Chinese officials have issued warnings and ordered ports in the Shenzhen region to suspend operations as a strong tropical storm approached the region after bringing heavy rain to the Philippines. At least nine people have been killed in the northern and western Philippines and 16 others are missing due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rain.
Hong Kong’s weather department issued a No 8 warning signal, the second typhoon warning for the city in days. Over the weekend Hong Kong experienced a previous, weaker storm that also caused heavy rains. Saturday’s storm warning lasted nearly 24-hours making it one of the longest in recent years.
“YICT gatehouse services have been suspended at 00:01 hrs on 12 Oct 2021,” the Yantian International Container Terminal advised customers. Similar suspensions were placed on the other container ports in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta as well as in Hong Kong.
The closure comes as ports in the region are already reporting strong backlogs and heavy levels of congestion. Yantian alone handles more than 100 containerships a week with annual volumes of over 13 million TEU. A COVID-19 outbreak that impacted port operations at YICT in June caused the backlog to spike over 60 containerships and today Bloomberg is reporting that it estimates 67 ships are waiting for terminal space at Yantian, the highest since late August.
Officials were warning residents of Hong Kong to head home early and stay indoors until the storm subsides on Wednesday. Hong Kong’s harbor ferries and others operating to the outlying regions have also suspended service beginning on Tuesday.
Information sourced from here.