A Hanjin Ship Can't Dock Because It Has No Plan to Leave
“There are so many disputes right now attached to empty containers that the terminal is not going to load the empties back onto the ship,” Doyle said. By Tuesday evening, two sources familiar with negotiations said that the Miami had been scheduled to dock and that it would pick up empty containers to leave port. Shipping tracking site shipmentlink.com said it was due to arrive on Thursday and depart the next day. An attorney for Maher Terminal, which operates the marine terminal in Newark where the HanjinMiami is expected to dock, declined to comment. The Hanjin Miami is currently off the U.S. East Coast, about 300 miles (480 km) from New York, according to Reuters Eikon data. The Bayonne Bridge, which held the title of world’s longest arch bridge for 45 years after it opened in 1931, presents a unique challenge to Hanjin. But other ports also are struggling with questions of who pays for terminal charges and what to do with empty containers. The complexity increased on Monday after a South Korean judge toldHanjin to cancel its ship charter agreements and return empty vessels to their owners. In the wake of the decision A spokeswoman for Reederei and a U.S. lawyer for Hanjin did not respond to requests for comment. Port terminals, meanwhile, have stopped accepting returns of empty shipping containers because they doubt Hanjin will pay to store them. “The Hanjin boxes are radioactive. Nobody wants to take responsibility for them,” said Mark Hirzel, chairman of the Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association Inc.
As containers on chassis pile up in far-flung storage lots, it has created a shortage of the trailers used to transport containers on land. Darren Azman, an attorney for Bermuda-based Textainer Group Holdings Ltd said cargo owners and other Hanjin parties are working out an agreement that they hope will normalize the movement of shipping containers. But U.S. retailers and manufacturers who own the cargo are caught in the confusion. Alex Rasheed, president of Pacific Textile and Sourcing Inc, a Los Angeles-headquartered importer and wholesaler of apparel, is anxious to receive $300,000 worth of seasonal fall clothing in two containers on the Hanjin Jungil, which is waiting off the coast of Southern California. “We’re going to start feeling the pressure unless there is some kind of resolution,” Rasheed said. Hanjin‘s bankruptcy also has U.S. exporters that were relying on the company scrambling to find alternatives, including flying goods to foreign markets at a loss, said Hirzel. “I’ve even heard about air transport of agriculture exports,” Hirzel said. “Economically, it’s a guaranteed loser … The only reason you would do that is to meet an order to get a contract in the future.”