Dear Valued Customer,
Please be advised that the container terminals at the New York and New Jersey Ports have been experiencing a significant surge in delays due to a rise in import volumes, inclement weather and overall labor shortages.
Below notice received from Hapag reflects steps APMT terminals are taking to alleviate the situation:
- Diverting vessels to other facilities within the Port of NY/NJ. Diversions are being considered through to the end of February 2019.
- Significant import rail volumes are being barged on a weekly basis from APM New York to Norfolk and loaded on the rail for on-carriage inland.
- No demurrage is being charged on import rail-boxes which are delayed.
- The ACL Service has left the terminal and is now calling at PNCT. It will not return to APM.
- Additional resources placed at MMR rail ramp/APMT Rail department to improve communication.
- Continued weekend gates.
- Additional labor has been hired and is currently being trained.
- Additional container handling equipment has been added.
- 6 of 8 RTG transferred from Pier 400 are now in service.
- 8 rental container handlers have arrived.
- 16 new purchase top handlers to arrive throughout Q1 and early Q2, first 2 due mid-February 2019.
As well, be advised that the turnaround time of empties as well as chassis could be affected due to the congestion at the terminals.
We appreciate your continued support as a valued customer and should you require any further information or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager or customer service representative.