Shanghai port operator denies rumors of massive Covid-19 congestion

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(Yicai Global) April 4 – The Shanghai port operator has denied rumors that the world’s largest container port is suffering from severe congestion due to the latest Covid-19 outbreak to hit the city, learned Yicai Global.

The Shanghai International Port Group told Yicai Global that media reports of congestion are baseless and only create panic. The port of Shanghai operates normally 24 hours a day, the number of ships waiting to dock is in single digits, and the average waiting days are within the normal range, SIPG added.

Covid-19 has affected land logistics in the port of Shanghai, the SIPG said, noting that it has implemented a series of measures, including helping shipping companies to transport empty containers inside the land, moving containers by ship and rail with the help of China COSCO Shipping, Maersk and CMA CGM liner companies, and integrating electronic bill of lading with Shanghai health code and nucleic acid test certificate , to improve transportation efficiency.

A screenshot of the maritime traffic map of Shanghai’s waters congested with ships has recently been circulating on social media, with comments claiming that hundreds of ocean freighters have been stranded offshore, leading to a chain crisis. supply, that the number of ships waiting to load and unload at the port exceeded 300 this week, and that this is similar to port congestion on the West Coast of the United States.

The Yangtze River estuary is the world’s busiest waterway, so it’s normal to have many ships there, a shipping industry insider said.

“The photo that circulated online includes all ships entering, leaving and passing through the port of Shanghai and does not specify whether the cargo ships with disabled automatic identification system were still there or already departed,” said Wang Hai, editor. in chief of Beyond. Shipping told Yicai Global, noting that some of them could also be fishing boats. In addition, the proportion of the image is abnormal and creates a dense visual effect, he added.

The number of ships waiting in waters near Shanghai has increased fivefold in two and a half weeks, mainly due to the growing number of dry bulk carriers and tankers waiting to enter Ningbo-Zhoushan port, Mr. Wang, citing ship data. VesselsValue provider. Most ships in Shanghai are container ships and their number has not increased, he said.

Waiting time for ships to dock at Asian ports is typically one to two days due to pandemic outbreaks between Lunar New Year and last month, according to data released by Maersk and other shipping companies in March. Shanghai Port’s figure is lower than China’s South and North Ports.

Publisher: Futura Costaglione

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