The number of vessels being diverted away from Chinese ports is climbing rapidly

The challenges for container traffic in Chinese ports are mounting as the Covid-19 outbreak continues to spread. The number of vessels either waiting to enter the ports or being rerouted is growing fast.

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The Covid-19 outbreak currently unfolding in Southern China continues to cause more problems and bottleneck issues in the container industry. In just a few days, the situation has deteriorated drastically.

According to a new update from Maersk, 40 vessels that were supposed to enter South Chinese ports have been either rerouted or attempts have been made to load the cargo onto other vessels. A few days ago, Maersk merely reported that there were "several" vessels affected by the situation.

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