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China is imposing quarantines of up to 7 weeks for cargo ship crew, and it's bad news for the supply chain

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Yangluo container port on the Yangtze River, China. Getty Images
China is imposing mandatory quarantines of up to seven weeks for returning Chinese seafarers.
Crew changes are getting more difficult due to stricter government requirements, says the Global Maritime Forum.
Ships are rerouting to work around China's restrictions, prolonging shipments.
China's strict COVID-19 quarantines are making it difficult for ships to change crews, contributing to lags in the shipping process that could worsen the supply chain crisis. The country has a zero-Covid policy and is imposing ever more...
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One chart shows the dramatic drop-off in ship tracking data from China. This could be a sign of a worsening global supply chain crisis

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The number of AIS signals from ships in Chinese waters has plunged 85% in under a month.
Shipping companies use the data for a range of purposes, including the planning of shipping routes.
The decline in data could worsen the current supply chain crisis.
Ships in Chinese waters have vanished from tracking systems the maritime industry uses, a development that could worsen the global supply chain crisis. The Automatic Identification System - which relies on ships to send data to stations along the coastline or via satellites - has witnessed a plunge in the signals it receives in recent...
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