Logjam deepens at the world's ports as pandemic strikes shipping

Lianyungang (China) (AFP) – Towering cranes work overtime swinging containers from cargo vessels in the eastern Chinese port of Lianyungang, racing to keep ahead of a perfect storm unleashed by the pandemic that has created gridlock in global shipping. As the huge containers were flung onto trucks with a thunderous clang, Shi Jiangang, a top official with Chinese shipping company Bondex Logistics, reflected on the backlog. “It’s been a very great challenge,” he said. The ship being offloaded was a South Korean vessel that normally also carries passengers but has been given over entirely to car…

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