Ports around China’s Pearl River Delta have been forced to stop operations again, due to Typhoon Kompasu. At midnight, Yantian International Container Terminal in Shenzhen - Guangdong province- as well as Hong Kong port, ceased container handling operations after the Chinese weather authorities issued a yellow alert. In Hong Kong people, were advised to stay indoors.
Vessel-tracking data shows that at least 67 ships are now queued outside Yantian, the highest since 26 August. In May, a Covid-19 outbreak in Guangdong caused unprecedented congestion in Yantian, prompting liner operators to skip calls to the port. Guangdong is one of China’s industrialized provinces, making Yantian, which handled 13.34 million-TEU in 2020, one of the world’s busiest container ports.
Congestion in container ports worldwide has disrupted supply chains as ships endure a longer waiting time to berth. China, which is aiming for zero Covid-19 cases, enforces lockdowns each time an outbreak occurs, resulting in partial or full suspensions of container ports in Yantian and Ningbo-Zhoushan this year.