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December 2014

Chongqing leads Yangtze vessel standardisation programme

18 December 2014
Statistics from the Chongqing Port Authorities show that 1,177 vessels of various size and more than 15 years old have been withdrawn from active service, accounting for more than 75 per cent of all registered vessels in Chon...

Anqing posts 25% rise in container throughput

18 December 2014
The port of Anqing , Anhui province, posted a 25 per cent year-on-year increase in container throughput to 40,340 TEU in the first 11 months of this year....

Zhengzhou-Wanzhou rail project approved

18 December 2014
Wanzhou in Chongqing municipality is set to become one of the major port cities on the Yangtze as a plan to build a rail link between Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province, and Wanzhou has been approved, according to Xinhua....

Yibin to raise funds through port listing

18 December 2014
Sources published in China Maritime News Network say that Yibin, the most westerly port on the Yangtze trunkline, is actively considering the idea of floating Sichuan Yibin Port Company, the state-owned port operator, in a b...

Sichuan cargo throughput up 9.7% in November

10 December 2014
Ports in southwest China’s Sichuan province increased their general cargo throughput by 9.7 per cent year-on-year to 9.26m tons in November, according to the provincial department of transportation....

Wuhu port achieves throughput landmark

10 December 2014
Wuhu has become the first port in Anhui province to achieve an annual throughput of at least 100m tons. It achieved this landmark on 8 December....

LNG ships to enter service in IH 2015

10 December 2014
Chongqing's first group of nine LNG ships should be completed and put into service in the first half of 2015, according to the local port and channel authority. A 62-metre-long LNG single-fuel sand carrier, developed by Ji...

Large vessel enters service in Chongqing

3 December 2014
The largest vessel capable of sailing on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River has been permitted to enter service in Chongqing, according to China Water Transport News....

Yangtze mayors pledge to build intercity links

3 December 2014
Mayors from 27 cities along the Yangtze River, including Shanghai, Chongqing, Wuhan and Nanjing, gathered in Hefei, capital of Anhui province in late November....

Yangtze MSA battles low water levels

3 December 2014
The middle reaches of the Yangtze are currently experiencing their lowest water levels in five years and this has forced the Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities to deploy more than the usual the number of patrol boats and eme...

Additional investment for Nanjing terminal

3 December 2014
Nanjing Port has is to inject funds into Qingjiang Terminal along with Qingjiang Co, the main shareholder of the terminal, reported SinoShip News. The two partners will invest a further Rmb20m in Qingjiang Terminal, of whi...

China’s port throughput hit by sluggish foreign trade

3 December 2014
Port throughput in China grew at a relatively modest level from January to October, according to Ministry of Transport data....

Wuhan to develop Wuhan-Xinjiang-Europe rail service

3 December 2014
More than 250 people representing logistics providers from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and other countries gathered in Wuhan on 2 December to discuss cooperation on developing regular rail services from: Wuhan to...
November 2014

Yantian to invest in Huangshi port

26 November 2014
A new joint venture has been established in Huangshi, Hubei province, with investment from Shenzhen Yantian Port, according to SinoShip News....

Agility appoints China CEO

26 November 2014
Global logistics company Agility has appointed Soren Poulsen as CEO for the Greater China region, covering China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Mr Poulsen has more than 10 years experience in logistics management in China....

First international air service for Changzhou

26 November 2014
China Eastern Airlines has introduced twice-weekly flights from Changzhou, the Yangtze port city in Jiangsu province, to Seoul in South Korea....

Port integration on Yangtze mayor conference agenda

19 November 2014
The 16th Mayor Conference of Central Cities Along the Yangtze River will be held in Hefei, Anhui province, on 22-23 November....

Shanghai posts 7.5% container growth in October

19 November 2014
The port of Shanghai handled 3.02m TEU in October, an increase of 7.5 per cent on the same month in 2013, according to figures from Shanghai International Port (Group). In the first 10 months of 2014, Shanghai posted a tot...

Continental opens second Wuhu plant

19 November 2014
Global tyre manufacturer, Continental, has opened its second plant in the Yangtze port city of Wuhu, Anhui province. With an initial investment of US$41m, the new plant will be fully operational in the first quarter of 201...

Sichuan embarks on spending spree

19 November 2014
Sichuan provincial government produced a delivery plan on 16 November following the State Council’s directive on developing the Yangtze economic belt, according to local media....

Tongling aims to reach 100,000 TEU by 2020

19 November 2014
Xiao Shangjun, director of Tongling Port Authority, told China Waterway News on 17 November that the local government is developing its port to facilitate the city’s rapid industrialisation....

Panama-registered ocean liner passes Changshu

19 November 2014
Pilots in the Changshu piloting centre successfully guided a Panama-registered ocean vessel when it passed a relatively shallow section of the Yangtze River on 10 November, after taking a load of more than 10,000 tons of stee...

COSCO Logistics sets up regional HQ in Chongqing

12 November 2014
COSCO Southwest Logistics has become the latest company to establish itself in Chongqing’s Liangjiang New Area. The COSCO subsidiary will provide logistics services such as raw material distribution, warehouse manage...

Yangtze transhipments to move from Waigaoqiao to Taicang

12 November 2014
Shanghai International Port Group has plans to move its container transhipment business from Waigaoqiao to Taicang, according to an article in China Port Network. The plan refers to containers from the upper and middle rea...

Wuhan posts 19% growth in container throughput

12 November 2014
Wuhan New Port Authorities reported a year-on-year increase of 18.8 per cent in container throughput to 810,000 TEU for the first 10 months of this year....

Shanghai plans express rail between two airports

12 November 2014
The Deputy General Manager of Shanghai Airport Group Jing Yiming told local media earlier this month that a feasibility study is being conducted to build an express railway between Hongqiao and Pudong airports in Shanghai in...

Inland ports on the rise

5 November 2014
The establishment of “inland ports” is on the rise, with economic centres such as Xian and Urumqi leading the way, according to China Ports Network. Inland ports have emerged only recently thanks to the constru...

DG transport rules tighten again

5 November 2014
The Ministry of Transport issued a new directive at the end of October, stating that new applications for dangerous goods road transport companies will not be approved until the end of 2015....

Crew shortages hinder Yangtze development

5 November 2014
The poor pay, hard work and unsociable hours involved in working on Yangtze vessels is presenting a serious challenge to China’s ambition to develop a new economic belt along the river by further increasing its traffic...

Western China high-speed line nears completion

5 November 2014
The Xinjiang section of the Lanzhou-Xinjiang high-speed railway will go into service on 16 November....

Chongqing suffers severe overcapacity

5 November 2014
The latest official figures reveal that Chongqing’s total handling capacity has reached 3.5m TEU....
October 2014

Chongqing vehicle import port starts operations

22 October 2014
The first vehicle import port in western China, Chongqing Railway Vehicle Import Port, has passed official inspections and started operations. It is the first facility of its kind to open in southwest China. The first v...

New China-Europe rail freight service planned

22 October 2014
KTZ Express (KTZE) Hong Kong, a subsidiary of Kazakhstan Railways, is planning to launch over the coming year new block train services from four cities in China to Europe via Kazakhstan. The company is currently in discuss...

Sichuan aims to consolidate Yibin and Luzhou ports

22 October 2014
Sichuan provincial government is pushing Yibin and Luzhou ports to consolidate so that they have as much say as Chongqing when it comes to developing as a shipping centre for the upper reaches of the Yangtze, according to Chi...

Maersk Shipping opens office in Anqing

22 October 2014
China Water Transport News reported that Maersk Shipping has opened an office in Anqing, as of 1 October, its first in Anhui province. Maersk is represented in 32 locations in mainland China and Hong Kong....

Yibin’s oversize cargo terminal goes into operation

15 October 2014
On 6 October, the oversize cargo terminal at Yibin, Sichuan province, went into operation....

Chenglingji granted licence to receive imported grain

15 October 2014
Yueyang Chenglingji port in Hunan province has been granted a licence to receive imported grain....

Changshu MSA warns of strong winds

15 October 2014
Changshu Maritime Safety Authorities in Jiangsu province have issued a warning to all passing vessels that very strong winds, 7-8 on the Beaufort scale, have hit the Changshu section of the Yangtze River, posing grave hazards...

Cargolux increases Zhengzhou frequency

15 October 2014
Luxembourg-based carrier Cargolux is introducing a fourth weekly scheduled B747 freighter service to Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province, in response to growing customer demand....

Chongqing to Zhengzhou in under 5 hours

15 October 2014
According to the Chongqing Transport Commission, the National Development and Reform Commission has approved proposals for a new railway linking Zhengzhou, Henan province, and Wanzhou in Chongqing municipality. The Zhengzh...

Three die in Dongting Lake accident

8 October 2014
Three people were confirmed dead and two others remained missing after a boat capsized in East Dongting Lake, Hunan province on the evening of 1 October, local authorities said. A vessel carrying sand capsized in the lake...

Second bonded area likely for Anhui

8 October 2014
Anhui’s second bonded area is likely to be situated at Maanshan’s Zhengpu terminal, according to official media, with an application awaiting approval from the State Council. Covering an area of 4.21 sq km, the...

Taicang introduces new timber import regulations

8 October 2014
New regulations have been introduced by Taicang Port Authority to ensure that shippers of wood products provide an accurate and detailed packing list....
September 2014

Nantong forges links with Wuhan

24 September 2014
Nantong Mayor Zhang Guohua led a local government delegation to Wuhan between 18 and 20 September in an effort to forge extensive links with the capital of Hubei province....

Yangzhou exporters benefit from customs reform

24 September 2014
More than 2,600 companies in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, have been able to clear customs locally since 22 September as a result of major customs reform in the Yangtze River Delta, according to Yangzhou Daily....

DHL expands China-Europe rail services

24 September 2014
Express carrier DHL has launched a scheduled block train route between Suzhou, Jiangsu province, and Warsaw, offering an average transit time of 14 days....

Three Gorges water storing cycle begins

17 September 2014
The water storing cycle at the Three Gorges Reservoir started officially on 15 September, according to the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport....

Wild sturgeon nears extinction

17 September 2014
The wild Chinese sturgeon is at risk of extinction, reported Xinhua, after none of the rare fish were detected reproducing naturally in the Yangtze River last year. The wild Chinese sturgeon is thought to have existed for...

Wuhan-SF flights to start in December

17 September 2014
China Southern Airlines will offer a three-times-a-week service from Guangzhou to San Francisco via Wuhan beginning on 16 December....

Southwest Cargo Express trains launched

17 September 2014
Chengdu Railway Bureau has started to operate regular freight trains within Sichuan, Chongqing and Guizhou....

Changshu attracts record number of international vessels

17 September 2014
Suzhou port’s Changshu terminal has reported a record number of international vessels over the first eight months of 2014, according to China Ports Network News....

Sichuan’s Jan-Aug container throughput doubles

10 September 2014
General cargo throughput in Sichuan’s ports increased 26 per cent year-on-year to 6.15m tons in August, according to the province’s department of transportation. In the first eight months of this year, Sichuan&...

Yibin seeks strategic alliance with Wuhan

10 September 2014
The mayor of Yibin, Xu Jin, visited Wuhan New Port Authorities on 5 September in an effort to forge a strategic alliance with Wuhan, according to local news....

Tax rebate scheme extended to more Yangtze ports

10 September 2014
Since 1 September, qualified exporters have been able to receive tax rebates at a number of Yangtze port cities once their cargo departs from the port and is shipped abroad via Yangshan terminal in Shanghai. The move comes...

Natural gas bunkering station to open in Chongqing

10 September 2014
China Gas Holdings plans to open the first gas-fuelling station for cargo ships on the Yangtze River in October, the Wall Street Journal reported, but it will take time for the country’s shipping industry to meet govern...

Tongling stretch opens to public

10 September 2014
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport has announced that the 21.5km easterly approach in front of Tongling port became open for public use from 5 September....

Taicang aims to be hub for domestic container traffic

10 September 2014
Jiangsu provincial government has encouraged Taicang to become the provincial container hub for domestic trade, according to China Maritime News....

Hubei to consolidate Yangtze resources

3 September 2014
The provincial government of Hubei has recently finalised a plan to consolidate its resources along the Yangtze River, according to a story published in China Water Transport newspaper....

Xiangyang signs up to be Wuhan’s inland terminal

3 September 2014
The local government of Xiangyang in Hubei signed an agreement with Wuhan New Port Authorities on 21 August to become Wuhan’s first inland terminal....

Nantong wins approval to build subway

3 September 2014
The Yangtze port city of Nantong in Jiangsu province will become China’s 37th city to have a subway system, following recent approval by the central government....
July 2014

Train derailed in central China

17 July 2014
Rail traffic was restored five hours after a passenger train derailed on 12 July between the cities of Changyang and Yichang in Hubei province, according to the local railway authority....

Yangtze container throughput falls 10.3% in half year

16 July 2014
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that container throughput on the Yangtze fell by 10.3 per cent over the first six months of 2014 to 6.08m TEU....

Strong container showing for Wuhu

16 July 2014
The container throughput of Wuhu port rose by 23.2 per cent to 172,700 TEU in the first half of the year thanks to a raft of measures and incentives by the local government to encourage shipping, according to China Water Tran...

Chongqing Guoyuan logistics park to operate by 2015

16 July 2014
Construction of the logistics park at Chongqing Guoyuan Container Terminal is speeding up following the completion of the terminal’s 16 berths and an investment of Rmb6bn at the end of 2013....

Shanghai handles record 3.06m TEU in June

16 July 2014
The port of Shanghai posted a record monthly throughput of 3.06m TEU in June, an increase of 10.8 per cent year-on-year, according to Shanghai International Port (Group). In the first half of this year, Shanghai port handl...

Nanjing Airport T2 starts operations

16 July 2014
Terminal 2 of Lukou Airport in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, started operations on 12 July....

Wuhan to launch Southeast Asia container services by end July

9 July 2014
Wuhan New Port Authorities announced on 8 July that two new container services will be launched by the end of July, linking Wuhan with Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos....

Wanzhou-Hong Kong flights to start in 2015

9 July 2014
Wanzhou Airport in Chongqing municipality is planning to open a direct air route to Hong Kong from the start of 2015, according to the district government. The airport currently operates 10 domestic air routes, including f...

Chongqing steel logistics centre to move in October

9 July 2014
Chongqing’s main steel logistics centre is to open in a new location outside the city’s urban district in October. Steelmart Logistics Port will cover 133 hectares and has drawn investment of Rmb3.6bn....

318 highway repairs in Chongqing draw to a close

9 July 2014
Repair work on 318 national highway in Chongqing is set to be completed in October....

Yangtze DG shipping safety plan publicised

9 July 2014
The State Council publicised a national blueprint last week to establish a safety support system for shipping dangerous goods (DG) on the Yangtze River, according to China Water Transport News....

Chongqing posts 6.4% rise in cargo volume Jan-May

2 July 2014
The port of Chongqing posted a 6.4 per cent year-on-year increase in general cargo volume to 57.31m tonnes in the first five months of 2014, reported Xinhua. Over the same period, its airports handled a total of 118,600 to...

Services start on Yichang-Wanzhou railway

2 July 2014
A bullet train service has been launched between the Yangtze port cities of Yichang, Hubei province, and Wanzhou, Chongqing municipality....

Pilkington glass plant opens in Chongqing

2 July 2014
Wansheng Yaohua Pilkington Engineering Glass Deep Processing has started production in Chongqing, just six months after construction of the plant began....

Wuhan set to build 15 metro lines by 2020

2 July 2014
Wuhan will spend nearly Rmb145bn in the next six years to build 15 metro lines to connect the city centre with all its suburban areas, according to its urban transport network blueprint, published on 2 July for public consult...

Nanjing dredging project phase one completed

2 July 2014
The Nanjing dredging project, the biggest investment in the Yangtze waterway and one of the most complex technically, has completed its first phase 14 months ahead of schedule, according to China Water Transport News....

Wuhu becomes Anhui’s export transhipment port

2 July 2014
A scheduled container shuttle service between Anqing and Wuhu completed its maiden journey on 23 June, part of Anhui government’s efforts to develop Wuhu as the province’s container export transhipment centre....
June 2014

Shandong section of Grand Canal to operate all year round

25 June 2014
A dredging project has allowed the Shandong section of the Grand Canal to operate all year round....

Guangxi river to connect to Pearl River Delta

25 June 2014
Guangxi provincial government is expected to complete a major dredging project on the Zuojiang , a major inland river one-third of which is located in Vietnam....

Suzhou-Warsaw container railway increases frequency

25 June 2014
China Railway will upgrade its Suzhou-Warsaw container route to a weekly service from 1 July....

Chengdu bucks falling foreign trade trend

25 June 2014
Foreign trade in Chengdu grew 6.3 per cent year-on-year in the first five months of 2014 to US$22.4bn, according to local customs data....

Rainstorms batter central and southern China

25 June 2014
Heavy rainstorms have hit large areas of central and southern China over the past week, claiming dozens of lives, suspending flights and train journeys, and causing widespread flooding....

Jiangjin-Xishui expressway under construction

18 June 2014
Work on the Jiangjin-Xishui expressway started on 12 June....

Nanjing-Anqing railway to open in July

18 June 2014
The 258km-long Nanjing-Anqing intercity railway will open next month....

Wuhan tops air pollution table

18 June 2014
Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, suffered the worst air pollution of all monitored sites in China on 12 June, Chutian Metropolis Daily reported....

State Council plans Yangtze transport corridor

18 June 2014
China’s Premier Li Keqiang hosted a State Council meeting on 11 June when a blueprint for developing logistics for the medium and long term was discussed and approved....

Chizhou finds partner in port development

18 June 2014
Chizhou Jiangnan Industry Park in Anhui province has signed an agreement with Guangdong Jindonghai Corporation to develop port and logistics facilities in the park. The project is estimated to cost Rmb700m....

Zhangjiagang receives first batch of Icelandic sea cucumber

11 June 2014
The port of Zhangjiagang has received its first-ever imports of sea cucumber from Iceland, according to China Water Transport News. The batch of 23.5 tons of sea cucumber was destined for domestic consumption....

Sichuan enjoys rapid growth in container throughput

11 June 2014
Statistics from Sichuan Provincial Transport Commission show that Sichuan ports including Luzhou and Yibing on the Yangtze River trunkline achieved a total container throughput of 151,655 TEU during the first five months of 2...

Wuhan submits major dredging proposal

11 June 2014
Wuhan New Port Authorities representing Hubei provincial government has completed and submitted a major dredging proposal for the Yangtze River, calling for a water level of six metres between Wuhan and Anqing by 2020, accord...

Jan-May rail freight volume falls

11 June 2014
The amount of freight carried on China’s railways fell 3 per cent year-on-year to 1.58bn tons in the first five months of 2014, according to China Railway Corporation....

