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South China ports disruption triggers more than 130 omissions

More than 130 omitted calls and over 60 added calls have been noted for the period 23 May - 26 June due to low productivity and congestion caused by Covid-19 restrictions at South China ports.

Based on vessel schedule data updated by 11 June, EZOCEAN which belongs K Line Changsha Data Processing Company, a subsidiary of K Line China, has summarised all omitted and added calls on Asia North America and Europe trades from week 22 to week 26, reporting a total of 135 omitted and 63 added ones.

As expected, the Port of Yantian is the most affected port in the region, suffering 128 omitted calls. The number of omissions has peaked during week 24 (6-12 June), but is gradually declining in the following two weeks, according to EZOCEAN.

Meanwhile, the Port of Nansha, as the main backup port for Yantian, has seen 32 added calls and only two omissions on an Asia-MED service. The Port of Shekou has also been an alternative solution during the Yantian crisis with 12 added calls and 4 omitted ones.

Counting by container alliance, Ocean alliance, which includes CMA CGM/APL, Cosco Shipping/OOCL and Evergreen Line, shows the most changes with 55 omitted calls and
24 added calls, followed by non consortium services with 25 omitted calls and 24
added calls.

Additionally, THE Alliance, which comprises Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming, ONE and HMM, and 2M Alliance of Maersk and MSC have similar changes with 30 omitted/nine added calls, and 25 omitted/six added calls, respectively.

If we compare figures by trade, we will see Asia TPWC having the most changes with 61 omitted calls and 32 added calls, followed by Asia NEU trade with 33 omitted calls and 16 added calls. At the same time, Asia-TPEC has 29 omitted and 15 added calls, while Asia-MED only has 12 omitted calls.

Antonis Karamalegkos
Managing Editor

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