March 31st 2023 - Update 9

Following the earthquake in Turkey and Syria in early February, A.P. Moller – Maersk laid out a number of contingency plans for customers to combat supply chain disruption shaped around the Port of Iskenderun’s closure.

In order to keep logistics operations moving, the majority of cargo was diverted to the nearby Port of Mersin before continuing its onward journey via inland services. However, this has now resulted in the terminal becoming heavily congested and nearing maximum capacity.

Throughout this situation, Maersk’s main focus has been minimising delays on customers, but the levels of congestion seen at Mersin have a knock-on effect on terminal productivity and vessel berthing windows – causing further delays and issues.

As a result, we have stopped the acceptance of Spot bookings to or from the Port of Mersin until further notice and are assessing diversion options at the Port of Izmir. If we do make any changes to your cargo delivery, we will communicate the latest details as soon as possible.

At this time, we kindly request customers to please pick up full import containers or requesting dispatch as swiftly as possible after discharge. This will help to limit delays and maintain terminal operations at a feasible level until the situation at Mersin is fully resolved.

Recovery and repair efforts are continuing at the Port of Iskenderun, and its re-opening will indeed ease the pressure on Mersin. It is not yet clear when the terminal will be operational again, but we will keep you informed when the time comes.

Thank you, as always, for your cooperation and patience. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Maersk representative.

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