Wuhu posts 20% increase in January-April container volume

4 June 2014
The Yangtze River port of Wuhu in Anhui province posted a year-on-year 20.1 per cent increase in container volume to 113,700 TEU in the first four months of 2014, reported Xinhua. General cargo throughput via the port incr...

Yangshan expansion outlined

4 June 2014
Shanghai International Port (Group), the operator of all public terminals in Shanghai, is to spend US$1.79bn on expanding capacity by 40 per cent at Yangshan deepwater terminal....

Changzhou seeks out Israeli investment

4 June 2014
A community centre for Israelis, complete with a synagogue and kosher restaurant, are set to be established in the next two years in the Yangtze River port city of Changzhou, Jiangsu province, reported The Times of Israel....

Liangjiang posts 25% growth in auto production

4 June 2014
Liangjiang New Area in Chongqing, where the city’s major auto giants are located, has stated that nearly 600,000 vehicles were produced during the first four months of this year, generating an industrial value of nearly...

Chongqing-Yichang expressway starts trial run

4 June 2014
The 472km-long Chongqing-Yichang expressway was finally completed at the end of May, reducing the journey time between the two cities from nine hours to six hours, according to local media....

Record monthly container throughput for Wuhan

4 June 2014
Wuhan New Port Authorities reported that container throughput in Wuhan reached 89,000 TEU in May, a record for a single month. Container throughput in Wuhan and neighbouring ports has grown more than 20 per cent in the fir...
May 2014

Zhenjiang posts 7.5% rise in foreign trade cargo

28 May 2014
The Yangtze River port of Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province posted a 7.5 per cent year-on-year increase in foreign trade cargo volume to 8.9m in the first four months of this year....

China to streamline Yangtze customs clearance

28 May 2014
Measures enabling speedier customs clearance in Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone look set to be introduced to other customs points along the Yangtze River, reported Xinhua....

Another earthquake recorded near Three Gorges

28 May 2014
The Three Gorges hydropower station was reported to be operating normally after a 3.4 magnitude tremor hit Zigui county in Hubei province early on the morning of 26 May....

Surge in Chongqing laptop output

28 May 2014
According to the Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission on Monday, Chongqing assembled 18.17m laptops in the first four months of 2014, up 20 per cent over the previous year, of which 16.48m were exported....

Wuhan-Osaka flights to start in July

28 May 2014
The first direct air route between Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, and the western Japanese commercial city of Osaka will open on 18 July, said Spring Airlines. The service will operate four times a week, according to Sp...

Landslide risk high near Chongqing Fengdu

28 May 2014
A group of security experts were dispatched last week by the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport to inspect a massive crack on the right bank of the Yangtze near Fengdu district, Chongqing....

State Council starts work on alternative to Three Gorges shiplocks

28 May 2014
China Water Transport News reported on 28 May that the State Council has started work to find a viable shipping alternative to the shiplocks in the Three Gorges Dam....

First LNG container barge wins safety approval

28 May 2014
Wang Shiming, deputy director of Jiangsu Maritime Safety Authorities, announced on 27 May that China’s first liquefied natural gas-powered vessel has been approved by the Ministry of Transport and that it will start its...

Taicang officials investigate factory rejects

28 May 2014
China Inspection and Quarantine officials visited a Taicang textile manufacturer earlier this month to investigate a consignment of goods that had been rejected by the one of the factory’s clients in Japan....

LNG bunkering station opens on Yangtze

21 May 2014
The first liquefied natural gas bunkering station on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River has opened in the city of Yidu in Hubei province, SinoShip News reported. The station has a daily capacity of 135,000 cubic metres...

Three Gorges shiplocks cargo hits all-time high in April

21 May 2014
The amount of cargo passing through the Three Gorges Dam shiplocks totalled an all-time monthly high of 10.33m tonnes in April....

San Francisco-Chengdu flights to start 11 June

21 May 2014
United Airlines is to start services between Chengdu and San Francisco from 11 June, becoming the first carrier to start direct flights between the US and China’s southwest....

Chongqing-Europe train frequency set to increase

21 May 2014
The number of freight trains expected to run on the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe railway will be increased to two or three daily by 2015, according to Dong Jianguo, vice secretary of Chongqing municipal government. The 11,000...

HK tycoon elected honorary head of Yangtze chamber

21 May 2014
Li Ka-shing of Cheung Kong was elected on 20 May as one of three honorary directors of the newly formed Yangtze International Chamber of Commerce....

Timber reserves base for northeast China

14 May 2014
Construction has started on China’s first timber reserves base on the border between China and Russia, according to SinoShip News. The Rmb2bn project, invested by China Forestry Group Corporation, will occupy 335,000...

Chongqing-Helsinki service to become daily

14 May 2014
The frequency of flights between Helsinki and Chongqing is to be increased to six a week by next year and daily by 2016, according to Finnair....

Direct air route between Taiwan and Yichang

14 May 2014
A direct air service has started between Taiwan’s Taichung and the Yangtze port city of Yichang in Hubei province. The Airbus 320 flight is operated by Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways....

Lightening requirement concludes in middle reaches

14 May 2014
Yichang Maritime Authorities have ended their lightening efforts as the water level in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River has continued to rise since the beginning of May....

Guizhou to connect Wu River with Yangtze by year end

14 May 2014
Guizhou province, one of 11 provinces and municipalities included in the central government’s strategy for a Yangtze Economic Belt, is investing Rmb2bn in the Wu River this year with the completion of a major dredging p...

Jiangxi to invest Rmb2.5bn in Nanchang port

14 May 2014
Jiangxi Provincial Commission for Reform and Development announced on 9 May that the provincial government is to invest more than Rmb2.5bn in developing Nanchang port located on the Gan River, a major tributary of the Yangtze...

Gan River to accommodate 2,000dwt vessels

7 May 2014
One of the Yangtze’s major tributaries, the Gan River in Jiangxi province, will see the completion of its largest dredging project on the 175km Nanchang-Hukou section by the end of this year, according to provincial tra...

Wuhan New Port FTZ likely to be approved by year end

7 May 2014
The application for the creation of Wuhan New Port Free Trade Zone is likely to receive approval by the end of this year, a Wuhan government work conference was told on 4 May....

Maritime litigation soars

7 May 2014
Statistics from Wuhan Maritime Court show that litigation has more than doubled in the last three years, reflecting the continuing impact on the maritime industry of the worldwide economic crisis that began in 2008....

Shift in Chongqing freight to waterways

7 May 2014
Chongqing posted a year-on-year 6.2 per cent increase in import and export container volume to 137,000 TEU in the first quarter of 2014, reported Xinhua....

Wuhu FDI increases 20% in first quarter

7 May 2014
The city of Wuhu in Anhui province attracted US$458m of utilised foreign investment in the first quarter of 2014, up 20.3 per cent year-on-year....

Yangtze tunnel collapse kills six

7 May 2014
Six workers were killed and two others slightly injured after a collapse in a tunnel under construction in the eastern province of Anhui on 3 May, local authorities said. The accident happened shortly after midnight in a t...

Chongqing completes helicopter assembly line

7 May 2014
Chongqing has finished building a helicopter assembly line and production will start in mid May with an annual capacity of fifty....
April 2014

Chongqing terminal to be completed next year

30 April 2014
Guoyuan terminal in Chongqing’s Liangjiang New Area will be completed next year, according to the municipality’s transport commission....

Researchers warn of possible major Yangtze landslide

30 April 2014
A study by the University of Nottingham Ningbo has revealed that a huge prehistoric landslide once blocked the Yangtze River, and it warned that such an event could happen again....

Relaunch of Wuhan-Europe railway

30 April 2014
Services have resumed on the Wuhan-Xijiang-Europe rail route after they were suspended for technical reasons. A freight train bound for Lodz in Poland began its 15-day journey on 23 April....

Premier calls for Yangtze economic belt

30 April 2014
Chairing a recent meeting in Chongqing, Premier Li Keqiang discussed building an economic belt along the Yangtze River to underpin country’s sustainable economic development....

Yichang vessel detained for draught infringement

23 April 2014
Yichang Maritime Safety Authorities detained a local vessel trying to pass the Three Gorges shiplocks on 20 April....

Yibing and Luzhou ports to coordinate development

23 April 2014
Sichuan Provincial Commission of Reform and Development hosted a conference in Yibing on 16 April, setting out a strategy to consolidate and coordinate the development of Yibing and Luzhou ports, and over time to build a regi...

Hubei pledges support to Luzhou-Wuhan-Taiwan route

23 April 2014
Wuhan New Port Authorities, representing Hubei provincial government, pledged continued support to the Luzhou-Wuhan-Taiwan route at a conference on 18 April when all the operators and relevant government departments gathered...

Stronger waterways protection urged by lawmakers

23 April 2014
The punishment for destroying China’s waterways is to be increased, according to a law drafted by the National People's Congress Standing Committee....

Hubei to set up Yangtze task force

16 April 2014
Hubei provincial governor Wang Guosheng chaired a special meeting last week focusing on the issue of speeding up the development of the Yangtze....

Fog delays 50 ocean vessels in Shanghai

16 April 2014
More than 50 ocean vessels were held back from leaving Shanghai on 10 April when the Yangtze mouth was enveloped in heavy fog, reducing visibility to less than 200 metres....

Taicang and Shanghai to operate JV terminal

16 April 2014
Shanghai and its neighbouring port Taicang have formed a joint venture agreement to operate two Taicang berths, Xinhua reported. Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) will hold a 45 per cent stake in the joint venture c...

Hubei backs water pollution control measures

9 April 2014
Hubei province, in central China, is increasing measures to fight water pollution, reported China Daily....

Jiangsu invests in expressway network

9 April 2014
The eastern coastal province of Jiangsu plans to invest at least Rmb5.63bn on expressway projects in 2014. This year, the province will aim to complete the Gaochun-Wuhu and Nantong-Yangkou port expressways, while continuin...

Badong section of Yuyi expressway in service

9 April 2014
The 172km Yichang-Badong section of the Chongqing-Yichang expressway has been completed and put into service....

Wuhan sees 21% increase in Q1 container throughput

9 April 2014
Official statistics show that Wuhan’s container throughput in the first quarter of 2014 increased 21 per cent year-on-year to 210,000 TEU, with general cargo throughput rising 16.5 per cent to 28.38m tons. Zhang Lin...

Zhangjiagang approves three new berths

2 April 2014
Three new 10,000-tonne-plus berths have passed inspection checks in Zhangjiagang’s Shengtai general terminal, raising to 77 the total number of berths open to service in the Yangtze River port. With a designed annual...

Suzhou becomes China’s fifth largest general cargo port

2 April 2014
The Yangtze River port of Suzhou in Jiangsu province recorded a throughput of 454m tonnes last year, ranking it fifth in China in terms of general cargo after Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Tianjin and Guangzhou, according to sta...

Earthquake hits Three Gorges area

2 April 2014
A 4.7-magnitude earthquake hit the Three Gorges area on 30 March, although the hydropower facility was reported to have been unaffected....

China tightens road safety checks

2 April 2014
The Ministry of Public Security has pledged to crack down on traffic violations across the country following a number of road accidents in March....

Approval granted to China’s first market-priced railway

2 April 2014
China’s National Development and Reform Commission has approved the country’s first freight railway whose fees will be based on market demand, reported China Daily. The line being constructed in northern China...

New Yangtze bridge opens in Chongqing

2 April 2014
Dongshuimen Yangtze River Bridge in Chongqing municipality officially opened on 31 March....

Hyundai to build car factory in Chongqing

2 April 2014
South Korea’s largest carmaker, Hyundai Motor Group, will build a fourth China plant in Chongqing with a designed production capacity of 300,000 vehicles a year....

Jiangxi Rongshun Shipping given safety warning

2 April 2014
Chief Safety Inspector Huang Kejian of the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport has called in senior representatives of Jiangxi Rongshun Shipping and given them a safety warning, following a major acci...

Wuhan opens new container terminal

2 April 2014
The first phase of Wuhan Huashan container terminal opened for business on 31 March....

First 30 ‘trusted’ vessels named for Three Gorges

2 April 2014
Thirty vessels have recently been granted “trusted” status by the Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs....
March 2014

Foreign vessel discharges wastewater into Yangtze

26 March 2014
A foreign cargo ship has been caught discharging ballast water into the lower reaches of the Yangtze River....

Xijiang cargo volume reaches 161m tonnes in 2013

26 March 2014
Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region in southwest China has invested a total of Rmb22bn in the Xijiang River since 2008, reported Xinhua....

Growth in road and waterway traffic

26 March 2014
China recorded increases in both road and waterway cargo transport volume in the first two months of this year, according to the Ministry of Transportation....

Fog delays flights at Wuhan airport

26 March 2014
Heavy fog on 26 March stranded more than 3,000 passengers at Wuhan’s Tianhe airport. Visibility was less than 150 metres at the airport and 30 flights were delayed, said airport sources....

China to control exploitation of Yangtze

19 March 2014
The Chinese government will adopt its strictest measures ever to control the exploitation of the Yangtze River, a reliable source told Economic Information Daily. The National Development and Reform Commission, China&rsquo...

Three Gorges water level falls below 162m

19 March 2014
The water level in the Three Gorges reservoir has continued to decline, falling to 161.8 metres in the Wanzhou section in Chongqing municipality on 13 March. The local marine department in Wanzhou district has taken variou...

Cash rewards for rescuing Yangtze porpoises

19 March 2014
People are to be offered cash rewards for helping to save a threatened cetacean in the Yangtze River delta, reported People’s Daily. Those who report an injured or at risk Yangtze finless porpoise − and help sa...

Congressman calls for co-ordinated dam management

19 March 2014
Tang Guanjun, director of the Yangtze Administration under the Ministry of Transport and delegate of the National People’s Congress, has told the ongoing congress that the increasing number of newly-built hydropower pro...

Jingzhou throughput hits 100,000 TEU

12 March 2014
The Yangtze River port of Jingzhou, in Hubei province, recorded a throughput of 100,000 TEU for the first time in 2013....

Strong transhipment growth for Shanghai

12 March 2014
The world’s largest container port, Shanghai, recorded a river-sea intermodal transhipment volume of 15.27m TEU last year, an increase of 9.6 per cent....

Wuhu to build railway logistics park

12 March 2014
The city of Wuhu in Anhui province plans to spend Rmb2.5bn on a railway logistics park in its Sanshan district, reported Xinhua. Wuhu Railway Comprehensive Logistics Park will be jointly invested by Shanxi PORTINT Internat...

Second airport for Chengdu

12 March 2014
Chengdu will begin construction of a second airport in the first half of 2015, and possibly earlier, according to Tang Limin, head of Sichuan’s development and reform commission. The new airport, located about 60km e...

Approval for UK to open Wuhan consulate

12 March 2014
The Chinese government has given formal approval for the opening of a British Consulate General in Wuhan....

Nanjing places major order for electric vehicles

12 March 2014
Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, has ordered more than 1,000 fully electric transit buses and taxis from the Shenzhen-based automaker BYD....

Maanshan container traffic increases 25%

5 March 2014
The Yangtze river port of Maanshan in Anhui province recorded a 25 per cent year-on-year increase in container throughput to 8,204 TEU in January 2014....

Waterway traffic up 5.6% in January

5 March 2014
China’s national waterway traffic increased 5.6 per cent year-on-year to 400m tonnes in January, reported Xinhua. Road freight traffic increased 9.3 per cent to 2.87bn tonnes....

Port capacity expansion for Guangxi

5 March 2014
Guangxi autonomous region in southwest China plans to spend Rmb4bn-5bn on developing infrastructure on the Xijiang River to increase river port capacity by 25m tonnes. Xinhua reported that the Guangxi government aims to de...

Call for regular China-Russia train freight services

5 March 2014
In late February, Russian delegates attending the Yangtze-Volga Cooperative Meeting visited Tuanjiecun container station in Chongqing’s Shapingba district....

BASF to build new plant in Nanjing

5 March 2014
Chemicals giant BASF is to build a new production plant to manufacture specialty amines at its existing wholly-owned site in Nanjing Chemical Industry Park....

ST Yangtze Phoenix sheds 1,848 staff

5 March 2014
In a drastic move to save ST Yangtze Phoenix from delisting, the shipping company, under Sinotrans Yangtze Shipping Group, has laid off 1,848 staff....

Major collision in Huangpu River

5 March 2014
A 10,000dwt loaded vessel that was attempting to berth collided with another passing vessel in the Huangpu River at 1pm on 3 March, causing it to collide with several other small boats....
February 2014

New services boost Wuhan container throughput

26 February 2014
Wuhan New Port recorded a container throughput of 73,100 TEU in January, an increase of 23 per cent year-on-year. General cargo throughput grew 16 per cent to 8.55m tonnes, according to Xinhua....

Bengbu port phase 2 to open soon

26 February 2014
Work on phase two of Bengbu river port, costing Rmb274m, has recently been completed and is due to open shortly. It will become the first container port in the north of Anhui province....

Xuzhou port volume hits 82m tonnes in 2013

26 February 2014
The Grand Canal port of Xuzhou handled 82.26m tonnes of cargo in 2013, which was 14 per cent more than in the previous year, Xinhua reported....

Cost of natural disasters in China doubles in 2013

26 February 2014
Natural disasters including droughts, floods and earthquakes cost China Rmb421bn in 2013, nearly double the total for 2012. Data released by the National Statistics Bureau showed flooding and mudslides cost China Rmb188bn...

Operations resume after Gezhouba shiplock repairs

26 February 2014
The Gezhouba shiplocks resumed normal service at 5pm on 24 February when Tang Guanjun, director of the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport, announced the completion of maintenance repair work on the G...

Chongqing warns of severe shipping risks

26 February 2014
Chongqing Maritime Safety Authorities have said that the upper reaches of the Yangtze River are experiencing very low water levels and have warned of severe shipping risks....

Pan-United invests in second Changshu facility

19 February 2014
Singapore’s Pan-United Corporation, through its 85.5 per cent-owned Changshu Xinghua Port (CXP), has spent Rmb436.5m for a 90 per cent stake in a multi-purpose terminal, Changshu Changjiang International Port (CCIP)....

Sichuan port cargo throughput up 13.5% in January

19 February 2014
General cargo throughput in the major ports of Sichuan province, southwest China province, increased 13.5% year-on-year to 7.6m tons in January 2014, according to the province’s department of transportation. Last mon...

Difficult sailing conditions on Yangtze

19 February 2014
Sailing conditions continue to be difficult in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River....

Work to start soon on Shanghai-Nantong bridge

19 February 2014
Construction work will start at the end of this month on the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge connecting Shanghai and Nantong in Jiangsu province....

MOT tries to root out sole operators on Yangtze

19 February 2014
A new regulation issued by the Ministry of Transport that takes effect on 1 March stipulates that sole shipping operators on the Yangtze will be restricted to transporting only general cargo....

Yangzhou faces crew shortage

19 February 2014
Yangzhou Maritime Safety Authorities in Jiangsu province have released employment statistics that show a shortage of more than 4,000 crew members needed for existing vessels that ply the area within its remit....

