MILAN, Aug. 11 (Class Editori) — Four Groups will team up to guarantee enough containers for maritime transport. MAERSK, CMA CGM, MSC and Evergreen Marine are working with the Port of Shanghai to create a new hub for empty containers in the Yangshan Deep Water Port. The goal is to provide a better distribution of containers avoiding issues recorded in the last months linked to their lack since full containers left the PRC without getting back due to the decrease in export related to the pandemic.
Therefore, the hub will be a terminal where to coordinate operations between shipping companies, as explained to Yicai by the Vice General Manager of the Operation and Business Department of Shanghai International Port Group, but the project also includes further smaller hubs.
Meanwhile, maritime transport of containers between China and Europe could record a new wave of delays in the arrival of container ships at European ports of call due to the restrictions that Beijing is imposing in some locations given the outbreak of new cases. According to Sea-Intelligence, the provider of Research & Analysis that raised the alarm, restrictions are already affecting the ports of Shanghai and Ningbo.
The Danish company MAERSK confirmed the news and told its clients that at least fourteen departures from Chinese ports could be delayed in the next ten weeks.
The volume of goods and containers in Chinese ports recorded a sharp growth during the first half of 2021, while the country is striving to increase shipping space and container supply, according to the Ministry of Transport. In the first six months, Chinese ports handled a volume of 7.64 billion tons of cargo, up 13.2% y-o-y and up 13.9% compared to the same period of 2019.
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