Greater China

Yangtze delays expected

The Three Gorges Dam ship locks will undergo maintenance in February, which will delay cargo transits on the Yangtze, the world’s busiest river for commercial traffic.

According to China’s Ministry of Transport, the overhaul time of the Three Gorges Ship Lock will begin from February 19 and last for 33 days, while the overhaul time of the Gezhou Dam No 1 Lock will begin from February 26 and last for 20 days.

Hapag-Lloyd said in a notice sent to customers that the approximate average waiting time to pass through the dam was 15 days during the maintenance period in 2017, which impacted the transit time to upper Yangtze River areas.

The company estimates that the maintenance would also impact cargoes that are transhipped via Shanghai.


Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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