According to a statement from Ningbo Zhoushan Port, because of a “system outage”, all inbound and outbound container services at Ningbo Zhoushan Port Meishan Wharf were suspended on Wednesday until further notice. The city government in eastern China said an employee tested positive for the coronavirus.
This is the second time a Chinese port has been closed due to the coronavirus recently after the Shenzhen Yantian Port was closed for about a month since the end of May.
The shutdown has caused the production of products in factories and yards to stop, and it could also cause freight rates to soar to record levels.
In addition to closed terminals, containers shipped through other terminals in the port can slow down. According to a statement from the shipping and logistics company CMA CGM SA, the port now only accepts containers within two days of the ship’s estimated time of arrival.
According to the Ningbo statement, all close contacts with the infected workers have been identified and are in quarantine. A spokesman for the port, who declined to be named, said there was no new information when contacted Thursday. According to the maritime publication Lloyd’s list, in terms of container traffic in 2020, the port is the third busiest port in the world and the second busiest port in China after Shanghai.
The local government released a statement on its website on Thursday, stating that port workers who tested positive for Covid19 indicated that there are still gaps in Ningbo’s virus prevention measures and urged officials to isolate, disinfect, and shut down the affected areas to avoid the onset of the disease.