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Fog still slows Shanghai ports

THE dense fog that has been hindering Shanghai ports is likely to continue today, weathermen said yesterday.

Visibility at the mouth of Yangtze River was below 500 meters and the ferries to Shanghai's three islands were suspended yesterday morning.

Changxing and Hengsha were able to resume later, but the Chongming ferry was still suspended in the afternoon.

The fog has caused more than 300 cargo vessels to cancel trips since Friday.

Several vessels have been able to move when the fog lifted occasionally in the past three days but the port authority said they did not know when water traffic would return to normal.

Only one ship entered the port yesterday morning, Luo Lijuan, an official with the Wusong Port immigration police, said.

The Cambodian vessel, originally due to berth at Zhanghuabang Port on Friday morning, had been waiting outside the port for three days before it was able to berth at 6am yesterday.

"The captain was on the edge of losing his temper after almost four days of waiting," said a port official. "But we finally saw his frowns ease."

Only one ship was allowed to leave yesterday.

A Singaporean ship heading for Papua New Guinea had been waiting since Sunday to set off.

At Waigaoqiao Port, visibility was down to about 40 meters and the number of crew stranded at the port had reached 800. Several ships were able to move after the fog started to clear at 10am yesterday.

Conditions are expected to improve on Thursday with the arrival of a cold front, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said yesterday.


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