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Shanghai port experiencing severe congestion

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Staff Writer | April 26, 2017
The world's busiest container port, Yangshan in China's business hub of Shanghai, is battling severe congestion.
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Shipping   Average delays for ships jumped to 53 hours
It is made worse by dense fog, higher-than-usual volumes and the aftermath of a shake-up in shipping alliances, ocean carriers and port officials say.

More than 100 container vessels are now waiting outside the port, where the average waiting time at berth last week went up 6.2 percent, to 18.2 hours, versus the previous week, according to shipping software provider CargoSmart.

CargoSmart said the fog started in early April and the congestion had worsened in the past few days, with few clues to when it might ease.

Average delays for ships arriving at the port jumped more than 42 percent to 53 hours between April 16 and 18 from the start of the month, it said.

Denmark's Maersk Line, part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, also confirmed that some of its vessels had been affected by the congestion, "We are working closely with Chinese ports to address any operational challenges, and we have been able to maintain a very constructive dialogue with our terminal partners," a Beiijng-based spokeswoman for the company said.


 

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