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Lines omit Yantian port calls over Covid-19 measures congestion

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Container lines are omitting calls at Yantian port in South China as tighter Covid-19 controls result in congestion.

Both the 2M Alliance of Maersk and MSC, and THE Alliance comprising Ocean Network Express (ONE), Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming and HMM ,are dropping calls at Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) due to the situation, while Maersk said it was also omitting one call at the nearby Shekou port.

The situation started last week with a number of Covid-19 cases in Shenzhen and at the port and lines said in customer advisories that yard density remained high at YICT. Maersk said that berth productivity was around 30% of normal levels.

“A number of Covid-19 cases had emerged at the port last week, and tightened health and safety measures have been rolled out by local authorities,” MSC said in an advisory on 2 June.

“The overall operation productivity at YICT has been adversely impacted, and we expect the current vessel berthing delays and port congestion situation will likely continue for at least a week.”

MSC said it was omitting a number of calls at Yantian. Alliance partner Maersk listed nine calls being omitted at YICT and one at neighbouring Shekou.

ONE said in an advisory on 2 June: “Due to the disruption in Shenzhen, we regret to inform you that several vessels will be omitting their usual calls at the terminals of Yantian or Shekou to minimize schedule disruption.”

ONE listed 12 omitted calls by vessels from THE Alliance at Yantian and two more which had changed to call another port.