Heavy fog that blanketed Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta area from March 27 up until now has severely affected ocean freight carrier services and operations at both Waigaoqiao & 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 the average delays for ships arriving at the Waigaoqiao terminal is 3 to 7 days, and 2 to 3 days at the Yangshan terminal.
It will take time for normal port operation to recover after heavy fog. Therefore, it is expected that there will have a continuous impact, some sailing will be delay or cancelled accordingly.
BDP International is closely working with all stakeholders to ensure delays are minimized and the impact to our customers' supply chains are mitigated as much as possible. We will continue to keep you apprised of updates as we receive them. In the meantime, please reach out to your local BDP representative with any questions or concerns.
Sources: Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration, BDP International