After two weeks of impenetrable legal limbo, there was some good news for owners of cargo stuck in the bowels of container ships belonging to the recently bankrupt South Korean shipping giant, Hanjin Shipping. As Bloomberg reported according to the insolvent shipper, at least some vessels are in line to unload cargo at Long Beach port in California after a U.S. court Friday granted bankruptcy protection, easing a gridlock that disrupted delivery of goods.
Three more Hanjin ships are waiting at the port to clear their freight once Hanjin Greece, which is currently offloading, clears early Sept. 12 local time, Hanjin said in response to a query. Truck drivers probably will begin moving containers from the Greece on Monday while the vessel prepares to leave late in the day for the Port of Oakland, said Teamsters spokeswoman Barbara Maynard and shipping traffic controllers, cited by Reuters. Port workers began taking Hanjin Greece’s cargo ashore at 8 a.m. local time Sunday, and the Hanjin Gdynia will follow, Noel Hacegaba, chief commercial officer of the Port of Long Beach, said in a telephone interview Sunday.