Chinese container line COSCO Shipping has warned of the possible impact the Bebinca tropical storm might have on shipping routes in South-East Asia.
In a statement released on the August 14, 2018, the world’s third biggest container shipping line said ports are likely to suffer from congestions and backlogs.
Credit: The Hong Kong Observatory
Bebinca made landfall on the Chinese island of Hainan with 90km/h winds on August 10 and current forecasts map its path as traveling inland through the Leizhou Peninsula in the state of Gunagdong in south China.
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There were warnings about it spreading eastwards, with the Hong Kong Observatory issuing typhoon warnings early on August 14, though these have since been downgraded.
In a statement, Cosco said: “Tropical storm ‘Bebinca’ which has made landfall in Hainan on Aug 10 is moving near the south-east of Yangjiang city in Guangdong.
“Affected by the tropical storm, foreign trade terminals and 4 domestic trade terminals in South China including Yangjiang, Maoming, Zhanjiang, Gaolan were closed.
“Ships have anchored in harbor up to now.
“The influence area of ‘Bebinca’ will gradually enlarged.
“Feeder services were expected to be resumed around Aug.17, but the services may be affected by port congestion after that.
“Please be noted and make appropriate arrangement for your shipments.
“We will keep following and updating for this issue. If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact our local office.”