Climbing cases of Covid-19 are wreaking havoc on operations at Yantian port in China. Shipping line Maersk says ships are facing delays of more than 14 days in loading and unloading at the port in Shenzen, near Hong Kong in southeast China.
Delays in the area have been mounting over the past 10 days as port operations. have been restricted due to a local Covid-19 outbreak.
As well, the nearby Shekou port which includes Chiwan Container Terminal, Mawan Container Terminal and Shekou Container Terminal, is accepting export containers only five days before vessels are due to arrive.
At the Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT), productivity in the eastern zone where the biggest container ships berthis at about 30 percent of normal, Maersk said in a customer update. Operations on the western side have been suspended until further notice.
Because of congestion, Yantian is only accepting export containers into the yard three days ahead of vessel ETAs and only with confirmed reservations. Yantian is also refusing empty returns.
As a result of the shutdowns and slowdowns 21 Maersk vessels will skip calls at Yantian and Shekou.
The nearby port of Nansha, which is picking up some the Yantian’s vessel calls, is experiencing traffic congestion as a result, with five-hour delays reported for both empty container pickup and export box gate-in.