Taizhou discovers infectious bacteria in containers

19 February 2014
Inspectors from Jiangsu Taizhou Inspection and Quarantine Bureau have discovered the first case of the acinetobacter Iwoffii bacterium from a container loaded with dried shrimps from Indonesia....

Nantong sees 7% increase in international vessels in January

19 February 2014
Statistics from Nantong Maritime Safety Authorities show that there were 363 international vessel arrivals and departures in Nantong in January, up seven per cent year-on-year, carrying a total of 3.6m tons of cargo, up five...

Zhangjiagang posts 4% growth in 2013 timber imports

12 February 2014
Timber imports through the Yangtze port of Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province, increased 4 per cent year-on-year in 2013 to 3.07m cubic metres. The value of these imports was up 7 per cent to US$776m....

Gales disrupt vessels in Yangtze mouth

12 February 2014
Storm force gales in the Yangtze Mouth area caused nearly 20 vessels to break loose from their anchorage at dawn on 10 February. Waves were up to four metres high, according to China Water Transport News....

Gezhouba shiplock starts 20-day suspension for repairs

12 February 2014
On 5 February, a 20-day repair project began on the Gezhouba Dam’s No.2 shiplock, leading to a suspension of operations....

Hubei to invest Rmb7bn in inland shipping in 2014

12 February 2014
Zhu Xiaoguang, head of Shipping and Ports in Hubei government, has said that the provincial government plans to invest Rmb7bn in inland shipping infrastructure projects in 2014....
January 2014

Call for Yangtze vessels to upgrade fuel

22 January 2014
Shanghai has pledged to crack down on violators of a new air pollution alarm system that was issued last week....

Cargo train links east China with central Asia

22 January 2014
Services began on 20 January of a cargo train linking east China with five central Asian countries....

Hubei’s foreign trade rises 14% in 2013

22 January 2014
The foreign trade value of Hubei province in 2013 increased 14 per cent year-on-year to US$36.39bn, according to the statistics released by Wuhan customs....

Jiangxi to invest Rmb14bn linking up two Yangtze tributaries

22 January 2014
The provincial government of Jiangxi announced on 17 January that it would spend five to eight years and approximately Rmb14bn on linking two major Yangtze River tributaries, the Ganjiang and Fuhe....

Container vessel capsizes in Shanghai

22 January 2014
A container vessel capsized in the Yangtze River near Chongming Island in Shanghai on the evening of 16 January, causing all 200 containers it was carrying to fall into the water....

Shanghai allows emergency anchoring for sick crew member

22 January 2014
An ocean vessel registered in Liberia was allowed to anchor in Shanghai as an emergency due to one of its crew members falling sick, suspected to be appendicitis....

Wuhan to launch direct service to Vietnam and Thailand

22 January 2014
Senior officials from Wuhan New Port Authorities representing Hubei provincial government said that they are conducting a detailed survey among all major import and export companies to quantify the annual volumes of container...

Shipping line punished for lying about draught

22 January 2014
The Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs has handed its biggest punishment so far to Chongqing Qiaotai Shipping: a suspension of the company’s application for passing the shiplocks in the Three Gorges and...

Water level falls in Three Gorges Reservoir

15 January 2014
Affected by low water inflow rates from the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, the water level in the Three Gorges Reservoir has continued to decline since the start of December, falling to 171.92 metres on 10 January. In...

Railway cargo volume to rise 2% in 2014

15 January 2014
China’s railways are expected to carry 3.28bn tons of cargo this year, up 2 per cent from last year, according to Sheng Guangzu, general manager of China Railway Corp....

Arkema to build new plant in Changshu

15 January 2014
France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema, is to construct of a new organic peroxide plant on its existing site in the Yangtze port city of Changshu in Jiangsu province....

Dutch consulate opens in Chongqing

15 January 2014
The Netherlands has opened a consulate in Chongqing, its third in mainland China after Shanghai and Guangzhou....

Yangtze River Administration makes new year pledges

15 January 2014
Officials at the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport have set themselves 10 tasks to complete by end of 2014 that are designed to bring tangible benefits to companies and the general public....

First regular coal shipping service on Yangtze

15 January 2014
Shipping coal, the staple commodity transported by vessels plying the Yangtze for centuries, has finally been upgraded; a regular service will be launched for the first time on the river just before the Chinese New Year, whic...

Yangtze container throughput up 9.1% in 2013

8 January 2014
Figures released by the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that the major ports along the Yangtze trunkline reported a combined throughput of 13.57m TEU for 2013, representing a year-on-year inc...

Traffic lane system now covers entire Yangtze trunkline

8 January 2014
The last stretch of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River started to adopt the traffic lane system from 1 January, according to the Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities....

Nantong doubles copper concentrate imports in 2013

8 January 2014
Copper concentrate imports into the Yangtze River port of Nantong in Jiangsu province totalled 2.109m tonnes in 2013, up 98 per cent on 2012, according to a Xinhua report citing data from Nantong Entry-Exit Inspection and Qua...

Maanshan bridge opens

8 January 2014
The Rmb7bn Maanshan Yangtze River Bridge in Anhui province opened on 31 December. The six-lane highway bridge starts in Laoqiao township in He county and ends at Dangtu county....

Shrinking lake reveals ancient stone bridge

8 January 2014
A stone bridge dating back to the Ming dynasty has been discovered after water levels plunged at China’s largest freshwater lake, Beijing News reported. The remains of the 2.9km-long bridge, made entirely of granite...

Goodman starts to build distribution centre in Suzhou

8 January 2014
Goodman, the Australia-headquartered property company, has held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new distribution centre in Suzhou, Jiangsu province. Located in the city’s Wujiang district, the centre will be develo...

Lenovo opens facility in Wuhan

8 January 2014
The world’s largest PC manufacturer has opened a research, development and production facility for smartphone and tablet products in Wuhan, capital of Jiangsu province. Lenovo hopes that the 200,000 sq metre plant wi...

Italian consulate opens in Chongqing

8 January 2014
The Italian Consulate General in Chongqing was officially opened on 30 December....

SinoTrans Yangtze Shipping companies likely to be delisted

8 January 2014
Several local media reports predict that two subsidiaries of SinoTrans Yangtze Shipping are likely to be delisted from the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, whose regulations stipulate that such action must follow three...

Wuhan provides incentives to attract logistic providers

8 January 2014
Wuhan government has recently announced a package of incentives to attract the world’s top 100 logistic providers to the city....
December 2013

Yangtze MSA issues cold front alert

18 December 2013
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities issued a safety alert on 16 December following a major cold front enveloping the entire river that had already plunged temperatures to below 10°C....

Three Gorges water level falls by a metre

18 December 2013
A report by the Three Gorges Administration showed that the water level behind the Three Gorges Dam has fallen by nearly 0.9 metres since it reached 175 metres briefly on 11 November....

Taicang reaps benefits of sea port status

18 December 2013
Taicang’s new status as a sea port has reduced shipping costs and improved efficiency for users, according to a report by China Water Transport published on 13 December....

New Chongqing terminal starts operations

18 December 2013
Chongqing Guoyuan terminal on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River was put into use earlier this month....

Zhangjiagang posts strong container growth

18 December 2013
The Yangtze River port of Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu province handled 1.38m TEU between January and October this year, an increase of 14.4 per cent year-on-year, according to a Xinhua report. General cargo throughput in this...

Fog disrupts Chongqing airport

18 December 2013
Heavy fog on the morning of 17 December delayed more than 60 flights at Chongqing Airport, affecting nearly 6,000 passengers....

Strong November container growth for Shanghai

11 December 2013
Shanghai port recorded a 4.3 per cent year-on-year increase in container throughput in November 2013, according to figures from Shanghai International Port (Group). The world’s busiest container port registered a vol...

Surge in Jiangyin’s coal imports

11 December 2013
The Yangtze port of Jiangyin in Jiangsu province imported 1.24m tons of coals valued at US$123m in the first 11 months of this year....

Record shipping throughput for Three Gorges Dam

11 December 2013
The throughput of the five-tier ship locks of the Three Gorges Dam will reach a record high this year, according to Ji Yujian, head of the Three Gorges Navigation Administration. By 7 December, the ship locks’ throug...

New Zhengzhou- Liège air cargo service

11 December 2013
Chinese air cargo specialist Navitrans is launching a freighter service between Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province, and the Belgian city of Liège....

Sustainable development focus for French in Wuhan

11 December 2013
French Consul General Philippe Martinet has said he will make sustainable development his main mission in developing ties between France and Wuhan, capital of Hubei province. Wuhan, a sister city to Bordeaux and Essonne, i...

Yangtze barge sinks in heavy fog

11 December 2013
A barge named Suhuai Cargo 10996 carrying 1,200 tons of sand sank near Jiujiang No.2 Power Plant on the morning of 8 December amid heavy fog, causing all four crew members to fall into the water, according to the China Water...

Increased water level set for Zhenjiang section

11 December 2013
A ceremony was held on 10 December to mobilise Yangtze waterway workers involved in laying new buoys along what is known as the Taipingzhou Fast Lane. The project is scheduled to finish by 30 December....

Nanjing lobbies central government for Yangtze shipping centre status

11 December 2013
Nanjing is lobbying the State Commission for Development and Reform to join Shanghai, Wuhan and Chongqing as a shipping centre in the national strategy for developing the Yangtze Economic Belt, according to China Water Transp...

InterMax acquires Yangtze barge company

4 December 2013
The China-based logistics company InterMax has acquired Hualong Shipping, a Yangtze River shipping company....

Chengdu and Qinzhou plan railway connection

4 December 2013
Two port authorities in southwestern China have signed a framework agreement to build a connecting railway....

12% growth in Yangtze foreign trade throughput in 3Q

4 December 2013
Latest statistics from the Yangtze River Administration of Navigational Affairs under the Ministry of Transport show that foreign trade-related cargo throughput jumped 11.5 per cent year-on-year to nearly 64m tons during the...

Yangtze MSA sets up DG emergency response network

4 December 2013
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities has ramped up its dangerous cargo emergency response capability by setting up a series of equipment warehouses in Wanzhou (Chongqing), Wuhan (Hubei), Jiujiang (Jiangxi) and Wuhu (Anhui), ac...
November 2013

PYI positive about Yangtze port prospects

27 November 2013
The Hong Kong-based bulk cargo port and infrastructure group PYI reported a mixed performance from its Yangtze port investments in the six months ending 30 September 2013....

Truck freight traffic up 11.2% Jan-Oct

27 November 2013
Ministry of Transport data show that China’s truck freight traffic increased 11.2 per cent year-on-year to 29.1bn tonnes in the first 10 months of this year....

Wacker to double polymer powder output in Nanjing

27 November 2013
The Munich-based specialty chemical company Wacker Chemie is planning to double its production capacity for dispersible polymer powders at its plant in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province....

Industrial dumping damages Yangtze shipping channel

27 November 2013
Severe damage has been done to the main shipping channel in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River near Zhangjiagang, according to the Yangtze Waterway Bureau, and the Yangtze police are now involved in bringing the perpetrat...

Gezhouba Dam shiplock to be suspended in February

27 November 2013
The Yangtze River Administration hosted a workshop on 21 November with some of the major shipping lines and transport authorities in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River to brief them on the pending repair project on the No...

10% LNG fuel target for inland shipping by 2020

27 November 2013
The head of waterway transport department at the Ministry of Transport, Song Dexing, said that China aims to increase liquefied natural gas consumption to 10 per cent of all fuels used on inland vessels by 2020....

Luzhou-Wuhan-Taiwan service gets Three Gorges priority

20 November 2013
The Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs confirmed recently that as of 14 October, the express service between Luzhou, Wuhan and Taiwan had been given special priority when passing the shiplocks at the Three Go...

Wuhan launches DG rail service

20 November 2013
A special rail service designed to transport dangerous goods for Sinopec’s 800,000-ton ethylene project in Wuhan was launched on 17 November....

Yichang aims to become shipbuilding centre by 2016

20 November 2013
Yichang, where the Three Gorges Dam is located, has vowed to become the largest shipbuilding centre in the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze by 2016....

Decline in October river port throughput

20 November 2013
Container throughput at Chinese ports increased 5.7 per cent year-on-year in October to 15.949m TEU. Out of this total, seaports handled 14.317m TEU in the month, up 7.1 per cent from the same month last year....

Taizhou Bridge wins engineering award

20 November 2013
Taizhou Bridge over the Yangtze River in Jiangsu province has won the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence at an annual event in London organised by The Institution of Structural Engineers. The world’s...

Record cargo value for Chengdu-Europe railway

20 November 2013
A recent service on the Chengdu-Europe railway carried a cargo value of US$10.15m, the highest level recorded so far according to a report by Xinhua. Dell laptops manufactured in Chengdu accounted for more than half the fr...

Chongqing West station to open in 2016

20 November 2013
Construction of Chongqing West Railway Station, the largest station in west China, is set to begin in 2014, according to Chongqing Development and Reform Commission. The station, located in Shangqiao, Shapingba district, i...

L'Oreal completes expansion of Yichang plant

20 November 2013
France-based L'Oreal has completed the expansion of a factory in Hubei province that makes it the global cosmetic company’s largest production base in the Asia-Pacific region. Located in the Yangtze port city of Yich...

Merck to build Nantong facility

20 November 2013
German company Merck is to build a Rmb650m pharmaceuticals plant in Nantong, Jiangsu province. When completed in 2017, the plant will produce medicines to treat diabetes, thyroid and cardiovascular diseases....

Shanghai handles more containers in October

13 November 2013
Shanghai, the world’s busiest container port, handled 2.81m TEU in October, according to figures from Shanghai International Port (Group)....

China transport volumes up 10% Jan-Sept

13 November 2013
China’s roads, railways and waterways posted a cargo transport volume increase of 9.8 per cent year-on-year in the first nine months of 2013 to 32.38bn tonnes....

Winter discount on Yangtze cruises

13 November 2013
The American cruise line Victoria Cruises is offering steep winter discounts on its four- and five-day Three Gorges programme throughout January and February 2014. Reduced rates start at US$470 per person, based on double...

Formica builds plant in Jiujiang

13 November 2013
Formica Group, the world’s leading laminate surfacing producer, has opened a new production facility in the Yangtze port city of Jiujiang, Jiangxi province....

New animal feed plant to be built in Nanjing

13 November 2013
Archer Daniels Midland of the US is building a new feed-premix plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu province....

Zhenjiang’s new terminal nears completion

13 November 2013
The finishing touches are being put to Zhenjiang’s new terminal, Xinmingzhou, before it starts operation by the end of this year, according to local media....

Shanghai-Luzhou-Kunming intermodal service launched

13 November 2013
Forty containers from Shanghai completed a 13-day journey via the Yangtze to Luzhou and then by rail to Kunming on 8 November, marking the first Shanghai-Luzhou-Kunming intermodal container service, according to China Waterwa...

New court order for debt-ridden Phoenix Shipping

13 November 2013
Phoenix Shipping, the listed arm of China Sinotrans Yangtze National Shipping, the largest barge operator on the Yangtze, received another court order from Wuhan Maritime Court on 6 November, demanding it pay two of its debto...

Move to improve DG inspection efficiency at Yangshan port

8 November 2013
Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration and the Inspection and Quarantine Authority have joined in a month-long campaign to uphold regulations on dangerous chemicals and their packaging in Yangshan bonded port area to promote...

PSA acquires terminal in Lianyungang

8 November 2013
PSA has taken over a container terminal in the sea port of Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, which is expected to start operations next year. The project was owned by China Shipping Container Lines and Lianyungang Port Group....

Chongqing computer output continues to grow

8 November 2013
The computer output of Chongqing municipality jumped 28 per cent year-on-year to 39.68m units in the first nine months of this year, according to the local statistics bureau. The city’s output of notebooks amounted t...

Yangtze October container throughput falls 8.6%

7 November 2013
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that container throughput via the major ports along the Yangtze trunkline declined by 8.6 per cent year-on-year to 1.04m TEU in October....

Yangtze claims 34 lives in first 10 months

7 November 2013
As many as 34 people died or disappeared and are presumed dead on the Yangtze River during the first 10 months of 2013, up 26 per cent over the same period last year, according to the latest official statistics....

New cargo for Yangtze ro-ro service

7 November 2013
Thirty tankers carrying spirits made in Sichuan successfully completed a successful first journey on a Yangtze roll on, roll off service a week ago....

Large vessels restricted by Chongqing MSA

7 November 2013
Chongqing Maritime Safety Authorities has said that vessels with an air draught of more than 17 metres will not be issued with shipping permits from mid November as the water level in the Three Gorges reservoir is expected to...
October 2013

Three Gorges reservoir water level nears maximum depth

30 October 2013
The water level of the Three Gorges Reservoir rose to 173.8 metres in the Fengjie section, Chongqing municipality, on 29 October....

Jiangsu port throughput up 11% Jan-Sept

30 October 2013
The eastern province of Jiangsu saw its cargo throughput of ports above designated size increase 11.3 per cent year-on-year to 1.39bn tons in the first nine months of 2013, according to official data....

Chongqing's GDP rises 12.4% in first 9 months

30 October 2013
Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality increased its GDP 12.4 per cent year-on-year to Rmb863.7bn in the first nine months of this year, according to Chongqing Statistics Bureau....

Honeywell sets up Zhangjiagang plant

30 October 2013
The US-based multinational conglomerate, Honeywell, is to establish a new manufacturing plant in the Yangtze port city of Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province. It will make energy technology and advanced materials....

Yangtze vessel programme ups average size to 1,080dwt

30 October 2013
The central government-driven Yangtze vessel standardisation programme, rolled out in 2010 with subsidies and targets, increased the average size of vessels on the Yangtze trunkline to 1,080dwt by the end of 2012....

Yangtze MSA warns of vessel blacklist

30 October 2013
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities have issued a warning to all shipping lines that any overloading or dishonesty about the draught of a vessel that leads to stranding will be reason for them to be blacklisted and their lice...

SDRC: intermodal transport key to Yangtze economic belt

30 October 2013
Since mid-October the State Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Transport have been leading a group of senior representatives from 11 other ministries on a fact-finding mission to the major cities and provin...

Yangtze bridge pier collapses

16 October 2013
The No. 4 pier of the Second Fengdu Yangtze River Bridge in Chongqing municipality collapsed on 12 October....

South-North water diversion project

16 October 2013
The 1,000km middle section of China’s South-North water diversion project is expected to start operation in one year....

Railway infrastructure investment up 12.5% in first 9 months

16 October 2013
China’s investment in railway infrastructure construction increased 12.5 per cent year-on-year in the first nine months of 2013 to Rmb328.7bn, according to China Railways Corp. The country plans to allocate Rmb690bn...

