Inland barges are facing longer delays loading and unloading at Rotterdam and Antwerp with no sign of an early easing of congestion, the Journal of Commerce reports.
Barges are having to wait up to 96 hours to process their cargoes at Antwerp due to the large number of ships calling at the Belgian port and the shortage of workers during the vacation season, according to Contargo, a leading European barge and rail operator.
As for port of Rotterdam, barges are facing delays of between 36 and 96 hours at some port terminals, particularly APM Terminals’ two facilities at Europe’s largest container port, due to a cyberattack on the parent Maersk Group last week, which caused the terminal’s closure.
Please be guided accordingly. RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation and provide more updates once available.