Earthquake paralyses Turkish ports, container lines announce operation adjustments

An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale occurred on the border between Turkey and Syria, on the morning of 6 February leading many Turkish ports to face operational challenges.

Therefore, global container carriers are taking measures to deal with the operational difficulties in the region. Maersk and COSO have already published customer advisories to inform about the impact on their operations and services.

Given the situation at Iskenderun, Maersk said it will need to perform a change of destination for all bookings bound for the Turkish port or already on the water.

Moreover, COSCO SHIPPING Lines decided to suspend all bookings bound for the Port of Iskenderun until further notice with immediate effect. "We suggest a change of destination for all bookings bound for the port or already on the water and will try our best to achieve smooth direction," said the Chinese shipping giant in its statement.

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Our thoughts remain with all affected by the devastation from Monday's earthquake.

Should you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your local BDP representative as our teams are actively monitoring the situation.