1,000 Chinese ships are frozen in a thick layer of sea ice on Laizhou Bay in China’s Shandong province trapped by an extreme cold snap that has gripped China since November.
Temperatures in China are the lowest in 28 years – Beijing has temps as low as -14 C to -16 C and in Inner Mongolia, north of Beijing, the temperature has dropped to mind-boggling -40 C with 20 inches (50 cm) of snow in areas.
The sea ice is about 112.36 mi² (291 km²) and continuing to expand, say meteorologists with State Oceanic Administration. The ice is the worst the area has experienced in three years. Coastal police have warned that the ice could damage vessels passing through deeper sea areas near the Bohai and Yellow seas.
by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee