304 vessels idle in ports around the world
As of June 20, 304 vessels were idle on approaches to ports around the world, awaiting berthing, Splash reported, citing data from Seaexplorer, the online container shipping industry tracking service Kuehne + Nagel.
At the moment, 101 ports are working with serious delays. In the middle of the week, 350 ships were idle on approaches to ports around the world.
The congestion problem, exacerbated in recent weeks in ports in southern China due to a new outbreak of COVID-19 in a key export region, is rapidly spreading to other major trading hubs. If last week China accounted for more than 50% of all idle liner ships, now this figure has dropped below 40%.
Meanwhile, in Singapore, for example, the number of container ships awaiting the opportunity to dock has increased by 37.5% over the past week.
"The trend is worrying and the ongoing congestion is becoming a global problem. COVID-19 and the significant increase in volumes since the end of last year, terminals are becoming bottlenecks in global supply chains," Maersk, the world's largest container and logistics holding, warned its customers in a notice published earlier this week.