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Weekly Update ECT - Week 18

Weekly Update ECT - Week 18

General
We call upon all visitors to our terminals to strictly observe the Covid-19 measures and follow the instructions on our terminals. Please also see the information on our website: https://www.ect.nl/en/files/coronavirus

At Tuesday May the 4th, both terminals were confronted with high winds and were closed between around 05:00 hours and 15:30 hours (forecast at the moment of writing).

Around last weekend, ECT was confronted with some unforeseen slow-down actions, as a result of the final phase of the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations. These actions affected our productivity to some extent and led to some delays in handling of all modalities.

High demand
As a result of the Suez Canal blockade and high volumes in general, we experience a peak in demand now and in the coming weeks. In order to keep our quay planning and yards workable we ask for your support in managing the container flows properly.

For the quay planning we apply a strict order to applications. We try to resolve delays to existing services first. Requests to handle additional volumes and/or additional services are dealt with subsequently. In all cases factors such as yard occupancy, resource availability and the handling of the “second modality” are taken into account. ECT will only process applications if they are provided with the necessary information to be able to take a decision, such as preference and ultimate ETA, number of moves (unloading, loading and possible restows) and the distribution of the number of import, export and transhipment handlings. Correct pre information is essential.

With regard to the yard, we mainly focus on ensuring that the stack will not overflow with exports and empty containers which are not further transported. We will therefore strictly apply the Cargo Opening Time (COT), closely monitor the situation with regard to empty and transhipment containers and take measures if necessary. The COT will also be strictly enforced for transhipment containers. We strongly request all deepsea and feeder operators to assure that transhipment containers are not delivered to our terminals before the COT. Incoming transhipment containers from deepsea vessels need to be picked up as soon as possible.

Via our services "object status" and "container status", you will find real-time information about the ETA of ships and the ECT terminal of handling. These services can be found on our MyTerminal platform. An account is required for this. To create an account, use the link https://myterminal.ect.nl/. Another option is to receive this information directly in real-time in your own system. For more information about the API connection, visit https://myterminal.ect.nl/solutions-api/.

ECT Delta terminal
Last week:
ECT Delta terminal had a very busy programme with vessels out of schedule. Service times for barges and feeders were higher than standard. The swift pick-up of import reefers has been helpful in handling the reefer peak volume.

This and coming week:
This week ECT Delta terminal will continue to have a busy programme. The high winds of Tuesday will further affect the programme. Service times for barges and feeders are expected to be higher than standard. In order to avoid more back-log on specifically the barge- and feeder programmes we keep the option open to take additional measures. The terminal will handle a large number of reefers again. A swift pick-up of import reefers, also during the weekend, is again highly appreciated.

ECT Euromax terminal
Last week:
ECT Euromax terminal had a very busy programme with vessels arriving out of schedule, high stack occupancy levels and busy landside truck handling. Closing the terminal for empty containers for all modalities for some days has been helpful for the stack occupancy. Service times for barges and feeders were higher than standard.

This and coming week:
The upcoming weeks, ECT Euromax terminal will have a continuously busy programme, which is also affected by the high winds of Tuesday. As from Wednesday 5 May 07:15 hours until 7 May 07:15 hours the terminal is closed for empty containers for all modalities. The terminal will have dual deepsea alongside for several weeks ahead. In order to avoid more back-log on specifically the barge- and feeder programmes two additional slots for handling feeders and or barges between the deepsea vessels have been created this week. Service times for barges and feeders are expected to be higher than standard.