Wednesday, 26th October 2011
NOTICE TO CLIENTS –
UPDATE OF BANGKOK FLOODING SITUATION
Dear Valued Customers,
The flooding in Bangkok has reached the critical point. Thai Government has
announced special 5 days holiday for flooding crisis in Thailand. Floodwater
has already runoff into Bangkok city area. Many of the businesses closed and
more are expected to do so in the following days if the situation is worsening.
Yesterday about 1030 AM PAT senior officer has called for urgent meeting
with vessel's agencies regarding Bangkok port (PAT) situation. Even though
PAT has prepared sand bags and barrier for protecting the flooding within the
PAT area, there is no guarantee that the flood will not run into PAT area. Parts
of the terminal area may be affected by flooding during high tide period of 27-
31 Oct 2011.
Currently PAT terminal 1 & 2 are almost full of inbound FCL containers.
Terminal 1 still has approximate 1200 teus space left and it is expected that it
will be totally full within the next few days. Terminal 2 has only about 100 teus
of vacancy space available and it is expected to be full within today. After then
all vessels have to stop their discharging operation.
The main reason causing the congestion in Terminal 1 and 2 is due to most
importers delay the customs clearance and delivery due to flooding. In normal
situation importers will have to do the clearance and delivery within 3-7 days,
but at current situation most of the inbound FCL shipments will long stay at
terminal 30-60 days or more, depending on when the flood will cease.
Laem cha bang terminal is also facing similar situation with PAT. The
terminal capacity for holding inbound shipment may be full within 1-2 weeks.
Some measurement is proposed by the terminal to vessel and container
operator in order to solve this crisis and all parties benefit and interest :
AA) Temporary stop inbound shipment to PAT and change to LCH
BB) Temporary hold inbound shipment to PAT & LCH at T/S port till the
situation is improved.
CC) Temporary hold inbound shipment to PAT & LCH at Port of Loading.
DD) Carrier temporarily skip Thailand service.
Mariana Express Lines is watching closely at this situation and will keep our
clients posted on the developments.
Should you have any further inquiry on this subject, please do not hesitate to
contact our Sydney office:
Phone: (02) 9666 1388
Toll Free: 1300 980 188
Fax: (02) 9666 1088