Strike by feeder operators on Pearl River Delta threatened for six weeks from mid-December

Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Hapag-Lloyd have warned that many feeder operators would be suspending services from late December until the Chinese New Year in mid-February. The dispute is because, due to strict Covid quarantine rules for crews, the ability of local seafarers to get home in time for Chinese New Year was threatened.

“Due to the Covid-19, quarantine requirements for the crews of the coastal feeders running between South China and Hong Kong waters, feeder operators announced their services will be suspended for a minimum of six weeks prior to Lunar New Year 2022 (February 1st to 5th 2022). In consideration of this situation, ONE will temporarily suspend the acceptance of the cargo bound for the ports in the South China area that require usage of the domestic feeders to reach the final destination. Any cargo to South China that can be serviced by an ocean vessel is not affected,” ONE stated in an advisory last week. China’s heavy quarantine rules have impacted Chinese crews – who are among the most numerous in the global merchant fleet. They were facing quarantines of up to seven weeks when they return home