Heavy fog that blanketed Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta area from March 27th up until April 2nd has severely affected ocean freight carrier services and operations at both WaiGao Qiao & Yangshan terminals in Shanghai.
The Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration implemented traffic control measures over the Yangtze River waterway and Shanghai port, and advised that there are more than 1550 barges and ships delayed along the Yangtze River channel.
As a result of the berth congestion and temporary port closure caused by the dense fog, ocean going sailing schedules have been affected, with vessel arrivals and departures occurring off schedule.
It has been reported that it may take from 2-3 weeks for operations to return to normal in Shanghai.
The delays in Shanghai will have a compounding effect on sailing schedules from main ports in China already being altered by ongoing congestion at Canadian west coast ports, especially for vessels calling the Port of Vancouver.
Delmar will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure delays are minimized and that the impact to our customers’ supply chains are mitigated as much as possible.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting your local Delmar representative.