Busan halt ops as super typhoon impacts Asian supply chains


Asian shipping and logistics has been impacted by a super typhoon with the storm due to hit South Korea later this week.

Storm Hinnamnor has already reached Chinese and Japanese coasts over the weekend, halting operations at the Chinese ports of Yangshan and Ningbo-Zhoushan.

South Korea’s Busan port has closed as it braces for Hinnamnor to make landfall.

Winds as strong as 200 kilometres per hour and heavy rains are expected when the storm hits South Korea on 6 September.

The last storm this strong to hit South Korea was storm Maemi in 2003.

South Korea has closed schools and cancelled flights, with President Yoon Suk-yeol remaining on emergency standby for extra resource allocation.

South Korea classifies typhoons in four categories – normal, strong, very strong, super strong. Hinnamnor is expected to reach the country as a “very strong” typhoon, according to the Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA).

The region is in the thick of storm season: in September last year some of the world’s most congested container terminals halted operations as Typhoon Chanthu made landfall in East China’s Zhejiang Province and Shanghai.

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