Shanghai’s Yangshan Port suffers massive delays

Shanghai’s Yangshan Port suffers massive delays

In addition to bad weather conditions, rampant overbooking by carriers in the wake of newly restructured vessel sharing alliances is at the root of the delays, according to Nicolas Vittori, overseas network manager at France-based Setcargo.

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Bad weather and shrinking capacity following a recent realignment of shipping alliances have created a perfect storm of port congestion that has caused a virtual gridlock in traffic at the port of Yangshan in China.

Very foggy conditions, which can last for several days along the affected region in China, is the most immediate cause of the delays, as ships are unable to reach port and are being rerouted.

“We can confirm that some of our vessels have been impacted by the congestion at the Yangshan Port due to seasonal bad weather,” a spokesperson at Maersk told American Shipper. “We are closely working with Chinese ports to address any operational challenges, and we have been able to maintain a very constructive dialogue with our terminal partners.”

The Maersk spokesperson added that four of Maersk’s ships were affected, all of which have been rerouted.

Many ships from other carriers remain at sea, however, waiting for conditions to improve before attempting to enter the port, according to the spokesperson.

In addition to the more immediate impacts of the fog, rampant overbooking by carriers in the wake of newly restructured vessel sharing alliances is at the root of the massive delays at the port, Nicolas Vittori, the overseas network manager for France-based Setcargo, told American Shipper.

Congestion has improved, days of delay are reduced within 1~2 days.  It is reasonable to expect that the congestion situation will be prolonged until mid-May.