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477 bulk vessels wait to unload outside key Chinese ports

Dotting the sea off Chinese ports are 477 bulk cargo ships waiting to deliver resources from metal ore to grain into the country.

Photo: Xu Congjun/AP/Ritzau Scanpix

Queues of vessels carrying raw materials have jumped after Shanghai initiated a city-wide lockdown at the end of last month to combat Covid-19. More than two weeks on, the congestion has expanded to nearby Ningbo-Zhoushan as shipowners desperately divert ships to other ports in the country to avoid the trucker shortage and warehouse closures in Shanghai.

There were 222 bulkers waiting off Shanghai as of April 11, 15 percent higher than a month earlier, according to Bloomberg shipping data. At Ningbo-Zhoushan there were 134 carriers, 0.8 percent higher than last month, while further north, the combined ports of Rizhao, Dongjiakou and Qingdao saw a 33 percent increase to 121 vessels.

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