Meidong Container Terminal at Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan in China Suspends Operations Over Single Covid-19 Case

12/08/21

Operations at Ningbo terminal have been suspended following a single case of Covid-19. Ningbo-Zhoushan port has started to turn ships away in the wake of the positive nucleic test. The worker resides in a dormitory and tested negative on the 8th, before being retested on the 10th of August.

Initially, the ports authority claimed that its operating system was down early yesterday morning before the Ningbo Municipal Health Commission came out with the news. The infected worker was part of the workforce at Ningbo Meidong Container Terminal.

“Meidong firm immediately stopped all operations and shut down the port area after the Covid-19 test of the staff showed positive,” said Jiang Yipeng, deputy general manager of Ningbo Zhoushan Port.

The terminal is currently locked down with no movement of vehicles in or out and operations shutdown. All close contacts have been placed under observation.

The Ningbo-Zhoushan port complex handled 28.72m last year, making it the third-busiest container port in the world.

On Monday (9/08/21) there was already a large volume of tankers, bulk carriers and containerships backing up outside Ningbo-Zhoushan port. Data provided by Danish consultancy, eeSea, now shows a huge volume of boxships at anchor waiting for berth space outside Ningbo-Zhoushan.

This raises much wider fears for the supply chain if the current outbreak continues to spread with China having already put restrictions in place in a growing number of locations including Zhengzhou, Nanjing, Beijing, Wuhan, Yantai and Shanghai.

Most ports in the country are now requiring a nucleic acid test (NAT) for all crew, with vessels forced to remain at anchor until negative results are confirmed.

Many ports in the country are also requiring vessels to quarantine for 14 to 28 days if they previously berthed in India or performed a crew change within 14 days of arriving in China.

As more information is received this page will be updated accordingly.

Information sourced here & here.

Friday 13th August Update:

There has been no official announcement yet on how long the terminal will be closed. The outbreak at Yantian in eastern Shenzhen in late May resulted in a partial lockdown lasting four weeks.

The sheer enormity of Ningbo-Zhoushan port, the world’s largest port in tonnage terms, appears to have helped prevent a wider total port lockdown.

Port authorities quickly locked down the Meishan area – including the terminal and bonded warehouse – and suspended its operations indefinitely, according to a statement released by the local government in Ningbo, Zhejiang province.

However, the Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, which is also the world’s third-busiest port in terms of container traffic, remains open, and Meishan’s shipments can be redirected to other terminals, according to industry insiders.

Information sourced from here.