restrictions”.

Tim Morris, chief executive of the UK’s Major Ports Group, said: “As the UK’s gateway to 95% of trade, there is a shortage of sandwiches between growing ports, volatility and the UK supply chain.”

He said that the ports are now operating 24/7 and the capacity of trucks has been increased to help reduce the pressure.

He added: “Therefore, ports have to manage access to storage space in highly dynamic conditions. This could mean some very limited short-term restrictions.

Trade magazine, Grocer.It has been reported that many shipping containers at Felix Stowe are now spending about 10 days at the port before being assembled, which is four and a half days above the normal average.

Tesco has already said it has increased the use of rail freight to reduce the impact of driver shortages on stock.

Chief executive Ken Murphy said the supermarket had set a target of delivering 90,000 40-foot containers a year by train by the end of 2021, up from about 65,000 at present.

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