CMA CGM which says processes and clearing formalities related to containerised cargo are almost back to normal and should be fully operational within days ,also Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk and MSC have resumed service at the Port of Beirut, according to individual carrier announcements. The port resumed operations late Monday afternoon, according to a notice from Maersk.
Hapag-Lloyd will resume services with two ships set to call on Thursday and Friday, noting “the container terminal suffered only minor damages.” Maersk is resuming service and export acceptance, according to its updated service guidance released Wednesday. MSC is resuming service starting with scheduled port calls on Friday.
CMA CGM will establish a logistics hub in the Northern Lebanese city of Tripoli after an explosion at the Port of Beirut Tuesday, according to a press release. “The Group is ensuring everything is in place to guarantee perfect business continuity and to maintain the supply of primary necessities to the country,” stated the press release. The carrier is in the process of accounting for its 261 port staff, one of whom was still missing as of Wednesday. CMA CGM’s Beirut headquarters were “severely damaged” in the explosion.
• MSC will reroute ships to alternative sites in the region. The carrier named Gioia Tauro, Italy; Tekirdag, Turkey; Mersin, Turkey; and Piraeus, Greece in its Wednesday statement. Hapag-Lloyd is also diverting existing calls to Tripoli and accepting no freight headed to or from Beirut. The carrier’s office was destroyed, but no staff members were affected.