On 7 June, the Guangzhou Port Company confirmed that Nansha Port Area is operating normally, without Covid-19 cases. The company has also implemented a number of prevention measures for truck drivers to control the risk of an epidemic in the port area. This might mean that the Nansha International Container Terminal could become a viable alternative to the Yantian Port, as the latter is struggling with the Covid-19 outbreak in Guangdong province.
Vessel-tracking data suggest that amid the congestion in Yantian, THE Alliance, comprising Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express (ONE), Yang Ming and HMM, has swapped calls at Yantian for Nansha. The maiden call of the Alliance at the Guangzhou sub-port was on 2 June, when the vessel Al Zubara, deployed on FE2 Asia-North Europe service, docked the port.
Apart from this, THE Alliance is working with Guangzhou Port Group to develop Nansha into a competitive international shipping hub and provide a faster and easier shipping channel for enterprises in the Greater Bay Area that encompasses Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macau.
Additionally, Nansha is increasingly promoted as a port of call in ocean-going routes as more Chinese manufacturers shift to the western side of the Pearl River due to lower rental and labour costs.