Corona diary from Shanghai: V. Group returns to a more normal and yet completely different market

The managing director of V. Group's service company SeaTec, Claus Vogel, can clearly feel how China is starting to open up again. But the situation is far from normal, neighboring countries are in effect shut down, and travel into China is very difficult, he tells ShippingWatch.

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During his first day back on the job after a significantly longer-than the one week-expected vacation, Claus Vogel wore one of the characteristic light blue protective masks for almost 11 hours straight without taking it off, and that has more or less been the case since then.

As managing director of the V. Group company SeaTec, Vogel has spent five years living in Shanghai – although he travels a lot. And right when the coronavirus started spreading in China in earnest around Jan. 23, he was set to go on vacation with his family for a week.

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