Liuzhou expands port capacity

16 October 2013
The river port of Liuzhou in Guangxi province is expanding its capacity to 15m tonnes by 2015, taking advantage of the central government’s plan to develop the Xijiang River in southwestern China, reported Xinhua....

SIPG plans fourth phase construction at Yangshan

16 October 2013
Chen Xuyuan, board chairman of Shanghai International Port Group, said at a press conference on 15 October that the company had completed a proposal for the fourth phase of construction at Yangshan terminal and was in a posit...

Free Trade Trial Zone will ‘transform’ Shanghai port

16 October 2013
The State Council’s decision to ring fence an area of nearly 29 sq km including Waigaoqiao and Yangshan as the first ever Shanghai Free Trade Trial Zone will help transform the city’s port from a simple cargo-hand...

Jiangyin posts 16% growth in foreign-trade throughput

16 October 2013
Official statistics show that foreign trade-related throughput between January and September at Jiangyin port jumped by 16.4 per cent to 10.74m tons....

Jiangsu MSA takes measures to attract VLCs

16 October 2013
Jiangsu Maritime Safety Authorities have announced that as of 1 November, the procedure will be scrapped for very large vessels (100,000dwt and above) that require them to pay for an MSA-led navigational safety expert assess...

MIIF sells stake in Changshu port

9 October 2013
Macquarie International Infrastructure Fund (MIIF) announced the financial close of the sale of a 40 per cent stake in Changshu Xinghua Port to the existing co-shareholders, Pan-United Infrastructure and Petroships Investment...

Three Gorges water level hits 168m

9 October 2013
The water level in the Three Gorges reservoir stood at 168 metres at 8am on 8 October....

Third quarter upturn in rail cargo

9 October 2013
The volume of freight carried on China’s railways increased 4.8 per cent year-on-year to 8.65m tonnes in the third quarter of 2013, according to the national railway operator, China Railway Corporation. Each day, an...

NDRC plans new growth belt along the Yangtze

9 October 2013
The central government strategy to develop a new economic belt along the Yangtze is picking up momentum following President Xi Jinping’s visit to Hubei province in July....

New version of Yangtze digital map goes on public trial

9 October 2013
The third version of the Yangtze digital map went on a public trial from 1 October, according to the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport, marking a milestone in the modernisation of the river. The...

Anhui port authority sued in first-ever court litigation

9 October 2013
A local company in Fanchang county, Anhui province, has taken the local port authority to court on the basis of unfair fines....
September 2013

Wuhan subsidises direct shipping to Taiwan

25 September 2013
Wuhan government will promote direct shipping to Taiwan, to be launched on 29 September, by offering Rmb300 for each container on top of a subsidy of Rmb50,000 for each journey completed on time, according to a story publishe...

Three Gorges Reservoir to reach 175m by end-Oct

25 September 2013
According to the Three Gorges Administration of Navigable Affairs, the water level at the first of the reservoir’s five shiplocks reached 166.15 metres at 10am on 22 September and the final ‘dash’ to 175 met...

Iron ore imports surge at Zhangjiagang

25 September 2013
Zhangjiagang port bucked a national trend by recording a a substantial increase in iron ore imports during the first eight months of this year, according to China Shipping Newspaper....

Huge rise in Nantong copper imports

25 September 2013
Copper concentrate imports shipped through The Yangtze River port of Nantong in Jiangsu province surged 93 per cent year-on-year in the first eight months of 2013 to 2.709m tonnes, according to data released by the General Ad...

Pearl River cargo volumes grow in August

25 September 2013
Cargo volume on the Pearl River and its tributaries in southern China increased 15.1 per cent year-on-year to 53.5m tonnes in August, according to the Pearl River Administration of Navigational Affairs....

China’s logistics sector posts higher growth

25 September 2013
A year-on-year growth rate of 9.5 per cent was reported in China’s logistics sector for the first eight months of 2013, with goods worth Rmb127,000bn moving around the country....

Steady industrial expansion for Nanjing

25 September 2013
Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, increased its gross industrial output by 10.7 per cent year-on-year to Rmb829.69bn in the first eight months of 2013, according to the city’s statistics bureau. Gross output of t...

August dip in Yangtze container throughput

18 September 2013
Data from the Yangtze River Administration show an increase in August cargo throughput in the major Yangtze ports....

Yangtze infrastructure funding a priority – transport minister

18 September 2013
The steering committee for co-ordinated development of Yangtze shipping, headed by Minister of Transport Yang Chuantang and attended by senior representatives from the local governments of Chongqing, Yunnan, Shanghai, Jiangsu...

Three Gorges reinforce AIS inspection

18 September 2013
Maritime safety officials are focusing their efforts on rooting out any abuse of the Automated Identification System in the Three Gorges area....

Keppel starts work on Anhui logistics park

18 September 2013
Keppel Telecommunications and Transportation of Singapore has started work on a 33-hectare integrated logistics park in the city of Luan, Anhui province. Keppel Wanjiang International Coldchain Logistics Park will provide...

Strong increase in August rail freight volume

18 September 2013
The volume of freight carried daily in China rose 4.4 per cent year-on-year in August as a result of an improving economy, according to a report by the state-owned China Railway Corporation. The volume is the largest since...

Nantong chosen for new carpet tile plant

18 September 2013
Shaw Industries Group, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer, is to open a 19,500 sq metre carpet tile plant in the Yangtze port city of Nantong, Jiangsu province....

Chongqing secures strong industrial investment

18 September 2013
During the first eight months of 2013, Chongqing recorded industrial investment of Rmb202.3bn, up 17 per cent compared with the same period of 2012....
July 2013

Wuhu to add new terminal by October

31 July 2013
The second phase of Zhujiaqiao terminal in Wuhu, Anhui province, will be completed by the end of October, adding two 10,000dwt bulk berths and one multi-purpose 10,000dwt berth....

Wuhan Maritime Court seizes assets for auction

31 July 2013
Phoenix Shipping, the listed arm of China Sinotrans Yangtze National Shipping Corp, the largest barge operator on the Yangtze, received a court order from Wuhan Maritime Court on 26 July, informing the company’s board o...

Boost for road building

31 July 2013
Road construction in central and western China will speed up, China Securities Journal reported. Several provincial-level regions, including Yunnan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Tibet, Xinjiang and Sichuan, plan to build new hig...

Direct Chongqing-San Francisco service

31 July 2013
A direct air route linking southwest China’s Chongqing municipality and San Francisco is expected to open next month. According to an agreement signed by Air China, a daily service will start from 9 August....

President visits Wuhan port

24 July 2013
China’s president Xi Jinping visited Wuhan port’s Yang¬luo container terminal on 21 July....

Flood peak to hit Yangtze

24 July 2013
The Yangtze River was set to witness the largest flood peak so far this year as a result of heavy recent rainfall upstream....

Shanghai container throughput falls in June

24 July 2013
The port of Shanghai handled 2.76m TEU in June, according to Shanghai International Port Group, down 0.36 per cent year-on-year....

Nantong FTZ cooperates with Shanghai

24 July 2013
Nantong Economic and Technological Development Area signed a cooperative agreement with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Group on 17 July. The agreement calls for Shanghai Waigaoqiao to help Nantong Free Trade Zone attract investment w...

Chizhou airport to open next week

24 July 2013
Air China will launch direct flights from Beijing to Chizhou, Anhui province, from 29 July. Chizhou will become Anhui’s fifth civilian airport to open, after a four-year construction period....

Zhengzhou-Hamburg freight train service launched

24 July 2013
The first freight train from Henan province to Europe started its journey on 18 July. The train left the capital of the central Chinese province of Henan and will cross the border in Xinjiang before passing through Kazakhs...

Wuhu-based Chery Auto enters UAE

24 July 2013
Chery Auto has signed an exclusive dealership agreement with Al Habtoor, which will be responsible for sales and distribution in the United Arab Emirates....

DG vessel crew member dies of xylene poisoning

24 July 2013
Officials on night duty at Changzhou Maritime Safety Authorities received an urgent call on the morning of 24 July asking for urgent help with a crew member on board a vessel carrying dangerous cargo....

Jiujiang MSA: heat alert for DG vessels

17 July 2013
Jiujiang Maritime Safety Authorities issued a heat alert to all vessels and terminals handling dangerous goods amid the scorching July temperature....

Shipping suspended in Wuhan for Yangtze swimming event

17 July 2013
Shipping between the Yangtze No.1 and No.2 bridges was suspended from 7am until 12:30pm on 17 July to make it safe for Wuhan’s 40th international festival for swimming the river, according to local media....

Yangtze bulk carrier goes bankrupt, says report

17 July 2013
Anhui Wuhu Shihui Jianghai Shipping has gone into bankruptcy, according to Sino Ship News. Several of the company’s ships received a bankruptcy notice while they were in operation, and others have been kept in custod...

China river port traffic up 11% in June

17 July 2013
China’s ports handled a total of 16.04m TEU of containerised shipments in June 2013, up 9.4 per cent from the same month last year, according to the Ministry of Transport....

Xiluodu hydrostation starts operation

17 July 2013
The second-largest hydropower station in China became operational on 15 July when its first power-generating unit officially started work after a three-day test run. The Xiluodu station started providing electricity to sou...

Wuhan: 70% of public vehicles to use clean/new fuel by 2017

17 July 2013
Wuhan Development and Reform Commission has set a target for developing clean fuel and new energy in the public transport sector....

Shanghai port volume stays flat in June

10 July 2013
Container throughput at Shanghai port remained flat in June compared with the same month last year at 2.77m TEU, according to data from Shanghai International Port (Group). However, June’s volumes were 5.7 per cent d...

Up to 40 missing in Sichuan landslide

10 July 2013
Between 30 and 40 people were buried by a landslide in Sichuan province on 10 July, local officials said....

Vailog builds Chongqing logistics facility

10 July 2013
Italy’s largest supplier of logistics warehousing facilities, Vailog, has started construction of a logistics park in Chongqing....

Yangtze container throughput up 20% in June

10 July 2013
The latest official figures from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that container throughput on the Yangtze trunkline reached 1.25m TEU in June, up 20.4 per cent year-on-year, while through...

Heavy rainfall leads to big rise in Yangtze water levels

10 July 2013
Recent heavy rainfall in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River has led to a sudden and dramatic rise in water levels in the Luzhou-Chongqing section of the river as well as the Yichang section immediately beyond the Three Go...

Wuhan speeds up building intermodal container capability

10 July 2013
Zhang Lin, head of Wuhan New Port Authority, met with Wang Yaping, head of Wuhan Railway Bureau on 4 July and discussed ways to build the city’s capability of transporting containers via rail and waterway. Wuhan New...

Nanjing-Ningbo high-speed line starts operation

3 July 2013
On 1 July, a new high-speed train line opened that links Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, and Ningbo, the only deepwater port in Zhejiang. The new line, which passes through Hangzhou, Zhejiang's provincial capital, is...

CRC enters rail express business

3 July 2013
China Railway Corp, created out of the break-up of the former Ministry of Railways, is to enter the high-speed rail express business, reported China Daily. Currently, about 80 per cent of express deliveries in China are ca...

Work to start on Jiangjin-Xishui expressway

3 July 2013
A new expressway is to be built that will link Chongqing’s Jiangjin district with Xishui county in Guizhou province, according to Chongqing Transportation Commission. The road will have a maximum speed of 80 kph....

Wuhan bonded zone begins operation

3 July 2013
Wuhan East Lake Comprehensive Bonded Zone started operation on 29 June....

Solvay to build new plant in Zhenjiang

3 July 2013
The Belgium-based chemicals company Solvay is to to build a new manufacturing facility in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province....

DPCA opens third facility

3 July 2013
French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen’s joint venture with Dongfeng Motor opened a new plant in Wuhan on 2 July. The plant, the third for the joint venture DPCA, has an initial capacity of 150,000 vehicles a year....

Yangtze water level reaches 5m in middle reaches

3 July 2013
The Yangtze Waterway Bureau has announced that the water level between Wuhan and Yichang will be maintained at five metres during July and August, allowing 5,000dwt vessels to sail smoothly in an otherwise difficult section o...

Tugs on standby for emergencies at Gezhouba

3 July 2013
Maritime safety authorities have deployed some of the Yangtze’s largest tugs to be on standby round the clock for possible emergencies in the Gezhouba Dam area, according to the Three Gorges Administration of Navigation...
June 2013

Luzhou-Wuhan-Taiwan shipping route to open by year-end

26 June 2013
Local government representatives gathered in Luzhou, Sichuan province, last week to promote a new container shipping route between Luzhou, Wuhan and Taiwan....

Cuntan approved as interior’s first meat import terminal

26 June 2013
Cuntan container terminal in Chongqing has been approved to handle containerised imported meat, according to China Water Transport Newspaper....

Wider powers for Maanshan Port Authority

26 June 2013
Maanshan Port Authority has been given new powers to manage the city’s shorelines, according to a recent government circular....

Another Yangtze bridge opens in Chongqing

26 June 2013
The Dingshan Yangtze River Bridge, which links the districts of Jiangjin and Jiulongpo in Chongqing, opened to traffic on 26 June. It now takes just 30 minutes to drive from Jiangjin to the city’s main urban district...

Jiangyin iron ore shipments

26 June 2013
Jiangyin port received 87 batches of imported iron ore in the first five months of 2013, with an accumulated weight of 1.59m tonnes, valued at US$165m....

SIPG joins NEMS in metal logistics venture

26 June 2013
SIPG Logistics, a subsidiary of Shanghai International Port (Group), has teamed up with the UK-based metals warehousing and logistics company North European Marine Services to create a metals logistics network that aims to im...

Fixed asset logistics investment up 26% in Jan-May

26 June 2013
Fixed asset investment in China’s logistics industry increased 25.8 per cent year-on-year to Rmb1360bn in the first five months of 2013, according to statistics released by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasi...

Heavy rains fall in Yangtze delta

26 June 2013
The middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River have been affected by heavy rains since the start of this week and wet weather is expected to continue in the coming days....

Chongqing RDGO to build grain-oil logistics base

26 June 2013
The state-owned company Chongqing RDGO is to invest Rmb1.5bn in a vegetable protein processing plant and grain-oil logistics centre in Degan Industrial Park in Chongqing’s Jiangjin district. When the project is compl...

Sinotrans adds to Zhangjiagang-Yangshan direct service

19 June 2013
Sinotrans has started its first Zhangjiagang-Yangshan direct service, bringing the total number of regular non-stop container services between Zhangjiagang and Yangshan to 26 a week....

Luzhou signs agreement to develop shipping

19 June 2013
Luzhou government in Sichuan province has signed a strategic agreement with the Yangtze River Administration to speed up the development of shipping, according to China Water Transport News....

Yibin container volume up nearly 200%

19 June 2013
The river port of Yibin in Sichuan province handled 15,857 TEU in the year up to 19 May, an increase of nearly 200 per cent compared with the same period in 2012. The port attributed this growth to a better performance in...

Three Gorges officials visit US locks

19 June 2013
A group of officials from the Three Gorges Corporation and Project Construction Committee were briefed on navigation lock construction, operations and maintenance by the US Army Corps of Engineers on a visit to Chickamauga Lo...

Chongqing international cargo volume up 27% in Q1

19 June 2013
The southwest municipality of Chongqing recorded a 27 per cent year-on-year increase in the movement of international cargo volume to 3.15m tonnes from January to April, Xinhua reported. Trade cargo via waterway increased...

Formal start for Chongqing-Frankfurt air cargo route

19 June 2013
An Air China Boeing 747 air freighter departed Chongqing Jiangbei airport on 18 June destined for Frankfurt, marking the formal start of the Shanghai-Chongqing-Frankfurt air cargo route. The weekly flight takes off from Sh...

Kerry opens three more logistics centres in China

19 June 2013
Kerry Logistics has opened three new logistics centres in China, in Chongqing, Wuxi and Xiamen. The largest of the three, the 86,800 sq metre Chongqing centre, offers logistics services to various manufacturing sectors in...

Wuhan starts trial rail express delivery

19 June 2013
Wuhan has started a trial rail express delivery service on the Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed passenger railway, according to a reliable source from Wuhan Railway Bureau quoted by Yangtze Daily....

Hymer launches RV joint venture in Chongqing

19 June 2013
Chongqing Jinguan Automobile, a special vehicles manufacturer, has signed an agreement with Germany’s Hymer Group to launch China’s first recreational vehicle (RV) joint venture. Jinguan and Hymer, one of Europ...

CRC starts reform on freight services

12 June 2013
An unnamed senior official from China Railway Corporation said a series of measures would take effect from 15 June that aim to improve freight services so that they become a truly viable low cost, eco-friendly option for comp...

Luzhou-Wuhan-Taiwan container route to start in 2013

12 June 2013
News from a working meeting between Sichuan port and shipping officials say that a direct shipping route between Luzhou (Sichuan province), Wuhan (Hubei province) and Taiwan will start by the end of this year....

Cuntan collision causes container spill

12 June 2013
A major collision at Cuntan container terminal in Chongqing on 7 June caused about 30 containers to fall into the Yangtze River and float downstream....

Gales cause havoc in Yangtze lower reaches

12 June 2013
Winds reaching gale force 8 to severe gale force 9 in the Yangtze mouth area caused 12 vessels to issue distress calls on the evening of 7 June....

Landmark for water diversion project

12 June 2013
Winds reaching gale force 8 to severe gale force 9 in the Yangtze mouth area caused 12 vessels to issue distress calls on the evening of 7 June....

Yangtze container throughput up 25% in May

5 June 2013
Latest statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that throughput of containers via the major ports on the Yangtze trunkline rose by 25.5 per cent year-on-year to 1.25m TEU in May....

Repair starts on collapsed Yangtze banks

5 June 2013
Some 100 armed police have begun to repair partial collapses on two sections of the bank of the Yangtze River in Jiangxi province. The collapses, which affected 300-metre and 1,400-metre sections of the river in Pengze cou...

Water levels fall in Three Gorges reservoir

5 June 2013
With the flood season nearing, the Three Gorges reservoir is speeding up water discharge to the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, resulting in falling water levels upstream....

Promising start for China-Poland rail freight service

5 June 2013
The frequency of a rail freight service launched in April between China and Poland could be increased to daily by the end of this year, the joint-venture company behind the project, YHF Logistics, told Lloyd’s Loading L...

Yulu expressway opens to traffic

5 June 2013
The Chongqing-Luzhou expressway (also known as the Yulu expressway) was opened to traffic on 3 June....

BASF-YPC mulls expansion of Nanjing plant

5 June 2013
BASF and Sinopec are considering expanding their Nanjing joint venture (BASF-YPC) by increasing output at the existing ethylene oxide production base and building a new plant for neopentylglycol....

MSA warns against rule violations in busy season

5 June 2013
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities have warned against any complacency among shippers. They say that some shipping lines are cutting corners by not deploying the required number of crew....
May 2013

Zhangjiagang develops as car export base

29 May 2013
The Yangtze port of Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu province has processed auto exports worth around US$20m so far this year, according to statistics from the city’s entry-exit inspection and quarantine bureau. The port has...

