Typhoon Chanthu Shanghai

A man walks with an umbrella amid rainfall, as Typhoon Chanthu approaches, in Shanghai, China September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song

Shanghai And Ningbo Start Reopening After Typhoon Chanthu

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September 14, 2021

(Bloomberg) –Shanghai is restarting flights and some container port operations as weakening Typhoon Chanthu heads slowly out to sea.

Shanghai’s container port, the world’s biggest, will gradually resume some container-related activities from 7 p.m. Tuesday following a suspension because of the storm, the operator said in a statement. Shanghai Airport Group said earlier on Tuesday that flights through Hongqiao airport would gradually resume from 10 a.m. Tuesday, and those at Pudong International would restart at 2 p.m.

Port operations in Zhoushan and other parts of Ningbo in Zhejiang were still shut as of Tuesday afternoon, according to spokespersons from the local maritime safety administrations. However, the Ningbo Meidong Container Terminal will resume some operations from 5 p.m., the operating company said in a statement.

Typhoon Chanthu did not make direct landfall in Shanghai Monday night, though many flights that day were canceled. The storm, which earlier affected eastern and southern China, Taiwan, and the Philippines, is expected to hover off the mouth of the Yangtze River through Wednesday, before moving northeast and weakening, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the National Meteorological Center.

As of midday Tuesday, the eye of the storm was about 175 kilometers from Shanghai, the Shanghai Daily cited the local meteorological bureau as saying, adding that the city would likely continue to experience heavy rains and strong winds, which would start to weaken Thursday.

Airports in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo canceled a total of 2377 flights Monday because of the typhoon, and another 1174 flights were scheduled to be canceled Tuesday, according to Wang Haibo, an official of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Operations at major wharfs at Zhejiang province’s Zhoushan port — home to some of China’s largest oil storage tanks and refineries — were suspended from Saturday.

Lulu Shen, Kelly Li and Claire Che, © 2021 Bloomberg L.P.

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