malaymail.com 02 May, 2021 11:15 am

Container shipping lines suffer huge losses following Senari Port’s computer outage, say associations

Container shipping lines suffer huge losses following Senari Port’s computer outage, say associations
KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 — The container shipping lines have suffered huge losses after Senari Port in Kuching, Sarawak experienced a computer outage on March 27, 2021. In a joint statement today, four shipping associations said following the incident, not only the container shipping lines’...

In a joint statement today, four shipping associations said following the incident, not only the container shipping lines’ operating costs had escalated, but they also suffered from the loss of sailings and revenues.“Their shipping service qualities to the business community were also adversely compromised,” said the four associations, namely Malaysia Shipowners’ Association, Shipping Association Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah Shipowners Association and Sarawak Shipping Association.In addition, the associations said vessels that were designed with seven round voyage days (turning around from Port Klang to Kuching back to Port Klang in seven days) were no longer capable of completing a voyage in seven days, due to the port’s congestion and poor productivity.Meanwhile, the associations said the delay from the Senari Port Terminal had inevitably resulted in disruption of the supply chain to the overall Sabah and Sarawak market.

“The average port stay hours (from arrival to departure) also jumped 180 per cent to seven days in April from 2.“Many vessels had suffered delays at other Sabah and Sarawak ports following the disruption at Senari Port Terminal, which impacted the supply of empty containers for fresh bookings for shippers in Peninsular Malaysia,” they said.

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