German Ships Avoid Japanese Ports

28 March 2011 (Last Updated March 28th, 2011 18:30)

Several German container shipping companies have stopped going to eastern Japanese ports amid fears of radiation leaks from the Fukushima nuclear plant, according to the German Shipowners' Association. The companies include Hapag-Lloyd, Hamburg Sued and Claus-Peter Offen, which have st

Several German container shipping companies have stopped going to eastern Japanese ports amid fears of radiation leaks from the Fukushima nuclear plant, according to the German Shipowners’ Association.

The companies include Hapag-Lloyd, Hamburg Sued and Claus-Peter Offen, which have stopped calling at the Port of Yokohama, the association confirmed.

The ports of Sendai, Onahama and Hachinohe, which Maersk Line serves by hiring feeder ships from other companies, were damaged by the tsunami.

Maersk Line has stopped taking orders for cargo to these Japanese ports, the shipping line said.

Hamburg shipped approximately 200,000 standard containers through Japan last year, according to Reuters.