updated as of 18 May, 2023
On the ocean
We've been managing capacity as best as possible given unprecedented circumstances to support our customers and keep their cargo moving. We encourage you to continue to communicate with our dedicated sales organization and provide accurate forecasts to better deployment of our capacity across our trades, and in turn better support your business.
In ports and terminals
Issues at ports and terminals have presented Wallenius Wilhelmsen and our customers with some of their biggest challenges recently. These sites are the crucial link between ocean and land logistics, so improving cargo flow here is critical to strengthening the overall supply chain.
China: After Jan. 8, The operation of all China ports came back to the normal accompanied with the termination of the stevedore close loop management. In 2023 Q1, our vessel’s days at port reduced to 1.6 days. It is a huge saving of our vessel schedule because we totally have 108 calls in 2023 Q1 and each saves 1.2 days in China ports. The big savings of days at port is not only providing us a more cost-effective vessel operation but also satisfying our customers a lot from shorter transit time.
Yantai, China: Yantai roro is developing AI technology to transfer the car by AGV system. The AGV robot is available to scan the length, width, height and wheel base automatically and then lift car from its wheel to move the designated position. Yantai roro terminal is aiming to build first intelligent roro terminal. The testing AGV robot will be put into operation in this summer.
Shanghai, China: Shanghai Haitong terminal has started the cooperation with WaiGaoQiao No.5 Container terminal for one berth shared with each other. When Haitong terminal is dealing with port congestion, they will coordinate with the container terminal to "borrow" the berth to accommodate one more RoRo vessel. That means three PCC/PCTC vessels of 200-230 meters are available to berth at the same time. This arrangement will help us to save port waiting days in 2023.
Pyeongtaek, Korea: The port is facing yard congestion as many vessels arrive at the end and beginning of the month, as well as auto export volumes being concentrated at the end of the month. However, we’re mitigating vessel waiting days and well managing the yard congestion by the cooperation with vessel operators.
At our processing centers
Southeast Asia: All our facilities in Thailand and Singapore are open and service levels are adjusted to current activity level. We are taking all possible measures to provide a safe and compliant environment for employees and visitors.
Operations: All our facilities in Southeast Asia are open and service levels are adjusted to manage required volumes and orders. We are taking all possible measures to provide a safe and compliant environment for employees and visitors.
Our facility in South China Guangzhou Port is open and running as normal. We are taking all possible measures to provide a safe and compliant environment for employees and visitors.
As OEMs continue to operate with varied manufacturing schedules, we are committed to supporting our customers as they face new and potentially unforeseen challenges to maintain a healthy supply chain. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs further.
All our inland transport services are operational and we are taking bookings as normal, except for the transport services in Myanmar and the cross-border transportation from China to Mongolia.
Erlian, Mongolia border is still normal for bulk cargos via inland transport. Based on the current policy changes of China on Covid, the processing speed of regional governments and border customs will be restored more and more smoothly. our agents and trucking companies can handle transit operations as normal. For other borders like Ganqimoudu/Ceke/Takashiken, we don't suggest to use it because these are small ports which will easily rise uncertain problems up, like port handling capacity is insufficient or other policy change. Erlian/ZU is still the best choice which more than 80 percent cargo are crossing via this border.