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Singapore has Been Affected by Lockdowns in China

In: Finance, Forex

Singapore is typically a refueling stop for container ships passing through the Strait of Malacca as they take goods from Northeast Asia to Europe.

Bulk carriers transporting iron ore from South America to China and tankers carrying crude oil from the Middle East to Asia also pass the port.

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co. canceled sailings from Europe to Asia that would have included stops in Singapore, according to notices sent to customers.

Container and bulk ships are skipping Asia’s largest refueling hub in Singapore as delays at ports in China and elsewhere prompt vessels to reschedule their stops to save time.

A total of 3,020 ships called at the city state to refuel last month, 441 fewer than a year earlier, according to preliminary data released by the Maritime Port Authority.

That has led to bunker fuel sales falling to 3.77 million tons in March, the lowest seasonally since 2016. Bunkering is the supplying of fuel for use by ships.

Fewer ships are stopping at Singapore as congestion at ports globally prompts companies to skip the transit hub between East and West.

Hundreds of bulk ships are waiting off East China to unload raw commodities and are likely to refuel in Guangzhou or Zhoushan instead of Singapore to save on time.

Shanghai’s lockdown to contain China’s worst Covid outbreak since 2020 has created gridlock at the world’s largest container port, with queues of vessels building there and at other stops handling diverted shipments. The situation has put more pressure on already strained global supply chains.

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