Nearly 500 cargo ships wait to be unloaded and loaded in the Yellow Sea near the ports of the Chinese cities of Shanghai and Ningbo. Usually, the number of waiting ships is in the dozens. The reason is the strict restrictions related to the lockdown, to which the Chinese government has responded to the increasing number of people infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Queues of waiting ships began to lengthen in late March The number of waiting ships exceeded figures at the beginning of the epidemic in 2020. Later, the congestion spread to the port of Zhoushan, where some owners diverted their ships for fear of closing warehouses in Shanghai.
Constipation in the Yellow Sea
According to the data Bloomberg As of April 11, there were 222 cargo ships waiting in Shanghai, which is 15% more than the previous month. 134 ships were waiting at the port of Zhoushan, an increase of 0.8% from last month, while in the north in the ports of Rizhao, Dongjiakou and Qingdao, there was an increase of 33% to 121 ships.
According to ship owners and merchants Slows down the personnel shortage at the Shanghai port to issue documents necessary for unloading. Ships carrying metals (particularly copper and iron ore) are stuck at sea due to the lack of truck drivers to move goods from the port to the factories.
Boats waiting in the Yellow Sea
The congestion spread to other locations as some ships headed to the northern ports of Qingdao and Tianjin, where freight traffic is less affected. On April 11, 54 ships were waiting in Tianjin port, a monthly increase of 29%.
Bad news for the whole world
The restrictions imposed caused significant delays in the port, which is located in the eastern part of the city. CNN Refers to the case behind Bad news for global supply chains. According to her, the port of Shanghai has experienced significant congestion, and according to experts, the extension of the closure may worsen the situation and increase transportation costs.
VesselsValue, a global shipping data company, said the number of ships waiting to be loaded or unloaded at the Shanghai port had already risen to more than 300 in early April, a nearly fivefold increase. Traffic congestion in Shanghai usually gets worse at this time of year. However, the recent increase is much higher than last year and the current seasonal level.” He said in a statement Tuesday.
The number of ships waiting to be loaded and unloaded in Shanghai
Maersk, one of the world’s largest container shipping companies, has expressed confidence in this due to problems at Chinese ports Delivery times will be extended and transportation costs may increase.
Congestion in Shanghai is bad news for consumers and businesses around the world. Global supply chains have been strained for months by the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Analysts expect in the near future “Additional shipping delays, port congestion, and insufficient logistical capacity”.
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