Maanshan bridge to open by year-end

29 May 2013
Maanshan Yangtze River Bridge is expected to open to traffic at the end of this year, according to Anhui Provincial Expressway Group. The six-lane road bridge has a designed speed of 100kph and will allow 10,000-ton vessel...

High-speed Yangtze delta railway starts trials

29 May 2013
The high-speed Nanjing-Hangzhou-Ningbo railway began trial operation on 24 May. With a top speed of 350kph, the new line will connect Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, and the coastal port city of Ningbo in Zhejiang pr...

Power blackout halts high-speed trains

29 May 2013
At least 40 high-speed trains were delayed by a four-hour power blackout that hit central and southern China on 26 May. The 1,068-km Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway came to a halt between 3:46pm and 7.20pm. Services...

Construction starts on Yu-Wan railway

29 May 2013
Construction of the Chongqing-Wanzhou railway will start this month and the line should open to traffic in May 2017, said Chongqing government officials....

Yangtze authorities to crack down on rule violations

29 May 2013
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport, the top regulator of China’s busiest waterway, has issued a directive to local port authorities and maritime safety authorities to tighten their grip on...

Luzhou posts 23% rise in container throughput

29 May 2013
Official statistics from Luzhou Port Authorities in Sichuan province showed that Luzhou container throughput increased by 23 per cent year-on-year to 38,706 TEU during the first four months of this year and its throughput of...

Chongqing to open inter-modal terminal by July

29 May 2013
Chongqing Guoyuan terminal second phase will open for business by July, according to Wang Yonghong, general manager of Chongqing Guoyuan Terminal Co....

Wuhu posts 12.9% GDP growth in QI

22 May 2013
The Yangtze port city of Wuhu maintained its recent strong economic growth rates with a 12.9 per cent year-on-year GDP increase in the first quarter of 2013....

Century launches seventh Yangtze cruise ship

22 May 2013
The China-based cruise operator Century Cruises has launched its seventh vessel to operate on the Yangtze River. The 398-passenger vessel Century Legend is aimed at Western travellers and features a 150-seat HD cinema and...

Wuhan identifies area for ecological protection

22 May 2013
The State Land Commission of Wuhan government announced on 22 May that 1,814 sq km of its urban centre, about 21 per cent of the city’s total area, has been ring-fenced for ecological protection....

7 missing after Yangtze ship collision

22 May 2013
Seven people were reported missing after a collision involving three vessels in a section of the Yangtze River in Wuhu, Anhui province....

Hefei to develop shipping on Chao Lake

22 May 2013
The international tendering process launched a year ago by Hefei government for the best plan to develop shipping on Chao Lake, an important tributary of the Yangtze River, is drawing to a close, according to a story publishe...

Ship sinks in Yangtze after bridge collision

15 May 2013
A ship that collided with the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge on the morning of 12 May has leaked fuel but it has not polluted water supplies, according to officials quoted by Global Times....

Shanghai posts solid container growth

15 May 2013
Shanghai port handled 2.827m TEU in April, an increase of 4 per cent on the same month last year, according to Shanghai International Port Group....

Chongqing port throughput up 24% in Q1

15 May 2013
Container throughput in Chongqing port grew 24 per cent to 222,500 TEU in the first quarter of 2013, with general cargo tonnage increasing 10 per cent to 30.65m tonnes, Xinhua reported. The city’s air cargo throughpu...

Nanjing tunnel completed

15 May 2013
Work has been completed on a 3.6km-long subway tunnel under the Yangtze River in Nanjing....

Praxair starts work on Chongqing plant

15 May 2013
US-based industrial gas producer Praxair has started to build a liquid oxygen production base in Chongqing, the largest of its kind in China. When it is completed in late 2014, the base is expected to produce 5,000 tonnes...

Chongqing airport expansion plan to complete by 2015

15 May 2013
Construction of Chongqing’s third runway and east terminal will start by the end of this year, according to Chongqing Municipal Commission of Reform and Development in a story published in China Transport Newspaper....

Taicang allows 200,000dwt vessels all year round

15 May 2013
Taicang terminal in Jiangsu province is now capable of accommodating 200,000dwt vessels all year round, according to Xinhua Daily. These ocean-going vessels typically have a draught of 11.8 metres....

Chenglingji offers bonded warehousing

15 May 2013
The newly opened bonded warehousing facility in Chenglingji terminal, part of Yueyang port in Hunan province, is already benefiting local businesses involved in foreign trade, according to a story in China Water Transport....

Experts call for better integration of Yangtze hydro projects

15 May 2013
The 11 hydropower projects on the upper reaches of the Yangtze, completed or still under construction, are making shipping conditions very difficult, experts are saying, according to China Water Transport newspaper on 14 May....

Door-to-door Shanghai-Hefei rail cargo service

8 May 2013
Shanghai Railway Bureau has started trial door-to-door cargo services on the Shanghai-Hefei rail line, with Shanghai-bound trains accessing trains to Ningbo on Tuesdays and Fridays, Xinhua reported....

Chongqing GDP up 12.5% in Q1

8 May 2013
The gross domestic product of Chongqing municipality grew 12.5 per cent year-on-year to Rmb272.6bn in the first quarter of this year, according to official data....

Yangtze container throughput up 20% in April

8 May 2013
The latest statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that container throughput on the Yangtze trunkline increased 20 per cent year-on-year to 1.2m TEU in April, while throughput of...

Wuhan agricultural produce terminal to open by 2014

8 May 2013
Construction of the first phase of a specialist terminal for agricultural produce started on 7 May in Jiangxia district, south east of Wuhan....

Grand Canal clean-up campaign launched

8 May 2013
A new ban, issued by Jiangsu provincial government and effective on 8 May, prevents vessels sailing on the Grand Canal from dumping domestic garbage and discharging waste oil and water....

Taicang becomes hub for domestic trade

8 May 2013
China Water Transport newspaper said recently that Taicang terminal, part of Suzhou port, is fast becoming a container transhipment hub for domestic trade....

New hydro station exacerbates low water level in Luzhou

8 May 2013
Xiluodu hydropower station, second only in China to the Three Gorges power station in terms of capacity, started its first ever cycle of storing water on 4 May....

Yangtze container throughput rises 20% in April

8 May 2013
The latest statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that container throughput on the Yangtze trunkline increased 20 per cent year-on-year to 1.2m TEU in April, while throughput of...

Water level falls to year-low on upper Yangtze

8 May 2013
Heavy rain and hail has fallen in parts of central and southwest China in recent days, welcome news to users of the Yangtze River and other inland waterways after a lengthy period of dry weather. The water level at Yangjia...
April 2013

Hefei sets March container throughput record

24 April 2013
The river port of Hefei, capital of Anhui province, lifted 18,903 TEU in the first quarter of 2013, an increase of 35 per cent year-on-year. The March total of 8,606 TEU was a record for that month....

Shanghai container volume up 5.4% in March

24 April 2013
Container traffic through Shanghai port increased 5.4 per cent year-on-year to 2.88m TEU in March, the port authority said. Volumes during the first quarter of the year increased by 3.5 per cent compared with the same peri...

Truck explosion in Hubei

24 April 2013
A truck loaded with yellow phosphorus exploded on 19 April on an expressway in the central Chinese province of Hubei....

Italy to open consulate in Chongqing

24 April 2013
Italy is to establish a Consulate General in Chongqing, according to the municipal government’s Overseas Chinese Affairs Office. The consulate will cover Chongqing and the provinces of Sichuan Yunnan and Guizhou....

Wuhan plans application for Yangluo Free Trade Zone

24 April 2013
Wuhan Port New Authorities, representing Hubei provincial government, are speeding up their efforts to apply for Free Trade Zone status for Yangluo terminals....

Anqing completes largest ever container vessel  

24 April 2013
A 1,000 TEU vessel built by Anqing Congyang Oriental Shipyard was recently escorted out of Anhui waters by three experienced pilots, according to Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities, which are in charge of the piloting centre...

Wuhan to launch air service to Melbourne

24 April 2013
Air China will launch a new service linking Beijing, Wuhan and Melbourne this July, according to Hubei Airport Corporation....

Riverhead protection programme enters final year

17 April 2013
The Chinese government will spend Rmb1bn in 2013 to protect Sanjiangyuan, a region in Qinghai that serves as the source of the Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang rivers. The money will be spent on afforestation, wetland protectio...

Shanghai handles 2.88m TEU in March

17 April 2013
The port of Shanghai handled 2.88m TEU in March, an increase of 5.3 per cent year-on-year. For the first three months of the year, the port processed 7.8m TEU, up 3.4 per cent on the same period in 2012....

Lanzhou official calls for wide-gauge railway

17 April 2013
The Communist Party chief of Lanzhou, capital of Gansu province, has called for the building of a wide-gauge railway from the city to facilitate cargo transport between China and Europe. Nearly all of China’s railway...

Chongqing expressway to open in July

17 April 2013
The Fuling-Fengdu expressway in Chongqing municipality is expected to be completed at the beginning of July 2013. The 46km-long expressway will connect with the Shanghai-Chongqing expressway after its completion....

ThyssenKrupp looks to Chongqing

17 April 2013
ANSC-ThyssenKrupp Galvanised Steel plans to build a plant in Chongqing’s Yufu Industrial Park in Liangjiang New Area, according to a municipal government website....

Major nappy facility for Nanjing

17 April 2013
Kimberly-Clark of the US has announced plans to build a US$100m manufacturing centre in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province. The new facility will primarily manufacture Huggies-brand nappies to meet growing demand in Chin...

Bostik officially opens Changshu plant

17 April 2013
The Total subsidiary Bostik has inaugurated a manufacturing plant in Changshu, Jiangsu province, for the production of hot melt adhesives, polyester, polyurethane and sealants....

Shipping restrictions imposed in Chongqing

17 April 2013
Chongqing Maritime Safety Authorities confirmed that shipping restrictions have been imposed in the Chongqing section of the Yangtze River trunkline due to severe drought, according to a news story published in China Water Tr...

Yangtze shipping enters dangerous season, warns senior official

17 April 2013
The Maritime Safety Committee of the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport convened for the second time this year on 10 April....

Wuhan to build dedicated railway for GM project

17 April 2013
Wuhan is going to build a dedicated railway line for General Motors in the southern part of the city, 26 km from the city centre, according to Wuhan Reform and Development Commission....

Yangtze MSA adopts new strategy for supervising DG

17 April 2013
As of 15 April, Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities have adopted a new strategy for supervising the movement of the 79 types of dangerous cargo most commonly transported in bulk on the Yangtze, according to China Water Transp...

Shanghai container growth slows in 2012

10 April 2013
Figures from Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) showed that container throughput totalled 32.5m TEU in 2012, up only 2.5 per cent over the previous year compared with a growth rate of 9.2 per cent in 2011....

Yangtze container throughput up 18% in March

10 April 2013
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that throughput of general cargo on the Yangtze River increased by 10.6 per cent year-on-year to 156m tons in March....

Wuhu MSA cracks down on alcohol abuse

10 April 2013
Wuhu Maritime Safety Authorities have recently started using breathalysers as part of its routine patrols to crack down on accidents caused by ship crew drinking too much alcohol....

Yangtze fish resources ‘exhausted’

10 April 2013
Fishery stocks in the Yangtze River have declined severely over recent years, to the extent that its ecological system is on the verge of collapse, according to Zhao Yimin, head of a fishery resource office at the Ministry of...

CSRC promotes integrated transport hubs

10 April 2013
China’s State Reform and Development Commission issued a directive on 26 March, asking local governments to build and promote integrated transport hubs....

Chongqing station posts 10% growth in box traffic

10 April 2013
Chongqing’s Tuanjiecun railway station posted a year-on-year 9.6 per cent increase in inbound and outbound container volume to 273,300 TEU in 2012, reported Xinhua. Three container services operate out of the station...

Chengdu-Poland rail cargo service to start on 26 April

10 April 2013
A new rail cargo service between Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, and the central Polish city of Lodz is due to start on 26 April....

Transport growth levels fall year-on-year

10 April 2013
China’s overall passenger and cargo transport volume has maintained steady growth in the first two months of the year, according to Ministry of Transport data reported by Xinhua, but year-on-year growth is slightly down...
March 2013

Wuhan launches new Yangshan services

27 March 2013
Wuhan New Port Authorities have announced the start of a new six-days-a-week Yangshan service from 26 March. Container barges will depart Wuhan Yangluo every day except Sunday on a direct route to Shanghai Yangshan....

Normal traffic restored at Three Gorges shiplocks

27 March 2013
The 20-day repair project on the northern shiplocks at the Three Gorges Dam was completed by 20 March and traffic returned to normal the following day, according to the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Trans...

Zhangjiagang sees rapid growth in chrysanthemum exports

27 March 2013
Reports from Zhangjiagang Inspection and Quarantine Bureau say that they have just inspected and approved of 43,000 chrysanthemums bound for Japan....

Survey reveals large decline in river numbers

27 March 2013
A major survey on China’s water resources revealed that the number of rivers with a catchment area of at least 100 sq km was less than half the total estimated 60 years ago. The Ministry of Water Resources’ fir...

Anhui to build three more Yangtze bridges

27 March 2013
The provincial government of Anhui said that construction will start in 2013 on three bridges crossing the Yangtze River....

China launches crackdown on freight vehicles

27 March 2013
The Ministry of Public Security has announced that a six-month safety crackdown on vehicles used to transport freight will begin on 1 April. The ministry, reported Xinhua, is urging police departments to focus on specific...

Government will continue to set railway prices, says official

27 March 2013
The Chinese government will continue to set railway rates for freight and passenger transport, according to a senior official from the National Development and Reform Commission. Cao Changqing, head of the NDRC’s pri...

DSM to build third plant in Nanjing

27 March 2013
Netherlands-based DSM is building a third caprolactam plant in Nanjing, according to fibre2fashion, with commercial production expected to begin in September 2013. A DSM Nanjing official told the website that the plant is...

Kawasaki Steel establishes Chongqing plant

27 March 2013
Kawasaki Steel’s JFE Container has teamed up with Itochu to invest US$56m in Chongqing’s Changshou ETDZ to build a steel container plant, according to local media. JFE Container is a major international supplie...

Varroc sets up third plant in China

27 March 2013
India’s Varroc Group has chosen Chongqing as the location for its third automotive lighting plant in China....

Tang calls for more investment in green Yangtze shipping

20 March 2013
Tang Guanjun, director of the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport, told the National People’s Congress that the modernisation programme of the Yangtze has served the local economies well over th...

25 vessels win Yangtze trustworthy awards

20 March 2013
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities announced that 25 vessels have been awarded 2012 Trustworthy Awards....

Water level drops 11m in Three Gorges

20 March 2013
The water level in the Chongqing section of the Yangtze River has continued to fall in recent months, and that of the Three Gorges has dropped more than 11 metres....

Nanfu expressway to open in 2013

20 March 2013
The 55km-long Nanchuan-Fuling expressway is expected to open to traffic in 2013, according to Chongqing Municipal Commission of Transport....

Rail freight prices likely to increase

20 March 2013
The dismantling of the Ministry of Railways could lead to train travel becoming more expensive than flying, according to a senior engineer at this year’s session of the National People's Congress. Wang Mengshu, deput...

Chizhou-Shanghai express train service begins

20 March 2013
An express passenger train between Chizhou, Anhui province, and Shanghai, was due to start on 20 March, Tongling Railway Station announced. The train departs from Chizhou at 9.25am and arrives in Shanghai at 4.32pm, with s...

InvestHK to set up Wuhan office

20 March 2013
The government agency of Hong Kong SAR, InvestHK, is to set up a liaison office by the end of this year, according to Wuhan Reform and Development Commission....

Wuhan finalises plan for airport metro line

20 March 2013
A plan to build Wuhan’s airport metro line has at last been finalised, according to Wuhan Reform and Development Commission....

Jialing completes relocation

20 March 2013
Jialing Group has started production at its new plant in Chongqing, thereby completing the fourth relocation in its 138-year history. The new plant in Bishan Industrial Park will produce special vehicles, motorcycles and s...

Masterplan for Nanjing waterfront

20 March 2013
British design and engineering firm Atkins has produced a landscape masterplan for the development of 30km of prime waterfront in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province....

Bonded zone approved in Nantong

20 March 2013
The State Council has approved the upgrade of Nantong Export Processing Zone to a national comprehensive bonded zone, reported China Daily....

MOT cracks down on non-compliant new vessels

13 March 2013
From 1 April this year, all new vessels on the Yangtze River and other inland waterways need to comply with government-approved specifications, according to a new rule issued by the Ministry of Transport....

Wuhan launches daily Yangshan shuttle service

13 March 2013
An upgraded shuttle service between Yangluo and Yangshan, dubbed the ‘Daily Yangshan’, will be launched on 26 March, according Liu Liping, general manager of China Shipping Wuhan....

Taicang posts strong growth

13 March 2013
Taicang terminal, part of Suzhou port, reported a total container throughput of 4.01m TEU in 2012, a growth of 39 per cent year-on-year....

Zhangjiagang starts first international car ro-ro service

13 March 2013
Zhangjiagang port in Jiangsu province has started a car ro-ro service to Brazil, its first international car ro-ro route....

Railway ministry break-up confirmed

13 March 2013
China’s central government has confirmed that it plans to break up the Ministry of Railways into administrative and commercial arms to reduce bureaucracy and improve railway services. The existing ministry, which is...

10% growth for Chongqing rail centre

13 March 2013
Chongqing Railway Container Centre realised a handling capacity of 273,300 TEU in 2012, an increase of 9.6 per cent year-on-year, spurred by the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe Railway, according to Chongqing Municipal Commission o...

Wuhan aims for 12% GDP growth this year

13 March 2013
Wuhan is targeting a GDP growth rate of 12 per cent this year and 10 per cent growth in export value, according the city’s 2013 development plan issued on 11 March by Wuhan Development and Reform Commission. Wuhan ac...

DPCA posts 37% increase in Jan-Feb sales

13 March 2013
Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile reported a total sales volume of 93,666 cars during the first two months of 2013, up 37 per cent over the same period last year....

Drought persists in Yunnan

13 March 2013
About 5m people in southwest China’s Yunnan province have been affected by a severe drought that has persisted over recent months, provincial authorities said. More than 1.43m people and 796,000 heads of livestock la...

ZF sets up transmission JV in Chongqing

13 March 2013
The German auto parts company ZF Friedrichshafen has established a joint venture in Chongqing’s Yubei district with Baotou Beiben Heavy-Duty Truck....

Hitachi Chemical starts Nantong operations

13 March 2013
The subsidiary of Hitachi Chemical in Nantong, Jiangsu province, has started operation as a manufacturing base for functional resin and chemical materials....

