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Covid shuts major Chinese terminal – updated

[ August 13, 2021   //   ]

The average number of weekly port calls at the Chinese port of Ningbo have plummeted 70% from nearly 200 container vessels to less than 60 this week, following the shut-down of terminals due to a Covid outbreak, reports the project44 shipping visibility platform.

Some 41 container ships were waiting for berth space outside the Ningbo-Zhoushan terminal on 17 August, it said  although the situation was slightly improved on that on 11 August it said.

Operations at Ningbo’s Meishan terminal were suspended on 11 August after a Covid case was reported among its staff and all container operations have been redirected to other terminals until further notice. The terminal handles about one quarter of the port’s container cargo.

Project44 says this is the second shutdown of at major Chinese port. Yantian in Shenzhen was closed for over a month in May after a sudden virus outbreak leading to considerable supply chain disruption.