Discordia at the Border

The expansion of capital must be continuous and uninterrupted. Commodities – including labour power – must constantly exchange. The ships below are organized to arrive at their destinations at precise times. There are penalties for missing time slots in ports.

The lorries are stuck in border checks and controls. These delays impact directly on the rate of profit. The circulation of commodities is being deliberately slowed down. Less well known, except to the drivers and their families, is the stress, tiredness and overwork this causes.

I met two police officers. I thought they might be checking social distancing and whether groups of people were observing social mixing. But they told me they were from Surrey and had come to help with lorry operations. They had walked up the cliffs to take some photographs.

Laureline – Ro-ro cargo – Rozenberg, Netherlands. – > Leixoes, Portugal
SSI Majestic Bulk carrier – Ust-Luga, Russia – > Iskenderun, Turkey
OOCL Hong Kong, container ship Singapore – > Zeebrugge, Belgium
Border checks
Arco Beck – hopper dredger Oostende, Belgium – > Dagenham, Great Britain
Bro Agnes – oil/ chemical tanker Ijmuiden, Netherlands – > Portland, Great Britain
GSL Nicoletta – container ship Felixstowe, GB – > Gebze, Turkey
Ebba Maersk – containership London Gateway, GB – > Le Havre, France
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