Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) has resumed normal terminal operations following a month of disruptions caused by a COVID-19 outbreak in Southern China.
Hutchison Ports Yantian announced that the outbreak had been put effectively under control in the port area, allowing the operation capacity of the terminals to have steadily recovered.
As of midnight on June 24, Yantian has resumed full operations with all berths – including the West Port Area – will essentially resume normal operations.
The number of laden gate-in tractors will be increased to 9,000 per day and the pickup of empty containers and import laden containers remain normal.
Additionally, the arrangements of accepting export laden containers will resume normal with ETA – 7 (within seven days of the vessel’s ETA).
Hutchison Ports Yantian noted: “Yantian will continue to strictly implement epidemic prevention, control measures and promote production in a safe and orderly manner.”
All operations were suspended in the western area of YICT on May 26 until June 9 when import laden containers were allowed to continue operations, with origin export containers and transhipment containers getting released from detention on June 15.
Throughout the disruptions, Maersk has provided operations updates to its customers and made adjustments to its services, including omitting Yantian from some of its vessel’s schedules.
CMA CGM, MSC and Hapag-Lloyd also omitted calling Yantian throughout the disruptions.
On June 21, Maersk informed that the Port of Yantian had gradually increased its productivity after a six-day stop on export containers.
However, the shipping line announced further diversions and omissions on its NEU, MED, EUR, USWC, USEC, SAF, WCSA and ECSA services.
At that time the average waiting time in nearby Shekou, Nansha and Hongkong was between two to four days but, as more carriers omitted Yantian, it was expected to rise.