How has the Suez Canal blockade affected your port?
The April survey of the IAPH COVID-19 Port Economic Impact Barometer was released this morning. Next to the traditional questions, the survey addresses the implications of M/V Ever Given which blocked the Suez Canal for several days. The blockade is likely to have a substantial impact on vessel calls and capacity utilisation in ports worldwide and specific questions are including in this month’s survey, which also probe how long ports expect the impact of the blockade to last on their activities. With the April survey, we cover one year of reporting on the impact of COVID-19. The survey was first released under the auspices of our COVID-19 Task Force on 6 April last year, initially on a weekly and later a monthly basis. To mark the anniversary, authors Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis will be preparing a one-year report, with an analysis of all the observations made so far. The April survey is available online here and remains open until Friday 9 April.