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Chinese port congestion sees carriers prune calls to three ports

Chinese port congestion is forcing leading liners to prune calls in the world’s most populous nation.

Alphaliner is reporting the ports of Shanghai, Dalian and Shekou in western Shenzhen will each lose one weekly Asia-Europe call as carriers adjust their service rotations to avoid delays caused by port congestion.

Maersk Line and MSC have decided to skip Shanghai on their AE-2/Swan service, while the pair have also taken the decision to avoid Shekou on the westbound leg of their AE-11/Jade service.

Meanwhile, the members of THE Alliance have decided to omit the Dalian call on their

Asia – North Europe FE2 service. Future shipments to Dalian will be carried on vessels of the FE4 service for transhipment in Busan until further notice.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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