Yangtze container throughput dips in February

6 March 2013
The latest official statistics show that throughput of general cargo on the Yangtze River in February was up 3 per cent year-on-year to 132m tons, but container throughput fell 1.6 per cent to 810,000 TEU....

Chongqing throughput to reach 1m TEU this year

6 March 2013
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport said that throughput of general cargo in Chongqing is expected to stand at 135m tons this year, compared with 124.7m tons in 2012; container throughput will rea...

Controlled shipping at Three Gorges shiplocks

6 March 2013
A 20-day maintenance repair of the northern shiplocks at the Three Gorges Dam started at 8.00am on 2 March, triggering a raft of measures from the Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs designed to minimise the i...

Media predict MOR merger with MOT

6 March 2013
The National People’s Congress, which opened on Tuesday 5 March, has stirred up media speculation once again that the Ministry of Railways is likely to be merged with the Ministry of Transport....

Work starts on Shanghai-Nantong railway

6 March 2013
Construction has started on a railway line between Shanghai and Nantong, Jiangsu province, reported Shanghai Daily. The 137km line will mark the completion of a railway system running north and south that connects the coas...

Air cargo volumes shift inland

6 March 2013
The shift of manufacturing investment from coastal to inland China is contributing to new air services and is directly impacting freight patterns, according to a report by the market intelligence company the Centre for Aviati...

Wuhan starts direct flight to Kuala Lumpur in April

6 March 2013
Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, will start direct twice-weekly flights to Kuala Lumpur from 4 April, according to a report from the Wuhan Reform and Development Commission....

Wuhan on track to become auto giant

6 March 2013
A report from Wuhan Reform and Development Commission revealed that construction of the General Motors Auto Industry Zone is on target and that the assembly line will start initial production in June 2014....
February 2013

Wuhu Port profits rise 25%

27 February 2013
Net profits at Wuhu Port Storage & Transportation increased 25.4 per cent year-on-year to Rmb405m in 2012....

Another section of Pan-Asia Railway opens

27 February 2013
A section of railway that will link southwest China’s Yunnan province with countries in southeast Asia became operational on 23 February, local railway authorities confirmed. The 141km line between Yuxi and Mengzi in...

Chongqing to complete two major bridges in 2013

27 February 2013
Two of the five bridges currently under construction in urban Chongqing will be completed this year, according to the municipality’s Urban-Rural Development Commission. When the Shuangbei Bridge and Shuangbei Tunnel...

Central Chinese cities sign economic co-operation pact

27 February 2013
Mayors of four provincial capital cities in central China signed a strategic partnership agreement on 23 February that pledged to co-ordinate efforts in building the Central China Economic Belt. According to the agreement...

Oil leak shuts off water supplies in Jiangxi

27 February 2013
Water supplies in Yongxiu county in the eastern province of Jiangxi were expected to resume on 26 February after they were cut off by pollution caused by a leak from an oil pipeline run by a unit of Sinopec, Xinhua reported....

More delays at Three Gorges shiplocks

27 February 2013
One-way traffic has been imposed again on the Three Gorges shiplocks, according to a report from China Water Transport Newspaper....

Anhui ports grow strongly in 2012

27 February 2013
The five major Yangtze ports in Anhui province recorded strong growth last year, according to the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport....

Stranded vessel blocks traffic in Chongqing

27 February 2013
The vessel ‘Changxun 26’ carrying more than 5,000 tons of cargo was stranded at 12:15am on 20 February near a notorious shoal in Chongqing, blocking both upstream and downstream traffic....

Hunan sets up water transport bureau

20 February 2013
Before the Chinese New Year, Hunan government set up a new department to plan and implement a development strategy for water transport in the province....

ADB project to help Chongqing water transport

20 February 2013
The Asian Development Bank has set up a project to finance Chongqing’s efforts to build the municipality into a shipping centre on the upper reaches of the Yangtze, according to the city’s port authorities....

Five missing after boat capsizes on Yangtze

20 February 2013
Five crew members remained missing two days after a vessel capsized on the Yangtze River in Anhui province, Xinhua reported. The boat capsized around 6:30am on 16 February in Tongling, according to local maritime authoriti...

Experts warn of extensive underground water pollution

20 February 2013
China Water Transport Newspaper published a story on Wednesday 20 February quoting experts from the China Geological Survey Bureau as saying that 90 per cent of China’s underground water is polluted....

Railway investment rises 71% in January

20 February 2013
Fixed-asset investment in China’s railway sector rose 71 per cent year-on-year to Rmb20.99bn in January 2013, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Railways....

Increase in railway freight prices

20 February 2013
Railway freight prices in China will be raised by 13 per cent, the National Business Daily reported, citing a statement issued by the Ministry of Railways and the National Development and Reform Commission....

Heavy snow impacts Jiangsu transport

20 February 2013
Airports and expressways in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu were affected by heavy snow on 18 and 19 February. Nanjing Lukou International Airport reopened at 9.20am on Tuesday after closing for nearly 12 hours, wi...

ADB to part-fund Chongqing shipping study

6 February 2013
The Asian Development Bank has agreed to contribute US$400,000 to Chongqing’s inland river shipping structure adjustment strategic research project, according to the municipality’s financial bureau. The project...

Cleaner fuel pledge likely to lead to higher prices

6 February 2013
Sinopec, Asia’s biggest oil refiner, has pledged to supply cleaner oil products from next year in response to rising public concerns about air pollution in China....

Logistics costs rise 11.4% in 2012

6 February 2013
China’s total logistics expense grew 11.4 per cent year-on-year to Rmb9,400bn in 2012, according to the National Development and Reform Commission. Out of this total, Rmb4,900bn was transportation cost, up 10.7 per c...

Five detained over Henan bridge collapse

6 February 2013
Police investigating the collapse of a bridge in China’s Henan province last Friday have discovered that the truck carrying the fireworks was not licensed to carry dangerous cargo and that the fireworks were falsely dec...

Increase in January Yangtze throughput

6 February 2013
The latest official figures released by the Yangtze River Administration show that throughput of general cargo via the major ports on the Yangtze trunkline in Jiangsu province increased by 7.8 per cent year-on-year in January...

China’s largest container ship sets sail

6 February 2013
Cosco Kawasaki, China’s largest container ship, departed Nantong Shipyard and started a trial journey on 2 February....

Wuhan airport metro to be completed by 2015

6 February 2013
Design bidding started at the end of January for Wuhan’s metro line that will connect with the city’s airport....
January 2013

Cosco Pacific acquires Taicang stake from parent company

30 January 2013
China Ocean Shipping Co (Cosco) has transferred its 39.04 per cent stake in Taicang’s International Container Terminal in Jiangsu province to its own terminal operator, Cosco Pacific. Cosco group therefore maintains...

Express delivery times fall in 2012

30 January 2013
A study conducted by China State Post Bureau revealed that the average package delivery speed in China’s express sector fell from 60.5 hours in 2011 to 55 hours last year, Xinhua reported....

Wuhan bonded zone passes inspection

30 January 2013
Wuhan’s East Lake Integrated Bonded Zone, the first integrated bonded zone in Hubei province, has passed acceptance inspection by a group of government officials, Xinhua reported. The bonded zone is located inside Wu...

Chongqing pledges to rule by law

30 January 2013
Chongqing municipality achieved an economic growth rate of 13.6% in 2012, despite the fallout from the scandal of former party secretary Bo Xilai....

Major dredging project starts in Yangtze

30 January 2013
The Yangtze River Administration stated that Rmb4bn has been set aside for a major dredging project in the middle reaches of the river....

Yangtze police arrest alleged producers of fake crew certificates

30 January 2013
On 13 January, the Yangtze police arrested two people suspected of being involved in the production of fake crew members’ certificates....

Yangtze dredging programme brings huge benefits, says official

23 January 2013
The dredging programme of the Yangtze River, which began in 2003, has created huge economic benefits for provinces and cities along the river, according to Xiong Xuebin, director of the Yangtze River Hydrographic Bureau. G...

Changzhou chemical berths open to foreign vessels

23 January 2013
Jiangsu provincial government has approved the opening to foreign vessels of recently completed chemical berths in the Luanzhou terminal area of Changzhou port....

Anhui sets out transport investment plan

23 January 2013
Anhui province in eastern China plans to spend up to Rmb45bn on transportation infrastructure this year, local authorities announced. Some of the funds will be spent on two new bridges that will span the Yangtze River, one...

Railway cargo volume stays flat in 2012

23 January 2013
China’s railways carried 3.89bn tonnes of cargo and packages in 2012, unchanged on the previous year....

Jiangsu ports expect to handle 20.5m TEU by 2015

23 January 2013
Jiangsu will expand the handling capacity of all its ports including the seaport of Lianyungang to 20m TEU by 2015, according to a provincial blueprint, while throughput volume is expected to exceed capacity slightly to 20.5m...

Waiting times soar at Three Gorges Dam

23 January 2013
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport has acknowledged for the first time that the five shiplocks at the Three Gorges Dam are operating at full capacity and that the long-term trend of an increasing...

Survey reveals low wages in Hubei

23 January 2013
A recent survey, conducted by academics from Hubei Industry University and posted on Wuhan government website, showed that wages for workers in the “traditional manufacturing” sector in Hubei province were below R...

Wuhan bans cargo trucking on bridges and in tunnels

23 January 2013
Wuhan Transport Police issued a notice on 17 January, stipulating that all the bridges and tunnels within the city’s three ring road system will be no-go areas for cargo trucks as of 1 February....

Petrochemical leak pollutes Shanghai port

16 January 2013
Improper loading procedures caused a petrochemical leak that polluted Jueshi terminal in Shanghai‘s Zhujing township on 10 January, local authorities said. Workers failed to fully shut down a valve while loading C9...

China-Poland freight train service completes first run

16 January 2013
The first direct rail freight service between China and Poland arrived at Poland’s Lodz railway station two weeks after departing the Sichuan capital of Chengdu, reported Xinhua....

High-speed railway boom to continue

16 January 2013
About 5,209km of new high-speed railways will be put into operation this year, 2,738km more than in 2012, according to a forecast by Switzerland-based global financial services provider UBS. In 2012, about 250 standard set...

Toll-free highways for cars during Spring Festival

16 January 2013
China’s Ministry of Transport announced that highways will operate toll-free for passenger cars during the upcoming Spring Festival holiday. He Jianzhong, a spokesman for the Ministry, said passenger cars with seven...

Chongqing to build 400km of expressways in 2013

16 January 2013
The southwestern municipality of Chongqing plans to spend Rmb41.8bn on highway construction in 2013....

Yangtze MSA issues low visibility alert

16 January 2013
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities have issued a low visibility alert following continuous heavy fog over the past few days in Yichang, Jingzhou’s Shashi district, Chenglingji and Wuhan....

Chongqing initiative to boost public transport

16 January 2013
Chongqing Transport Commission announced last week that those people using the city’s pre-paid electronic cards for public transport will be entitled to free transfer within the hour between buses and the underground ra...

Nanjing issues blueprint for developing waterways

16 January 2013
Nanjing city government issued a blueprint last week for developing waterway transport....

Foreign vessel blamed for Yangtze waste discharge

9 January 2013
More than 162 cubic metres of contaminated water was discharged into the Yangtze River estuary by a Panamanian-registered cargo ship, according to the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration and reported in China Daily. Th...

Railways carry 333m tons of cargo in December

9 January 2013
China’s railways carried 333.25m tons of cargo in December 2012, according to Ministry of Railways data, a year-on-year rise of 1.88m tons....

Nanjing 4th Yangtze Bridge opens

9 January 2013
The Nanjing Fourth Yangtze River Bridge and Nanjing Raoyue expressway northeast section were opened to traffic on 24 December, marking the completion of the city’s 166km-long outer ring road. The bridge has a main sp...

Landslide closes bridge near Three Gorges dam

9 January 2013
Two pedestrians were slightly injured in a landslide on 4 January near the Three Gorges dam, local government authorities said....

Fog disrupts inland airports

9 January 2013
Dense fog has caused major disruption at Chengdu Shuangliu airport in Sichuan....

London-Chengdu air cargo service

9 January 2013
IAG Cargo, created following the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo, is to start a three-times-a-week cargo service between London Heathrow and Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province....

Mayor apologises for Shanxi chemical spill response

9 January 2013
The mayor of the Shanxi city of Changzhi in northern China, where a chemical leak contaminated water supplies, has apologised for the delay in dealing with the incident. Mayor Zhang Bao said the municipal government had un...

State Council: prioritise public transport in cities

9 January 2013
The State Council issued a New Year directive that all local governments should prioritise the development of public transport in urban transport infrastructure planning, according to China Transport Newspaper published on 7...

Taicang to be classified as sea port

9 January 2013
Taicang, part of Suzhou port, is classified as a sea port as of 1 January, according to the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport....

Yangtze container throughput grows 11% in 2012

9 January 2013
The latest official statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the MOT show that container throughput via the major ports on the Yangtze trunkline totalled 12.4m TEU in 2012, up 10.9 per cent over the previous yea...

Chongqing reduced to single lane traffic

9 January 2013
The severe drought in the upper reaches of the Yangtze has reduced some of the Chongqing section to single lane traffic, according to a story published in China Water Transport Newspaper on 8 January....

Yangtze MSA claims better safety record in 2012

9 January 2013
The latest report from the Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities, in charge of the river section between Anhui and Chongqing, claimed that they handled 153 accidents last year, down 22 per cent on the previous year....
December 2012

Technology helps to cut accident rate in middle reaches

20 December 2012
Yichang MSA hosted a press conference last week to report a year-on-year 50 per cent reduction in accidents during the current dry season. The middle reaches of the Yangtze River are traditionally more prone to accidents d...

Strong container growth for Shanghai port

19 December 2012
Shanghai, the world’s largest container port, posted a 7.2 per cent year-on-year increase in November throughput to 2.82m TEU....

Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed line to open on 26 December

19 December 2012
The Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railway will open on 26 December, said the Ministry of Railways, cutting the journey time from 22 hours to around eight hours....

Yulu expressway to open in March 2013

19 December 2012
The entire Yulu (Chongqing-Luzhou) expressway is expected to open to traffic at the end of March 2013, according to Chongqing Expressway Group....

DyStar shifts production to Nanjing

19 December 2012
Germany-based DyStar is planning to transfer textile chemical production from its plant in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, to a multi-purpose manufacturing site in Nanjing, Jiangsu province....

Huge investment in Qinghai road network

19 December 2012
Qinghai transport authorities announced on 17 December that the province’s total highway length had exceeded 100,000km and a network of high-grade roads across the Tibetan Plateau had been established....

Chengdu sees strong growth in investment

19 December 2012
The government of Chengdu signed agreements worth a total contract value of nearly Rmb12.4bn in Shanghai on 17 December, involving 17 projects in the manufacturing, service and agricultural sectors....

More delays expected at Three Gorges Dam

19 December 2012
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport has stated that the annual repair of the northern shiplocks of the Three Gorges Dam will start in March and last 20 days....

Nanjing oil spill emergency warehouse wins approval

19 December 2012
Nanjing Ship Oil Spill Emergency Equipment Warehouse passed its final inspection on 13 December and is expected to start operation in the new year....

Wuhan subway test to start on 28 December

12 December 2012
Later this month, passengers in Wuhan will be able to start using China’s first subway line to cross the Yangtze River. Over the past three months, subway trains have run through the 28km tunnel for Wuhan Line 2, whi...

Surge in railway freight volumes

12 December 2012
China’s railways transported 3.56bn tonnes of freight between January and November, according to statistics from the Ministry of Railways....

HK-Chongqing air freight service opens

12 December 2012
Chongqing Yumei Airlines has started freight charter services between Hong Kong, Nanning and Chongqing....

New auto component investment in Chongqing

12 December 2012
Germany-based Kautex Textron has opened a plant in Chongqing to produce plastic fuel tanks for carmakers....

Campaign to counter Wuhan’s low water level

12 December 2012
Recent reports from the Yangtze River Administration revealed that the water level in the Wuhan section of the Yangtze was down by nearly one metre to 4.81 metres in the week up to 3 December....

Nantong builds China’s largest container vessel

12 December 2012
Nantong Maritime Safety Authorities despatched three patrol vessels and seven tugs on 10 December to help transport China’s largest container vessel to its berth from Nantong Cosco KHI Shipyard....

Wuhan applies for bonded port status

12 December 2012
Wuhan has submitted an application to the central government for its Yangluo terminals to be awarded bonded port status....

Work starts on new Maanshan terminal

5 December 2012
Phase one construction has begun on the Zhengpu terminal in Maanshan, Anhui province, reported Xinhua....

Wuhan committed to becoming top logistics hub

5 December 2012
Wuhan has pledged to build more facilities in order fulfil its ambition of becoming central China’s largest logistics hub, Xinhua reported....

Sichuan-Guizhou expressway opens

5 December 2012
The first expressway to connect Sichuan and Guizhou provinces in southwest China opened to the public at midnight on 28 November, Sichuan Daily reported. The Na Qian expressway covers a distance of 135km and cost Rmb10.7bn...

Sichuan begins high-speed line track laying

5 December 2012
Track laying has begun in Sichuan province for what Xinhua describes as the first high-speed railway in mountainous southwest China. The 312km railway, which will link the cities of Mianyang, Deyang, Chengdu and Leshan, st...

Vessel standardisation programme reaches final stage

5 December 2012
Data from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport shows that, by the end of October, the number of vessels on the register of compulsory withdrawal totalled 5,950, accounting for 2.9m dwt....

Zhangjiagang builds new port expressway

5 December 2012
Construction started on 22 November on an expressway that links Zhangjiagang bonded terminal with the Yanjiang expressway that runs parallel to the Yangtze....

Fourteen accidents on Yangtze in November

5 December 2012
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities announced that the number of accidents on the river totalled 14 in November, down year-on-year by 12.5 per cent....

Wuhan Yangluo II expected to exceed throughput target

5 December 2012
Wuhan Port Group, the largest common user terminal operator that owns Yangluo container terminal Phase II, says that they are on target to achieve a throughput of 460,000 TEU in 2012....
November 2012

Congestion at Shanghai Yangshan terminal likely to ease

28 November 2012
Shanghai Maritime Safety Authorities and Shanghai International Port Group have examined and approved a joint study on the feasibility of opening Shanghai Yangshan terminal’s main shipping channel to dual-lane traffic....

Zhenjiang container throughput up 19 per cent

28 November 2012
Statistics from Zhenjiang Maritime Safety Authorities released on 27 November show that container throughput at Zhenjiang port totalled 302,510 TEU so far this year, up 18.73 per cent over the same period in 2011....

Emergency lightening code activated to deal with Yangtze drought

28 November 2012
Yangtze MSA has activated its emergency lightening code to help prevent vessels from becoming stranded in the middle reaches of the Yangtze as a worsening drought there has been complicating shipping conditions since the begi...

