26 Agustus 2014

[260814.EN.SEA] Ships Calling in Ebola-hit Areas Turned Away From Disease-free Ports

VESSELS calling at ports hit by Ebola are being turned away from disease free countries, resulting in schedule disruptions, reports Lloyd's List.

Maersk, which deploys 4,500-TEUers in West Africa, is changing its network to comply with restrictions covering vessel calls between Ebola-affected countries and non-affected countries.

South Africa's state-owned Transnet port operator has issued bulletin notifying shipping lines and agents of new screening procedures that apply to vessels calling at other African ports.

Maersk Line, one of the leading lines in the West Africa trades with ships purpose-built for ports in the region, is taking action in response to local bans on ships that have called in an Ebola-hit country.

Maersk has delisted Conakry and Freetown from its WAF13 rotation, leaving only Dakar.

Source : HKSG.

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