Congestion hits Kuwait’s Port of Shuwaikh after cranes breakdown

Congestion hits Kuwait’s Port of Shuwaikh after cranes breakdown
Shuwaikh is located in the North West of the Persian Gulf

Kuwait’s Port of Shuwaikh is congested due to a number of factors including the breakdown of gantry cranes.

According to an industry source, at least two cranes delivered by South Korean heavy industrial company Doosen Heavy Industrial broke down due to damaged cable reels.

The breakdown of the cranes, which were delivered between four and five years ago, has caused berthing delays of about five days at the port.

In addition to the breakdown, the implementation of new customs procedures in mid-July has further delayed overall operations, causing the container terminal to struggle with high yard inventory with vehicles waiting for customs clearance.

The congestion, which is expected to be a long-term situation, has led to both operational constraints and higher costs for the affected carriers.

Unfavourable weather conditions including a severe stand storm have also contributed to the congestion.

At the beginning of September, Kuwait Ports Authority reportedly halted maritime traffic at Shuwaikh, Shuaiba and Doha ports due to bad weather conditions until improvement, as an active dust storm was reducing visibility in parts of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Several major shipping lines, including CMA CGM and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), have implemented congestion surcharges between the end of August and the beginning of September due to increased operating costs caused by the congestion.

The Kuwait Ports Authority declined to comment on the situation.