Chinese Port Authorities Tighten Vessel Crew COVID-19 Screening, Buyers Concerned

Chinese authorities have tightened screening of crew members on vessels arriving at ports after several cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on a single vessel heading from Brazil, a move that has raised concerns among buyers, sources told S&P Global Platts.

Crew members on a Panamax vessel carrying soybeans from Rio Grande, Brazil, and heading to Yantai port in North China, were tested positive for COVID-19, sources said. While en route to Yantai, the vessel crew was replaced on July 19 in Manila, Philippines, after 10 confirmed cases were reported. On July 26, the vessel was asked to temporarily dock at Yantai port, with authorities not allowing any discharging activities from the vessel, sources said. “So far, no news has been heard on a possible discharging date and we expect it to stay at the berth for at least the next 14 days,” a trader said. The cargo was bought by a Chinese soybean crusher…


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