Singapore reactivates old berths to curb congestion

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PSA Singapore is tackling severe congestion by reactivating older berths and adding manpower. Delays of up to seven days have led to a backlog of over 500,000 TEU. Carriers are skipping Singapore calls, worsening downstream congestion. New berths at Tuas Port aim to alleviate the situation. Similar congestion is seen in other Asian ports. Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has shifted operations to Indian ports due to congestion. The Suez Canal closure and an early peak season have driven freight rates to record highs. Drewry’s World Container Index surged 55% in May, while the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index surpassed 3,000 points for the first time since 2022. Carriers are expected to push for higher rates, worsening the situation for shippers.

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