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Carriers make final port calls to Russia

The world’s top container lines paused bookings to Russia in the days after the invasion of Ukraine. However, some service continued, including efforts to evacuate liner-owned empty containers from Russian ports.

In the third week of April, automatic identification system (AIS) vessel-position data showed that at least 10 MSC container ships and five Maersk ships had either recently called or were planning to call in St. Petersburg in the Baltic Sea or Novorossiysk in the Black Sea.

MSC and Maersk are the largest and second-largest ocean carriers in the world, respectively. As of Wednesday, AIS data showed MSC’s calls to Russian ports were down to three ships: the 2,604-twenty-foot equivalent unit MSC Lara, arriving in Novorossiysk on Thursday, and the 2,490-TEU MSC Pamira III and 2,250-TEU MSC Andriana III, which recently departed Novorossiysk.

Maersk has now completely ended its Russian service. It announced the cessation “of all vessel operations” on May 4 with no further plans to reopen this trade lane.

Port of Brisbane Update

Due to the recent weather conditions experienced throughout South East Queensland, restrictions in vessel movements at the Port of Brisbane are in place. As a result, the Patrick Fisherman Islands Terminal is nearing cargo capacity.

Therefore, the Terminal has ceased the receival of empty export cargo from 15:00 on the 16th May 2022. In addition to this, selected vessel cargo receival windows have been amended.

These restrictions will remain subject to continuous review commensurate with updates from Maritime Safety Queensland and the Port of Brisbane; on the resumption of normal port movements.

Patricks has acknowledged the inconvenience that this has on an already strained supply chain and assured industry partners that operations will resume at the first opportunity, subject to the resumption of shipping movements.

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