IMPACT ON SHIPPING: COVID-19: Coronavirus Outbreak

IMPACT ON SHIPPING

COVID-19: Coronavirus Outbreak

Congestion at container shipping ports in southern China is worsening.

COVID-19: Coronavirus Outbreak

18th June 2021

IMPACT ON SHIPPING: COVID-19: Coronavirus Outbreak

Friday, 18th June 2021

Congestion at container shipping ports in southern China is worsening as authorities step up disinfection measures amongst a flare-up in COVID-19 cases, causing the biggest backlog since at least 2019.The province is experiencing increased restrictions facing a COVID-19 outbreak which has caused a disruption in Shenzhen/Guangzhou and the neighbouring Shekou ports in southern China near Hong Kong, which are impacting port operations at one of China’s busiest export terminals. The primary bottleneck appears to be emerging at the Yantian International Container Terminal, which handles approximately 13 million TEU annually. The Shenzhen region is among the top five container ports in the world, handling as many as 25 million TEU annually.

Maersk commented “We expect continued terminal congestion and vessel delays upwards of 14 days”. Ocean Network Express (ONE) said in a notice that Yantian International Container Terminal continues to operate below capacity because of COVID-related work restrictions. Ports in Guangdong, including Yantian, Shekou, Chiwan and Nansha, have issued notices this week suspending vessels from entering ports without advance reservations and will only accept bookings for export-bound containers within three to seven days prior to the arrival of vessels.

References:
Congestion at South China ports worsens on anti-COVID-19 measures | Reuters
Congestion Grows in China’s Yantian Port due to COVID-19 Outbreak (maritime-executive.com)

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