The Seamax Stratford Voy102 is still at anchor off the Brisbane port waiting to berth where it has been quarantined following crew members being diagnosed with COVID-19. The vessel remains in quarantine while dealing with the infected crew and deep cleaning (Quarantining of MV SEAMAX STRATFORD V 102 Causing Downstream Delays).
It is expected the vessel will berth on 16 or 17 October in Brisbane to complete its operations before returning to China for its next southbound (Voy 103S).
The Southbound voyage was originally scheduled to commence in Shanghai around the 9 October (Week 41) and so the southbound voyage has effectively been missed. At this stage it is expected to re-enter the A3C service around week 44.
Obviously this unforeseen incident is causing significant disruption to the schedule from China to Australia. At this point OOCL and COSCO are indicating cargo booked for the Seamax Stratford will be transferred to the next A3C sailing being the COSCO Indonesia. New/fresh bookings on the COSCO Indonesia will be pushed to following sailings on either the A3C or Peak Season Loader services. As we are in a severe peak season, there will likely be a continuing knock on effect to recover from the backlog caused by the Seamax Stratford missing its scheduled call.
ANL has deployed the Seville to take up their bookings on the Seamax Stratford reducing the impact of delay on their service.
Your customer service team will keep you updated on bookings and revised dates on the aforementioned vessels and our cartage team will keep clients with Brisbane containers onboard the Seamax Stratford updated on deliveries.