Portico helps relocate thousands of shipping containers displaced during the Covid pandemic
PORTICO has helped to relocate 10,000 displaced shipping containers back to their correct locations.
Disruption caused by the Covid pandemic has resulted in shipping containers being displaced from their country of origin causing a major shortage in areas such as parts of Asia.
The situation could potentially cause issues with the transportation of vital cargo in areas where there is a shortage of containers.
The international cargo terminal based at Portsmouth International Port, has played a pivotal role in coordinating the return of displaced containers.
Portico has worked with some of the world’s biggest shipping lines, including CMA CGM, Evergreen, Hapag Lloyd, Yang Ming and HMM, to get containers back to where they are needed.
Operations director Steve Williams MBE said: ‘I'm delighted that we're going to hit this impressive milestone of 10,000 empty containers shipped, and have done our bit to help solve this issue.
‘It also demonstrates the potential of scheduled feeder services establishing themselves at Portsmouth. Our modern equipment can handle containers with ease, and the flexibility of our operation means we can react with speed.
‘We stand ready to assist with any backlogs that occur as a result of the recent issues in the Suez Canal.’
The city’s favourable geography and infra-structure, with a deep water port and easy access to the motorway, meant Portico was ideally situated to both accept and redistribute the containers.
The 10,000 containers have been moved since the start of the year, firstly to the major European ports and then on to parts of Asia.
Jonathan Williams, commercial manager at Portico said: ‘Regional ports, such as our home here in Portsmouth, offer businesses the opportunity to maximise marine and minimise road movements.
‘Feeder services from major European ports can get UK imports closer to where they need to be, increasing efficiency and offering substantial carbon savings.’