In less than two months, another accident occurred on the Sino-US maritime route, and 750 containers fell into the sea.
On January 24, local time, the multinational shipping giant Maersk Group announced that a freighter from Xiamen, China to Los Angeles, USA There was an accident during the voyage, about 750 containers were lost. It is reported that this is the second container crash that occurred on the Sino-US maritime route in two months. At the end of November 2020, a vessel sailed from Yantian, China to the United States.< span class=”entity-word” data-gid=”11317301″>The container ship in Long Beach had an accident and about 1,800 containers fell into the sea.
There have been many accidents on the Sino-US maritime routes, which have aroused the continuous attention of the international media. Even Maersk Group also stated that”this is a very serious situation” and is proceeding with the case of a freighter accident and a container crashing into the sea.”Quick and thorough” investigation. The China-U.S. sea route is one of the busiest trade routes in the world, and Sino-U.S. relations are in a relatively tense state, so the outside world is full of speculation about frequent incidents of freight between China and the United States.
There is no shortage of conspiracy theories, such as just earlier last year Sometimes, there was an article on the U.S. Navy website that pointed out that it was possible to form international pirates to intercept China’s trade routes. Now that many container ships from China to the U.S. have frequent accidents, one cannot help but think of whether there is a relationship between the two. Associated. So what is causing frequent incidents on the Sino-US maritime routes? Is it really a conspiracy by some countries? It should be said that this possibility is unlikely.
On the one hand, if the United States wants to do this, it will be very difficult to hide from the sky, and the accidental freighter only lost a small number of containers. For the huge Chinese products exported to the United States, it is just a”small waste”. . In addition, since the accident, no freighter has claimed to have been hijacked or interfered by external force. This is enough to prove that these seemingly unusual accidents should have an objective and reasonable explanation and have nothing to do with the game of big powers.
On the other hand, it is reported that freighters on Sino-US routes The frequent accidents are mainly due to bad weather, expensive shipping costs and excessive ship speeds. Some experts pointed out that extreme weather occurred in the North Pacific this winter, which increased the risk of shipping. Originally, it was possible to overcome these difficulties by reducing the speed of the ship or changing the route. However, the ship owner did not do so. Accidents occurred frequently and a large number of containers were lost.
The fundamental reason is that the shipping market is”unprecedentedly hot”,”the freight rate is skyrocketing, and it is difficult to find one”. Shipping companies require freighters to”try to be fully loaded” and”to maintain high speed at the same time” to increase Capacity, earn more profits. Therefore, the reason for the frequent occurrence of Sino-US maritime navigation accidents is mainly due to objective weather factors and the greed of subjective freight companies. This has caused many Chinese products exported to the United States to fall into cold weather when encountering extreme weather. North Pacific Ocean.
I need to point out that this looks like bad news , But not so. In terms of local events, this is indeed a”tragedy” or even a disaster, but in terms of the overall situation, the booming freight market shows that Sino-US trade is booming, especially that China is increasing exports to the US and earning a lot of foreign exchange. In fact, the data also shows that the United States lost the trade war. China earned nearly 300 billion U.S. dollars from the United States in 2020. In November last year, China earned more than 440 billion yuan.