BOTH Hapag-Lloyd and ANL have announced port omissions and rotation changes due to congestion in ports around the Pacific basin.

Hapag-Lloyd has announced changes to its service between the West Coast of North America with Australia and New Zealand.

The company announced fortnightly Sydney omissions on the Pacific Southwest (PSW) rotation.

Also, on its Pacific Northwest rotation, Hapag-Lloyd is changing the rotation, with ships calling Melbourne before Sydney.

And on both the PNW and the PSW rotations, Oakland is being omitted.

In an advisory, Hapag-Lloyd pointed to the global logistics industry’s “unprecedented strain” as the reason behind the changes it had announced.

“While the industry adapts to the new scenarios, we continue to see unrecoverable vessel delays caused by the current congestions,” it said.

And ANL announced on the Transtas Service one voyage would omit Wellington and Nelson, and another voyage would omit Lyttleton. It said the changes were to “recover schedule due to ongoing delays from port congestion”.

Additionally, on its PCX service, ANL announced it will omit Sydney on seven voyages (discharging Sydney cargo at Melbourne) and six voyages will change rotation, calling Melbourne before Sydney. ANL said there have been current, ongoing delays through multiple ports, and the changes were to “negate the impact of these significant delays and maintain the best possible service levels”.