Typhoon Mangkhut Shuts Down China
The disastrous Typhoon Mangkhut landed at 5pm on Sunday on the coast of Jiangmen City, South China’s Guangdong Province with winds up to 162 km per hour. Meteorologists have called Mangkhut the world’s most powerful storm of 2018, at its peak it was the equivalent of a category 5 hurricane. Due to the typhoon more than 400 flights at two airports in China island of Hainan were cancelled Sunday morning. Flights through Shenzhen airport were also cancelled Sunday until 8am today. Airports and high-speed railways in Guangdong were also shut down Sunday effecting 100 million people. Port operations in Hong Kong were closed due to the typhoon while most ocean vessels continued on “just outside of Hong Kong, including the 18,000 teu Mette Maersk and Starbulk’s 76,417 dwt panamax bulker Star Emily, which are both in Hong Kong’s southern waters, and the 28,200 dwt handy size bulker Pacific Hope, operated by Kasuga Shipping, and Shunzan Kaiun’s 154,068 dwt Capesize Ocean Trinity, which are both are in Hong Kong’s eastern waters, according to the city’s Marine Department.” (fairplay.com) Also, bunker operations at Hong Kong were suspended today, as stated by a supplier they will be able to deliver in-port location, but terminal loadings are suspended.