Three Gorges Dam congestion caused by annual maintenance and COSCO Shipping Lines’ Countermeasures

According to the government’s notice,the morth channel of “three gorges dam”on the Yangtze River have been under maintenance from February 2, 2017 to March 14th. The project takes 40 days to complete. This is the most comprehensive maintenance since the gorges put into use from 2003, whose estimated impact to Yangtsz feeder transportation will be up to 3 to 4 months.

Please be advised that Three Gorges Dam will commence annual maintenance from February 2, 2017 onwards,the transportation of the Yangtze River will cost more time compared with the regular service.

The impact of the feeder transport is expected to last 3 to 4 months. Details are as follows:

Three Gorges Dam 2017 COSCO annual maintenance
As of feb.16, the number of ships that wait in the vicinity of the dam to pass through Three Gorges dam accumulate approximately 900,upward478 and downwards 392 respectively. At present, the average waiting time is more than 10 days. From now on, the south channel of the Three Gorges will pass through upward sailing and downward sailing in turn every 48 hours.

Three Gorges Dam

During this weekend, the estimated number for the ship will be more than 1000, and the expect waiting time next week will be extended to 15 days. the round time of sailing is prolonged,low turnover of vessel results in capacity loss about 40-50%.