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Fifth of world’s containerships bogged down in port congestion

With lockdowns impacting the movement of vessels at the major Chinese ports, the congestion appears to be spreading to other ports around the globe. New data from maritime AI company Windward shows that a fifth of all the world’s containerships are stuck in port congestion. The company has calculated that a quarter of all the ships are specifically stuck at Chinese ports.

There are increasing reports of the number of containerships diverting away from Shanghai, but that is adding to the delays at other ports such as Ningbo-Zhoushan due to the added volumes, or carriers are resorting to blanked sailings.

“The lockdowns in China are heavily impacting the congestion outside the country’s ports,” writes Windward based on data pulled for its Maritime AI platform and released on April 19. “The number of container vessels waiting outside of Chinese ports today is 195 percent higher than it was in February.”


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