Shipping company Maersk Line has arranged to divert two vessels from the Port of Felixstowe to DP World’s London Gateway due to adverse weather conditions at the weekend and congestion at Felixstowe.
The 18,340 teu Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, which was scheduled to discharge and load at berths eight and nine at the Port of Felixstowe over the weekend, will be calling at London Gateway in the early morning of Saturday, January 30 and depart the following evening.
The 6,252 teu Maersk Kolkata, which was also originally set to call at Felixstowe, is now expected to call at DP World’s terminal in the afternoon of Sunday, January 31 and leave the following day.
The port of Felixstowe is currently struggling with both quay and landside congestion due to adverse weather.
According to weather reports, a storm officially named Gertrude was forecast to bring severe gales to northern parts of Britain from Thursday, January 28, while London was expected to be facing fierce gales and heavy rain from Tuesday, January 26 when Storm Jonas was set to hit the UK.
A spokesman from DP London Gateway told CM: “We are very rarely disrupted by high wind on the ship side, so our quay cranes continue to operate most of the time. On the land side, we do not expect to be closing the gates to the port during the bad weather coming this weekend.”
“The cranes are built to be resilient up to gale force. We have never shut since we opened two years ago and we are highly confident that our port will remain open for trucks to come and collect their goods throughout the course of this week and into next week,” he added.
Maersk Line recently announced that it switched the UK call of its Samba service from the Port of Tilbury to DP World London Gateway Port, with the first call on the service set to be made by the Maersk Lanco on March 21.