Full Hanjin ship can not dock because there’s no plan to leave | Reuters
Failed South Korean cargo line Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd has found the money to unload a full container ship waiting outside a New York-area port. But there is another problem: once unloaded, the empty vessel may not be able to go back out to sea.
Hanjin has the money to dock its Hanjin Miami, Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle, whose agency regulates international shipping, told an industry event on Friday.
But the Miami is not being allowed in port because of a dispute about empty Hanjin shipping containers, which the Miami normally would load up as ballast to exit port.
Without those empties, the ship “will not be able to depart the harbor because it would not have the air clearance to navigate under the Bayonne Bridge — even at a dead low tide,” said Doyle. Without a way to leave, the ship could tie up a berth.
“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.