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Typhoon Kompasu forces Pearl River Delta ports close down

Ports around China’s Pearl River Delta have been forced to stop operations again, due to Typhoon Kompasu. At midnight, Yantian International Container Terminal in Shenzhen - Guangdong province- as well as Hong Kong port, ceased container handling operations after the Chinese weather authorities issued a yellow alert. In Hong Kong people, were advised to stay indoors.

Vessel-tracking data shows that at least 67 ships are now queued outside Yantian, the highest since 26 August. In May, a Covid-19 outbreak in Guangdong caused unprecedented congestion in Yantian, prompting liner operators to skip calls to the port. Guangdong is one of China’s industrialized provinces, making Yantian, which handled 13.34 million-TEU in 2020, one of the world’s busiest container ports.

Congestion in container ports worldwide has disrupted supply chains as ships endure a longer waiting time to berth. China, which is aiming for zero Covid-19 cases, enforces lockdowns each time an outbreak occurs, resulting in partial or full suspensions of container ports in Yantian and Ningbo-Zhoushan this year.


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