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Transportation disruptions will be involved as Ningbo Fengshan Port approaches reopening

Chinese officials plan to begin a gradual reopening of the Ningbo-Shangshan Port container terminal by the weekend if no further COVID infections are detected. And so far, the overall impact on sea transport has not been as initially a concern, according to logistics and freight data providers who are monitoring the situation.

Last week’s closure of the Meishan Island container terminal after workers were tested positive for the virus went beyond the potential for a month-long slowdown at the salt pans in Shenzhen earlier this summer as a global supply. I hunted down the chain manager. The incident caused significant shipping delays and container backlogs, which took weeks to reduce.

There were 41 berthed vessels berthed on Tuesday morning, with an average weekly port call to Nimbo down 22% from nearly 188 last week to 146, but the total nominal vessel capacity to call the port was 7.8. It decreased by% to 572,052. The 20-foot-equivalent unit project44, a supply chain visualization platform, said in a media bulletin.

The reason is that the other four terminals of the port have absorbed inbound and outbound container traffic redirected from Umeyama, which handles about a quarter of the port’s volume. Also, maritime carriers did not leave as many voyages blank as they did after the salt pans were closed.

Project44 said it recorded only 15 blank or canceled voyages to Ningbo on Tuesday. This is consistent with the average number of voyages invalidated at the port to keep the vessel’s routes on schedule.

Carriers are primarily diverting to other terminals rather than skipping ports altogether.

Container shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk has only one service to call at Meishan. It is AC6, which serves South America under a ship-sharing contract with CMA CGM. All ships in the string will skip Ningbo this month. The ship is waiting for parking lots in other terminals for about two days.

Freight may begin to flow through the Umeyama Terminal earlier than the September 6 reopening date originally suggested by the authorities. Health officials have completed a second diagnostic test for COVID-19 at the port, but no new cases have been reported. Dunavant, a Memphis-based freight carrier in Tennessee, told customers that Ningbo will partially resume on Friday if third-round testing is underway and there are no confirmed cases again. Said there is a possibility.

According to Project 44, throughput will be phased in, reducing container backlog and potentially resuming operations altogether by early September.

Chinese authorities have been actively working to eradicate the outbreak of COVID. Many ports require nasal swab tests for all crew members, forcing vessels to stay outside the port until negative results are confirmed. Also, many ports require vessels to be quarantined for two to four weeks if they were previously moored in India, where delta variants surged in the summer. Quarantine is also required if crew changes occur within 14 days of arriving in China.

The airport also operates under strict quarantine and other health measures, reducing the availability of the workforce. Slow down the loading and unloading of cargo planes.. Some airports were temporarily closed for several days for disinfection and testing.

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