2017 Jun – Bunker Ports News – Beauty of co-ordinated port calls
A captain of one of the world’s largest container vessels recently told me that he typically arrives at a port according to schedule, but too often the port is not ready to handle his ship. This means either anchoring until the port is ready, taking a detour, or choosing to go to another port. However, due to contractual rules, some with clauses that have been in place for centuries, he is frequently legally required to arrive at a specified time, regardless of the port’s readiness. This is not an uncommon situation: our data analysis of arrivals to a medium size port indicates that 20% of all vessels anchored an average 18 hours.