The Yantian port in the Guangdong, China has become unpopular among the shipping giants due to its container congestion. The wait has been for more than 16 days for docking at the terminals. Grabbing the opportunity, the Guangzhou port authorities presented the Nansha port as an alternative to Yantian port to curb the risk of a pandemic.
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According to vessel-tracking data, it’s suggested that major shipping companies like Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Yang Ming have swapped port calls at Yantian, for the Port of Nansha.
The Yantian Port, has a history of excessively high container transmission volume and high waiting periods. Due to this, last year too, shipping giants like Maersk, Ocean Network Express (ONE), Hapag-Lloyd omitted their planned schedule with Yantian port due to the high waiting period. As a result, the Port of Nansha witnessed an increase of 81% (year-on-year) in the first 5 months itself handling 17.17 million TEU. This data depicts the success of Nansha port as an alternative to the Yantian Port.
Several major shipping companies are now working with the Guangzhou Port Group, in developing Port of Nansha to a highly competitive international shipping hub, to provide an easier and faster shipping channel for enterprises in the Greater Bay Area that encompassing the Guangdong Province, Macau and Hong Kong.
The Guangzhou Port Group has scheduled several major infrastructural developments for the Port of Nansha this year. An example of which, being the development of a new, temperature-controlled facility, with an area of more than 30,000 square metres of warehousing, with several cold rooms per floor, which has been divided into, over three units of eight floors. After being finished, this facility would be the biggest of it’s kind, in South China. The infrastructural development plan also includes other prominent features like on-dock rail link, which would help divert business streams to-and-from the inland provinces.
With these developments taking place, the annual throughput of the Port of Nansha is expected to exceed 18 million TEU.