Cosco to add two more vessels on Yangluo-Yangshan shuttle

28 November 2012
Cosco has told YBS that it plans to increase its capacity on the Yangluo-Yangshan shuttle service by adding two new vessels around April or May next year....

Taizhou Yangtze River Bridge opens

28 November 2012
Taizhou Bridge, the eighth highway bridge to cross the Yangtze River in Jiangsu province, opened on 25 November....

Jiangxi freight volume up 13% in first 10 months

28 November 2012
There was a 13 per cent year-on-year growth in Jiangxi province’s road freight total to 909.7m tonnes between January and October 2012....

Hope for shorter journey time on Chongqing-Duisburg line

28 November 2012
DB Schenker has successfully tested the use of a common consignment note for rail freight shipments between Chongqing and Germany....

NDRC approves city rail projects

28 November 2012
City railway infrastructure projects costing Rmb49bn have been approved by China’s National Development and Reform Commission....

Chongqing West Railway Station work to start in 2013

28 November 2012
Construction work will start next year on Chongqing’s West Railway Station in Shangqiao, according to Chongqing Development and Reform Commission. The station, which will cover around 120,000 sq metres, will be the l...

Steady growth in China’s logistics industry

28 November 2012
The value of goods carried by China’s logistics industry grew by 9.6 per cent year-on-year to Rmb146,400bn between January and October 2012, according to the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing....

Logistics firms put on no-fly list

28 November 2012
Four Chinese logistics firms have been put on the China Air Transport Association’s no-fly list due to security lapses, reported Xinhua. Express delivery firms Shanghai YTO, Yunda Express, Huixing and Qihang will hav...

Renault plans to build car plant in Wuhan

28 November 2012
French car maker Renault plans to build a 200,000-vehicle-a-year plant with Dongfeng Motor in Wuhan, but needs political support to go ahead, according to a source quoted by AFP. An environmental impact assessment still ha...

Yangtze general cargo throughput dips in October

21 November 2012
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that Yangtze throughput of general cargo dipped in October by 0.3 per cent to 47.21m tons compared with the same period last year and fell by 3.2 per cent over the previou...

Chinese ports handle 15m TEU in October

21 November 2012
China’s ports handled a total of 15.08m TEU in October, according to data published by the Ministry of Transport and reported by GCTL....

Study suggests decline in finless porpoise numbers

21 November 2012
Scientists from a research expedition that is looking to find out how many finless porpoises now live in the Yangtze River have spotted just 10 individuals in a 630km section of the river, according to a statement by WWF....

Wuhan aims to create major logistics hub

21 November 2012
Wuhan government approved an ambitious blueprint on 19 November to develop the city into one of the country’s logistics hubs and logistics information centres....

Lanzhou to build railway logistics centre

21 November 2012
Lanzhou, capital of Gansu province in northwest China, plans to build the largest railway logistics centre in the region, Xinhua reported....

Beijing-Guangzhou express train to start trial on 22 December

21 November 2012
According to the local media, a trial run on the Beijing-Guangzhou express railway will start on 22 December. When the line opens, the journey between Beijing and Wuhan will be halved to just four hours....

Work on Chongqing expressways to start next month

21 November 2012
Two Chongqing expressways will start construction in December. The 66km-long Tongliang-Yongchuan expressway will start in west Tongliang county and end at the Shuangshi interchange of the third ring expressway....

Cracks force closure of Luzhou bridge

21 November 2012
Police have stopped vehicles crossing a bridge in Luzhou, Sichuan province, after cracks were found on the bridge pier, West China Metropolis Daily reported. Since 7 pm on 20 November, vehicles have been restricted from dr...

Chongqing appoints new party chief

21 November 2012
Sun Zhengcai has been named as party chief of Chongqing, following the downfall of the disgraced Bo Xilai earlier this year....

Novelis breaks ground on Changzhou aluminium plant

21 November 2012
The US-based Novelis has broken ground on its first aluminium sheet plant in China....

Shanghai container volumes rise 1.5% in October

14 November 2012
The port of Shanghai recorded an annualised increase in container throughput in October but volumes were down on the previous month, according to data from Shanghai International Port (Group). The world’s largest con...

Cracks close Jiujiang Bridge

14 November 2012
Heavy vehicles have been prevented from crossing Jiujiang Bridge over the Yangtze River in Jiangxi province because cracks have appeared in a section of the road....

Huntsman and Sinopec form Nanjing JV

14 November 2012
Texas-based chemicals company Huntsman has announced a joint venture with a subsidiary of Sinopec to build and operate a chemical plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. Huntsman will own 49 per cent of the joint venture, Nanj...

Wuhan to open direct container rail service to Czech Republic

14 November 2012
Foxconn will start transporting US$5m-worth of electronic products by train direct to the Czech Republic by the end of the year, according to Wuhan Development and Reform Commission....

Major road widening project in Wuhan

14 November 2012
A major renovation project started on 8 November to expand one of Wuhan’s trunkline roads, Changjiang Dadao, into a 12-lane thoroughfare, the widest in the city, according to the city’s Development and Reform Comm...

Hubei steps up port investment

7 November 2012
Hubei province in central China is increasing its spending in ports and waterways projects, reported China Daily. Investment in river channel projects, port construction and waterways security will total Rmb40.2bn in the c...

Increase in Chongqing’s rail cargo

7 November 2012
Chongqing’s loaded railcar total was up 11.6 per cent year-on-year in September at 1.93m tonnes, Xinhua reported....

Samsung to invest in Wanzhou textile park

7 November 2012
Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission has said that Samsung, in cooperation with Shandong Ruyi Group, will build a textile park in Wanzhou, Chongqing municipality....

Work starts on Zhenjiang chemicals plant

7 November 2012
Momentive Specialty Chemicals and Taiwan-based chemicals producer UPC Technology have started to build a joint venture phenolic resins project in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province....
October 2012

Yangtze MSA warns carriers of new water level at Three Gorges

31 October 2012
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities issued a warning to all shipping lines following the news that the water level at the Three Gorges Dam had reached the maximum height of 175 metres by 8am on 30 October....

Huangshi launches online application for DG shipping permits

31 October 2012
On 26 October, Huangshi Maritime Safety Authority approved the first online application for a dangerous goods shipping permit for the vessel ‘EQian JiangHuo 6335’, which was carrying 150 tons of sulphuric acid....

Nanjing Port posts 11.6% increase in profits

31 October 2012
Nanjing Port released its financial figures on 22 October, claiming that profits for the first three quarters increased by nearly 12 per cent to Rmb32.59m compared with the same period last year....

Sixth oil & liquid chemical storage terminal approved in Changshu

31 October 2012
Jiangsu Provincial Development and Reform Commission has recently approved a Rmb149m project to build the sixth oil and liquid chemical storage terminal in Changshu....

Losses persist at Nanjing Tanker

31 October 2012
Nanjing Tanker Corporation continued to make losses in the third quarter of 2012 amid the sluggish global oil tanker market, reported Seatrade. A subsidiary of China Yangtze National Shipping (Group), Nanjing Tanker regist...

Transport security tightened ahead of Party Congress

31 October 2012
Beijing municipal government has issued strict road safety measures ahead of the 18th National Congress of China’s Communist Party that will start on 8 November. Vehicles carrying highly toxic chemicals will not be a...

FedEx to build Shanghai airport hub

31 October 2012
FedEx plans to invest more than US$100m to establish a hub at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, according to ATW Daily News....

Work starts on Xian-Chengdu high-speed railway

31 October 2012
Construction work has started on a major high-speed passenger railway in western China....

Truck collision damages Chongqing bridge

31 October 2012
A truck from Hebei province hit a cross girder of the northern approach road to Chongqing Egongyan Yangtze River Bridge on 28 October due to its cargo exceeding the height limit of the bridge. After an examination, the mai...

Foxconn to invest in Chongqing smart TV project

31 October 2012
Foxconn, the Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturer, has signed a letter of intent with Chongqing government to invest in a smart television project. The project will have a capacity to produce 3m liquid crystal...

Carbon tax possible for China’s shipping industry

25 October 2012
The Ministry of Transport is considering piloting carbon trading or a carbon tax in China’s shipping business, Economic Information Daily reported....

Lufthansa Cargo to suspend Chongqing services

25 October 2012
Lufthansa Cargo is to suspend its services from Chongqing for the winter period, starting 28 October....

High hopes for rail freight services in China

25 October 2012
The southern Chinese port of Shenzhen is to strengthen its rail freight connections with western cities by setting up containerised cargo services to Chengdu, Chongqing and Kunming, a senior Shekou port official was reported...

Schenker sets up China logistics academy

25 October 2012
DB Schenker, the logistics company subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, has opened its own logistics academy in China. Designed to train and help retain its employees, the academy will include courses on logistics controlling, pro...

Dachser opens Wuhu warehouse to serve Continental

25 October 2012
Dachser, the Germany-based logistics services provider, has signed a contract with automotive parts manufacturer Continental to provide logistics services for the company’s manufacturing plant in Wuhu, Anhui province....

Work starts on economic zone in Ningxia

25 October 2012
Construction has started of a new economic pilot zone and bonded area in Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia Hui autonomous region in northwest China. The zone and the 4 sq km bonded area in the zone aim are designed to help open...

New expressway to link Chongqing and Guangan

25 October 2012
Construction will start later this year on a 69km expressway between Chongqing and the city of Guangan in Sichuan province....

Bridge collapses in Zhenjiang

25 October 2012
An overloaded truck might have been the reason behind the collapse of a bridge in Danyang city, near Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province, on the afternoon of 21 October, police said....

Diesel oil theft suspects caught

24 October 2012
The collaboration of the Yangtze police in Wuhan and Yueyang has led to the arrest of three of six suspects involved in one of the biggest thefts on the river in recent years, according to an article in China Waterway Newspap...

Zhenjiang posts record growth for first nine months

24 October 2012
Zhenjiang port, one of the major Yangtze ports in Jiangsu province, has reported a record year-on-year growth of 16.5 per cent in throughput of general cargo to 100.23m tons during the first nine months of 2012....

Anqing warns crab-catchers not to block shipping channel

24 October 2012
Anqing maritime safety authorities are taking measures to prevent fishing boats from blocking the Yangtze shipping channel following an increased number of complaints from cargo barges, according to the Yangtze River Administ...

Yangtze Waterway Bureau collects digital map feedback

24 October 2012
Two groups of engineers from the Yangtze Waterway Bureau had boarded 10 vessels by 12 October to collect the feedback of operators on using the Yangtze Digital Map....

New rules to restrict foreign vessels on Chinese waterways

24 October 2012
China’s State Council has issued regulations that ban domestic companies from operating foreign-made vessels on domestic waterways and bar foreign shipping service firms from selling services in China, reported Reuters....

Fertiliser producer sets up Yangtze shipping JV

17 October 2012
Yichang Chemical, the world’s largest fertiliser producer by output, plans to set up a joint venture with Yangtze Phoenix, the wholly owned subsidiary of Sinotrans China Yangtze Shipping, the largest barge operator on t...

SIPG posts year-high growth in container throughput

17 October 2012
Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) recorded a container throughput of 2.91m TEU in September, up 5.6 per cent over the same month last year, according to China Shipping newspaper....

Recovery in Changshu foreign trade cargo

17 October 2012
Statistics from Changshu Maritime Safety Authorities showed that 163 ocean-going vessels anchored at Changshu terminal in September, bringing foreign trade-related cargo throughput to a total of 977,000 tons, up 17.5 per cent...

Bengbu builds new terminal

17 October 2012
The Anhui city of Bengbu is building a new terminal in the Wuyuan port area. It will be the first terminal on the north bank of the Huaihe River, which is situated between the Yangtze and Yellow rivers....

Cosco and China Shipping join forces

17 October 2012
China Shipping Container Lines and Cosco Container Lines are co-operating in China to cut costs during the current market downturn, according to a Reuters report. From mid-October China’s largest shipping lines will...

Yangtze dyke collapse destroys 28 homes

17 October 2012
The collapse of a dyke on the Yangtze River in Jiangsu province washed away 28 houses on 13 October, according to a report by South China Morning Post. The 310-metre-long section of dyke was protecting Jiangxinzhou Island...

Logwin opens Wuhan office

17 October 2012
The logistics company Logwin has opened an office in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, bringing to 28 the number of its offices in China....

Vailog extends reach in western China

17 October 2012
The Italian supply chain company Vailog has signed a contract with Chongqing’s Liangjiang New Area to invest US$90m in a logistics base....

Chongqing to waive export fees

17 October 2012
Chongqing is to waive inspection and quarantine fees for exporters in the fourth quarter of this year, according to a State Council announcement of measures designed to maintain growth in foreign trade....

Jaguar JV wins NDRC approval

17 October 2012
The Rmb12bn joint venture between Chery and Jaguar Land Rover has gained approval from the National Development and Reform Commission, according to various Chinese media, though there was no official confirmation on the NDRC...

Yangtze Digital Waterway Map centre set up

10 October 2012
The Yangtze Digital Waterway Map Service Centre started operation on 1 October to coincide with the trial run of the Yangtze Digital Waterway Map (2.0 edition)....

First oil spill recovery boat deployed in Wuhan

10 October 2012
China’s first inland waterway oil spill recovery boat, commissioned by the Yangtze Maritime Safety Authority, has started service in the Wuhan section of the river following a successful test in late August. The twin...

Yangtze Phoenix to sell 13 vessels

10 October 2012
Yangtze Phoenix, a subsidiary of Sinotrans China Yangtze Shipping and the largest barge operator on the Yangtze, is to sell 13 of its vessels, including two currently being built....

Yibin port gets customs clearance

10 October 2012
Chengdu Customs announced just before the national holidays that Yibin container terminal had been approved for customs clearance....

Wuhan to introduce 1,000 LNG buses by year end

10 October 2012
The Wuhan government said it is on target to put on the road 1,000 LNG fuelled buses by the end of this year....

Yellow River bridge toll finally scrapped

10 October 2012
Drivers in Henan province no longer have to pay a Rmb10 toll to cross the 5.5km Zhengzhou Yellow River Bridge that links the cities of Zhengzhou and Xinxiang. The Wall Street Journal said the toll was scrapped because of a...

Chongqing railway put into service

10 October 2012
The 78km Nanchuan-Fuling railway in Chongqing was put into operation at the end of September. The line, which cost Rmb2.76bn to build, has an annual freight transport capacity of 13.59m tons....

China’s capital refurbishment sector set to flourish

10 October 2012
Gao Dongsheng, deputy director of Energy Saving and Recycling Department under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said at an international conference held in Beijing last week that China’s capital refu...

P&G opens Sichuan plant

10 October 2012
Procter & Gamble has established a manufacturing plant in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, and a manufacturing and logistics base in Taicang, Jiangsu province. International brands of household and beauty products...
September 2012

China’s port cargo throughput up 2% in August

26 September 2012
Throughput of Chinese ports above a certain size grew 2 per cent year-on-year to 792m tonnes in August this year, according to Ministry of Transport data. However, the figure was 14.4m tonnes down on the previous month....

Third direct Hunan-Shanghai shipping service

26 September 2012
The arrival on 16 September of the 2,000-ton vessel Xiangyuan No.8 at Yanguan terminal in Changde from Shanghai marked the third direct shipping route from Hunan province to Shanghai, after Xianing terminal in Changsha and Ch...

Chongqing continues container handling subsidy

26 September 2012
The Chongqing government has decided to continue its subsidy scheme for container terminal handling charges after a one-year trial, Xinhua reported....

OOCL to handle Bayer China’s supply chain

26 September 2012
Orient Overseas Orient Line (OOCL) Logistics has been appointed by Bayer China to manage its supply chain logistics operations for domestic and international shipments, reported Seatrade. The company will monitor the perfo...

Continued debate over high-speed rail prices

26 September 2012
The opening of a new high-speed railway line on 28 September has stirred debate over high ticket prices in China, according to an article in China Daily. Trains on the Zhengzhou-Wuhan line in central China will run at up t...

Western China remains development priority

26 September 2012
Foreign investment will continue to be directed into China’s western region, although the government will be more selective on what types of investment are allowed, reported China Daily....

Mauser opens plant in Jiangyin

26 September 2012
The Germany-headquartered industrial packaging company Mauser has opened a plant in Jiangyin, Jiangsu province....

Chongqing Guoyuan terminal close to completion

26 September 2012
More details have emerged about phase two of Chongqing’s Guoyuan container terminal , construction of which will be completed by the end of this year. The terminal will have 15 berths for 5,000dwt vessels, making it...

Concern over shrinking Poyang Lake

26 September 2012
The Yangtze River Administration has reported that the water level at the Three Gorges Reservoir is 10 metres within the target of 175 metres, about 15 days ahead of schedule....

Shipper reports good reliability on Wuhan-Yangshan shuttle

19 September 2012
TPV, the world’s second largest OEM of computers behind Foxconn, has taken space on 108 Wuhan-Yangshan shuttle services between December 2011 and June 2012, and says that only two failed to reach their destination on ti...

Anhui to invest Rmb10bn in ports and waterways

19 September 2012
Anhui provincial government has set aside Rmb10bn for modernising its ports and carrying out major dredging projects in the current 12th five-year plan....

Rail link for Chongqing Guoyuan terminal

19 September 2012
The main building work on Chongqing Guoyuan terminal will be completed by the end of 2012, according to officials in Liangjiang New Area. The construction of railway sidings for this area is to start next year....

SinoTrans Yangtze Shipping in financial trouble

19 September 2012
SinoTrans Yangtze Shipping, the largest barge operator on the Yangtze, is suffering financial difficulty in common with the leading state-owned shipping lines, Cosco and China Shipping....

Surge in number of logistics parks

19 September 2012
The huge growth in the number of logistics parks in China is underlined in an industrial survey compiled by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing and the China Society of Logistics. The survey revealed that 754...

Hefei-Bengbu railway to open in October

19 September 2012
The Hefei-Bengbu passenger railway began trial trail operation on 12 September and full services are due to start in mid-October....

16 trapped in expressway tunnel collapse

19 September 2012
Sixteen people were trapped after a tunnel along the Daqing-Guangzhou expressway collapsed on 16 September....

Unilever invests in Sichuan

19 September 2012
Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch multinational, is to set up a new production base in Meishan, Sichuan province....

Chenglingji to become regional transport hub

12 September 2012
Hunan provincial government has stated its commitment to build Chenglingji terminal, part of Yueyang port, into a regional transport hub....

Four vessels collide in Nanjing, three missing

12 September 2012
Four vessels collided in the Nanjing section of the Yangtze at around 11:15pm on 6 September, causing one of them to capsize....

Three Gorges reduces water discharge rate

12 September 2012
The Three Gorges Dam has started to gradually reduce its rate of water discharge from 19,000 cubic metres per second to 8,000 cubic metres per second at the end of October. The China Three Gorges Project Corporation said t...

