Congestion at the port of Manila prompts Maersk to offer alternative calls


Maersk Line has announced the launch of a new weekly service to Subic, Philippines, in response to ongoing congestion at the Port of Manilla.

“With port calls in Subic, Manila and Batangas, we now have three weekly port calls in Luzon, which provides our customers with multiple options to choose from,” said Erry Hardianto, Managing Director of Maersk Line Philippines.

The port of Manila, Philippines, struggled for much of last year due to surging imports and a ban on trucking in Metro Manila. Although the most severe limitations on trucking movements to and from terminals have now been removed, dwell times at major terminals are currently running at up to two weeks and vessel delays are frequent.

Maersk introduced a congestion surcharge at Manila in October due to the increase in vessel turnarounds times.

The diversion of traffic from Manila was also causing congestion in the final quarter of 2014 at the port of Batangas which is located 80 km south of the capital.

“Despite the congestion, we have seen strong growth in volumes last year, and growing potential in the manufacturing and electronics sectors,” said Hardianto. “We want to offer more products to our customers to support them and to facilitate increasing trade from the Philippines.”

The new weekly service to Subic, which is located over 100km north-west from Manila in the Philippines, is part of Maersk’s IA4 intra-Asia loop which also calls at Yantian port in China where it links in to Maersk Line’s mother vessel services to Europe, the US and other parts of the world.

“As such, Philippines exporters can also use Subic port as an alternative to Manila,” said Maersk. “This will also allow Philippines importers to get their cargo faster as the IA4 service will call at Subic after Tanjung Pelepas and Singapore, which are the two main transhipment hub ports for Maersk Line in South-East Asia.”

The full rotation of the IA4 service is as follows: Vostochny-Busan -Kwanyang-Shanghai-Xiamen-Yantian-Hongkong-Tanjung Pelepas-Singapore-Jakarta-Surabaya-Jakarta-Tanjung Pelepas-Singapore-Subic-Manila-Nansha-Yantian-Kaoshiung-Ningbo-Shanghai-Busan-Vostochny.

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