05 August 2013 06:26 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Port activities in southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia and the Middle East will come to a standstill during the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Fitri, Asian shipping sources said on Monday.
Port workers and officials in those countries will go on leave from early this week till the middle of the following week to mark the holiday, which comes at the end of Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the sources added.
“Nobody will be around. So port activities will be extremely minimal,” a Singapore-based shipbroker said
Most end-users had already shipped most of their cargoes to and from the Muslim-majority countries in anticipation of the lull in port activities.
“Many of them had booked vessels earlier. This is a yearly occurrence, so most end-users are already prepared,” a Singapore-based charterer said.
The date of Eid-ul-Fitri differs in various countries as it is based on the Islamic lunar calendar. This year, the holiday is expected to fall either on Thursday or Friday.
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