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Two Hanjin boxships allowed to berth at China’s Yangshan port

Two Hanjin boxships allowed to berth at China’s Yangshan port
China has allowed Hanjin Shipping containerships to call at Yangshan port in Shanghai for the first time since the South Korean carrier declared bankrupt in end-August this year, reports said.

Two Hanjin Shipping boxships – the 13,102-teu Hanjin Blue Ocean and the 9,010-teu Hanjin Czech – called at Yangshan port on 3 October and 8 October respectively, after permission was granted by the Shanghai port authority.

A source from Shanghai International Port (Group) Co (SIPG) was reported saying that in order to ensure receipt of port charges, the applications for Hanjin Shipping ships calling at the Chinese port will no longer be facilitated by its usual freight forwarders and shippers.

The procedure will instead be unified and entrusted to be done through SIPG’s Shanghai Port United International Ocean Shipping Agency.

The SIPG source added that for every Hanjin Shipping vessel seeking to call at the port, either the shipowner or the cargo owner will have to place an undisclosed sum to SIPG as deposit before the ship is allowed to berth.

After Hanjin Shipping declared bankrupt on 31 August 2016, chaos ensued in the global supply chain as its ships instantly found themselves stranded around the globe.

In Singapore, PSA recently updated that 15 stranded Hanjin Shipping vessels were allowed into Singapore port since 22 September, and over 3,000 containers were released to shippers.

Read all the background to the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy on our timeline.