Innovating Newsletter: Typhoon Impact on Ports

Aug. 30, 2018

 |  Insights

This month’s issue of CargoSmart’s Innovating features a study reviewing the impact from the recent Tropical Storm Jongdari, which reached Japan, Korea, and China from late-July to early-August. We also reviewed carriers’ schedule reliability in July and continued to monitor the impact of a terminal system rollout at the Port of Felixstowe in the UK.

  • Tropical Storm Jongdari – Impact at Japan and China Ports: To analyze the port performance before and after Tropical Storm Jongdari, we measured vessel arrivals, arrival delays, berth times, waiting times, and vessel arrival gaps during the storm from June 11 to August 12, 2018. We found that the number of vessel arrivals was the most impacted aspect due to the ports closing during the storms. The closed ports also led to longer vessel waiting times before berthing and vessel arrival delays. Average berth times were not impacted. The storm’s impact on vessel arrival delays and the time to recover to normal arrival times varied by port, which could be related to a port’s productivity, the intensity of the storm at the port, or a combination of factors.
  • Carrier Reliability Report: We reviewed the schedule reliability of 20 ocean carriers across 13 trade lanes. Overall reliability decreased by 2.7%, from 69.3% in June to 66.6% in July.
  • World Incidents – Felixstowe: We continued to review the vessel arrivals and berth times at the Port of Felixstowe, after a system update earlier this summer that caused delays in June. We found that delays persisted through July, with vessel waiting and berth times longer than normal and vessel arrivals continuing to be lower than normal in June and July.


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