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Fog clogs up Shanghai ports

HEAVY fog continued to cause congestion at Shanghai ports this morning, with more than 160 vessels canceling departures or arrivals and another 300 stranded since the fog set in last Friday, the Wusong Port immigration police said.

Although a few ships have been allowed access over the past three days, the port authority said it had no idea when the traffic would return to normal.

Luo Lijuan, an official with the Wusong immigration police, said just one ship had entered the port this morning.

The ship, from Cambodia, was originally scheduled to berth at the Zhanghuabang Port on Friday morning, but had been waiting outside the port for three days. It managed to berth at 6 this morning.

"The captain was depressed and on the verge of losing his temper after almost four days of waiting," said a port registration agent surnamed Yi. "But today at last we saw him stop frowning."

The fog has also stopped ships departing but one ship from Singapore bound for Papua New Guinea, which had been scheduled to leave on Sunday, is set to leave this afternoon.

Port police said that ships' captains predicted big losses but could nothing about it.


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