Shanghai-Nantong Railway to start construction this year

12 September 2012
The Ministry of Railways, the municipal government of Shanghai and Jiangsu provincial government have agreed on a plan to build the Shanghai-Nantong railway, with construction likely to start by the end of this year, accordin...

Chongqing-Amsterdam air cargo service begins

12 September 2012
Air China Cargo started services on 10 September between Shanghai and Amsterdam via Chongqing....

Yuyi expressway to open in June 2013

12 September 2012
Phase two construction of the Wushan section of Chongqing-Yichang (Yuyi) expressway is expected to be completed at the end of 2012, according to a Chongqing municipal government website....

Iron ore imports rise in August

12 September 2012
China, the world's largest steel maker, imported 62.45m tonnes of iron ore and concentrate in August, a growth of 7.9 per cent from July and 5.7 per cent year-on-year, according to statistics released by the General Administr...

River investment up by one-third in first half-year

5 September 2012
Fixed assets investment in China’s road and waterway networks in the first half of 2012 totalled Rmb549bn, a fall of 6.2 per cent year-on-year, Shipping Gazette reported....

July container volume down on previous month

5 September 2012
Chinese ports lifted a total of 15.1m TEU in July, up 3.8 per cent year-on-year, but down 3.7 per cent on June, according to Ministry of Transport figures....

Yang Chuantang appointed transport minister

5 September 2012
The standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress has appointed Yang Chuantang as minister of transport, replacing Li Shenglin. Mr Yang, 58, has served as the ministry’s Communist Party chief s...

Lufthansa Cargo sets up Chongqing office

5 September 2012
Lufthansa Cargo has set up a representative office in Chongqing, according to the municipal government port office....

Sharp fall in profits at Changan

5 September 2012
Chongqing Changan Automobile posted a 45 per cent year-on-year fall in net profits to Rmb570m in the first half of 2012 amid a slowing auto market. Its operating revenue fell 3.4 per cent to Rmb14.04bn....

Yangtze digital map poised to start trial

5 September 2012
A trial run of the Yangtze digital map has been scheduled to start on 1 October, a regulatory workshop was told on 30 August....

Yangtze cargo throughput up 11.3 per cent in August

5 September 2012
Official statistics show that throughput of general cargo along the Yangtze trunkline increased by 11.3 per cent year-on-year to 147m tons in August....

Nantong port sees 30% increase in very large vessels

5 September 2012
Statistics from Nantong Maritime Safety Authorities show that Nantong port received 883 very large vessels during the first eight months of this year, up nearly 30 per cent year-on-year....

Nanjing forces civil servants to take annual leave

5 September 2012
Nanjing government issued a circular at the end of last month that urges all senior officials and civil servants to take their full annual leave entitlement....
August 2012

China considers criminalising speeding and overloading

1 August 2012
China’s State Council has revealed that serious cases of speeding and driving of overloaded vehicles could be made criminal offences. The announcement came after a spate of fatal road accidents that involved speeding...

Shanghai-Chengdu railway extended to Yichang

1 August 2012
The trans-China Shanghai-Chengdu railway, currently under construction, has been extended another leg to Yichang, Hubei province, reported Xinhua....

Government increases railway spending

1 August 2012
China will increase railway spending by Rmb64bn to Rmb580bn in 2012, the Ministry of Railways said, updating an investment plan published earlier in July. The 12.4 per cent increase on planned spending will involve about R...

Chongqing to build European trade cargo distribution centre

1 August 2012
Chongqing’s Liangjiang New Area will build a distribution centre for European trade cargo later this year....

State Council sets out development strategy for middle region

1 August 2012
China’s Premier Wen Jiabao chaired a working meeting for the standing committee of the State Council on 25 July, setting out steps to develop the central region of the country....

Global liner conference to focus on Yangtze shipping

1 August 2012
A global shipping conference in Singapore attended by CEOs of shipping giants such as Maersk and APL will include a focus on Yangtze container shipping....

Expansion starts at Wuhan airport

1 August 2012
A ceremony was held on 26 July to mark the beginning of constructing Terminal 3 at Wuhan Tianhe Airport, attended by Deputy Minister of Transport and Director of China Civil Aviation Authority Li Jiaxiang and Hubei provincial...

Shipping resumed at the Three Gorges shiplocks

1 August 2012
Shipping was resumed at 8am on 26 July at the Three Gorges shiplocks after 48 hours’ suspension due to the biggest flood since their operation began in 2003....

Wuhan launches China’s first patrol and rescue vessel

1 August 2012
China’s first large vessel with dual functions of patrol and rescue ordered by China Maritime Safety Authorities went into the water from Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan on 28 July....

Water levels continue to rise on Yangtze

1 August 2012
Affected by flooding in central and western parts of China, the Yangtze River is experiencing rising water levels....
July 2012

Yancheng posts 66% rise in throughput

25 July 2012
Yancheng, a small Yangtze river port in Jiangsu province, recorded a year-on-year growth of 66 per cent in throughput to 13.59m tonnes from January to June 2012....

High-speed railway network to reach 40,000km by 2015

25 July 2012
A high-speed railway network covering nearly all of China’s cities with a population of more than 500,000 will be established by 2015, according to a plan issued by the State Council on 24 July. By then, the high-spe...

Chongqing air cargo throughput up 24% in first half

25 July 2012
Cargo throughput at Chongqing Airport reached 129,000 tons in the first half of 2012, up by 23.5 per cent on the same period last year, according to official data....

Second Wuhu Yangtze bridge to open in 2017

25 July 2012
Construction will start early next year of Wuhu 2nd Yangtze River Bridge and it will open to traffic in 2017, according to a local official. The bridge will connect Shijian, Wuwei county on the north bank of the Yangtze Ri...

Express railway lines for Maanshan

25 July 2012
Six express rail lines will be built in Maanshan, Anhui province, according to the city’s urban planning bureau. The plan includes connecting Maanshan with its neighbouring cities of Hefei, capital of Anhui, Wuhu, th...

China logistics sector growth slows in 2012

25 July 2012
Growth in China’s logistics industry slowed to 10 per cent in the first half of 2012, according to the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing. The total value of the sector stood at Rmb83,600bn....

Western China records fastest GDP growth

25 July 2012
Regions in western China experienced the country’s fastest economic growth in 2011 and are expected to maintain this status in 2012, according to a report by Social Sciences Academy Press reported by Xinhua....

Three Gorges shiplocks suspended due to flooding

25 July 2012
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport issued an emergency circular on 22 July which announced the suspension of operations at the Three Gorges Dam shiplocks until further notice in anticipation of t...

Yangtze green innovation centre established

25 July 2012
The Yangtze Green and Safety Technology Innovation Centre was formally set up on 16 July in Beijing....

Upturn in Jiangsu’s foreign trade

25 July 2012
Official statistics show that foreign trade in Jiangsu province increased by 1.4 per cent year-on-year to US$260.8bn during the first six months of 2012, with a year-on-year growth of 10.3 per cent in June....

Work starts on Nanjing shipping centre

18 July 2012
Construction has started on the Rmb3.3bn first phase of Nanjing Yangtze River International Shipping and Logistics service Centre, reported GCTL....

More repairs for Nanjing bridge

18 July 2012
A new round of maintenance work on the 44-year-old Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge started on 17 July and will last for three to four days, according to state media. Local drivers have complained about the number and size of...

Slowdown in rail cargo growth

18 July 2012
China’s railway cargo volume grew 2.5 per cent year-on-year from January to June to 2bn tonnes, Xinhua reported....

New central China railway to cut travel times to Germany

18 July 2012
The completion of the Lanzhou-Chongqing Railway in 2015 will reduce the journey time of freight trains travelling between Lanzhou, Gansu province and Chongqing by two-thirds, or seven hours, reported Chongqing News....

Air China posts growth in June cargo volumes

18 July 2012
Air China reported a 2.2 per cent rise in cargo volumes in June to just over 96,000 tonnes, up 0.5 per cent over the increase in the previous month....

New air cargo route for Chongqing

18 July 2012
Yangtze River Express Airlines, a subsidiary of China’s largest private air carrier HNA Group, has started a new all-cargo service from Shanghai-Pudong via Chongqing to Singapore, Xinhua reported....

Gas leak hospitalises 68 in Zhenjiang

18 July 2012
Sixty-eight people were hospitalised on 12 July after a sulphur dioxide leak in the Yangtze River port city of Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province, China Daily reported. Zhu Wenzhong, director of the Jingkou district’s env...

Hubei river ports show rapid container growth

18 July 2012
Official statistics show that the major Yangtze ports in Hubei province grew by 25 per cent in the second quarter of 2012 compared with the first quarter, although no precise figures were given....

Officials order Three Gorges to reduce water release flow

18 July 2012
The Yangtze Flood-prevention Headquarters issued an order on 13 July, asking the management of the Three Gorges Reservoir to reduce the volume of water in its release cycle....

Chongqing leads export growth in first half

18 July 2012
Statistics from Chongqing Customs show that, in the first six months of 2012, the city’s foreign trade value reached US$25.04bn, up 170 per cent year-on-year....

VW plans Wuhan assembly plant, says report

11 July 2012
Volkswagen is planning to build a joint venture assembly plant in Wuhan, reported Automotive News China, citing local media....

New terminal for Wuhan airport

11 July 2012
A new terminal will be built in Wuhan Tianhe International Airport before 2015 to meet increasing passenger demand....

Three expressways to open in Chongqing by year end

11 July 2012
Three expressways in Chongqing will be completed and put into use in 2012, according to the municipal transport commission....

Three-quarters of Guangdong sewage discharged into rivers

11 July 2012
Nearly 76 per cent of the sewage generated in Guangdong province last year was discharged directly into local rivers, according to official data reported by China Daily. Guangdong Provincial Department of Water Resources r...

Two die after ship capsizes in Zhenjiang

11 July 2012
Two children died and seven others remained missing after a cargo ship capsized and sank on 11 July in the Yangtze River port of Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. The accident happened at 2:25am, according to Zhenjiang Municipa...

Shipowner punished for fake DG documents

11 July 2012
A shipowner was kept in police custody for 10 days and given a fine of Rmb1,000 for shipping dangerous cargo using fake documentation, according to a recent report by the Yangtze River Administration....

Three Gorges opens sluices as water level rises

11 July 2012
The Three Gorges Dam opened its sluices on 7 July as a flood with a peak flow of 56,000 cubic metres per second raised the water level in the reservoir to more than 151 metres....

Final power generator installed at Three Gorges

11 July 2012
A ceremony was held on 4 July to mark the delivery of the final 700MW electricity-generating turbine at the Three Gorges hydropower station. Operation has already started....

Targets set for intermodal container routes

11 July 2012
China’s Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Railways have jointly issued a circular that sets a growth target of 20 per cent for the six intermodal container transport routes designated under a pilot scheme that was l...

Chenglingji container throughput increases 30% in half year

11 July 2012
Official statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that by 30 June, container exports via Chenglingji port reached 96,182 TEU, up 30 per cent over the same period last year....

Luzhou waterway bureau issues emergency alert

4 July 2012
Heavy and continuous rains in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River over the past few days resulted in the water level at Erlangtan nearly doubling from 6.44 metres on 29 June to 11.77 metres on 1 July....

New procedures for leasing deepwater shorelines

4 July 2012
The Ministry of Transport and State Development and Reform Commission have jointly launched new procedures relating to the approval of deepwater shoreline leases....

Yangtze cargo throughput up 8% in June

4 July 2012
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that throughput of general cargo via the major Yangtze ports grew by 8 per cent in June to 144m tons compared with the same month last year...

Yangtze MSA launches electronic patrol

4 July 2012
Yangtze MSA launched its electronic patrol system on 1 July after a successful one-year trial run in Wuhu and Wuhan sections....

Jihai deploys largest container vessel for Wuhan-Shanghai shuttle

4 July 2012
Jihai Shipping, a subsidiary of Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), has recently deployed the biggest container barge on the Yangtze for its Yangluo-Yangshan shuttle service....

Sharp rise in Jiangyin wine imports

3 July 2012
The volume of wine imported by Jiangyin port in Jiangsu province increased more than 60-fold year-on-year to 88,652 litres in the first five months of 2012, according to local statistics....

Wuhan-Yichang high-speed railway opens

3 July 2012
The Hanyi railway, a section of the soon-to-be-completed high-speed line between Shanghai and Chengdu, opened on 1 July. The 293km section links Wuhan and Yichang, both in Hubei province....

52.6m travel on Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line

3 July 2012
Some 52.6m passengers have travelled on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway since it opened a year ago, according to official data reported by Xinhua....

20 killed following tanker leak fire in Guangzhou

3 July 2012
At least 20 people were killed and another 27 injured in explosions caused by solvent oil that leaked from a tanker truck in Guangzhou, Guangdong province reported China Daily. On the morning of 29 June, two trucks collide...

Lifan builds battery plants in Chongqing

3 July 2012
Chongqing-based Lifan Industry (Group), a manufacturer of motorcycles and cars, is to invest Rmb670m in battery plants and a new energy research institute....
June 2012

Transhipment tax rebate for Yangshan-bound cargo

27 June 2012
From 1 August, transhipments bound for Shanghai Yangshan terminal from Qingdao and Wuhan can enjoy a tax refund at their port of origin, Xinhua reported....

Commercial interests blamed for porpoise deaths

27 June 2012
China.org.cn has published an article investigating the spate of deaths of Yangtze Finless Porpoises in Dongting Lake....

SIA and China Cargo Airlines start joint service

27 June 2012
Singapore Airlines Cargo and China Cargo Airlines have signed an agreement to operate joint freighter services between Singapore and Shanghai, reported The Journal of Commerce. The joint service, which started on 26 June...

Wuhan-Bangkok flights to start on 5 July

27 June 2012
From 5 July, China Southern Airlines will launch direct services between Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, and Bangkok. Three round-trip flights will depart every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, according to the Guangzhou-...

Industrial FDI in Chongqing nearly doubles in first five months

27 June 2012
Utilised foreign direct investment in industrial projects Chongqing reached totalled US$1.374bn in the first five months of 2012, up 96 per cent year-on-year, according to municipal government statistics. Laptop and suppor...

Shaw breaks ground on Nantong carpet plant

27 June 2012
The US-headquartered Shaw Industries has started construction of a carpet tile plant in Nantong, Jiangsu province, which is set to open in one year....

Increasing size of vessels passing Three Gorges shiplocks

27 June 2012
Reports from the Yangtze River Administration say that the government-driven vessel standardisation programme has led to a more than doubling the average size of vessels passing the Three Gorges shiplocks from 1,040 dwt in 20...

Largest Yangtze intermodal terminal to open by year end

27 June 2012
Chongqing Guoyuan terminal, the largest intermodal project on the Yangtze River, is expected to start a partial trial run by the end of this year, according to the Yangtze River Administration....

Jiangsu minimum wage now higher than Beijing

27 June 2012
Jiangsu provincial government is to raise its minimum monthly wage to Rmb1,320 as of 1 July. This will place it ahead of Beijing, which has set its minimum wage at Rmb1,260....

Government campaign to reduce Yangtze emissions

27 June 2012
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport gathered top managers from major ports and shipping lines on the Yangtze River last week to discuss plans to reduce carbon emissions....

APMT invests in Ningbo terminal

20 June 2012
APM Terminals has signed an agreement with Ningbo Port Group to operate three of the five berths at a new container terminal, reported Lloyd’s List....

Chongqing container throughput up 31% in May

20 June 2012
The port of Chongqing, situated on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, posted a 31 per cent year-on-year increase in container throughput to 70,000 TEU in May....

Train cargo volume rises 3.8% January-May

20 June 2012
The Chinese railway system’s cargo and package volume grew 3.8 per cent year-on-year to 1.68bn tonnes in the first five months of this year, according to Ministry of Railways data....

Taiwan exports to mainland fall 10.2 per cent

20 June 2012
The latest official statistics from the Taiwan government show that for the first five months, exports to mainland China decreased by 10.2 per cent year-on-year to US$47.2bn, while imports from the mainland reached nearly US$...

Taiwan bike maker sets up shop in Nantong

20 June 2012
Taiwan Meilida Industry Corp is to invest US$100m in a bicycle production base in Nantong, according to city government officials....

Guizhou to build grain logistics facility

20 June 2012
Guizhou province in southwest China plans to start building a grain logistics centre later this year, Xinhua reported. The Rmb3.2bn facility will cover 267 hectares and is expected to be completed in three to five years....

Bo successor admits scandal has harmed Chongqing

20 June 2012
The new leader of Chongqing has acknowledged that the scandal that toppled his predecessor, Bo Xilai, had “seriously affected” development of the booming metropolis of 33m people, reported Wall Street Journal....

Water level at Three Gorges Dam reduced to 145m

20 June 2012
Reports from the Yangtze River Administration show that the water level at the Three Gorges Dam has been reduced to 145 metres ahead of the flood season....

Wuhan Port upbeat on container growth

20 June 2012
Mr Gu Qiangsheng, general manager of Wuhan Port Group, told Yangtze Business Services that he is confident that container throughput could reach 460,000 TEU by the end of this year, up 15 per cent over 2011....

Chongqing landslide warning

13 June 2012
A landslide at Tongluo Gorge on the northern bank of the Yangtze blocked a section of the river to Guojiatuo and damaged the main communication cable....

Wanzhou and Fuling start container services to Shanghai

13 June 2012
Wanzhou and Fuling terminals in the municipality of Chongqing started operating container shipping services to Shanghai on 1 June, according to a Xinhua report....

Nanjing Port partners Shanghai Railway Bureau

13 June 2012
Nanjing Port Group, one of the largest common user port operators on the Yangtze, has signed an agreement with Shanghai Railway Bureau to develop rail-water intermodal services....

Shanghai container volumes up 2.9% in May

13 June 2012
Shanghai port posted a throughput of 2.84m TEU in May, an increase of 2.9 per cent on the same month in 2011, according to Shanghai International Port (Group). In the first five months of this year, throughput at the world...

Water rationing plan to be introduced next year

13 June 2012
A water resource allocation plan for 25 rivers that flow through more than one of China’s provinces will be put into use at the end of 2012....

Jade Cargo International shuts down

13 June 2012
Jade Cargo International, China’s first air cargo joint venture, is to close down after financial restructuring negotiations failed, reported China Daily. The Shenzhen-based carrier was co-established by Shenzhen Air...

Joint airport for Wuhu-Xuancheng

13 June 2012
The neighbouring cities of Wuhu and Xuancheng in Anhui province are likely to jointly build an airport, according to local officials. Wang Wei, deputy director with Transport Department of Xuancheng Municipal Development a...

Construction starts on Shanghai-GM car plant in Wuhan

13 June 2012
Shanghai-GM, the joint venture of SAIC Motor and General Motors, has begun constructing its Rmb7bn manufacturing plant in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province. The new facility will be located in the city’s Jingang New D...

Yangtze high water level alert

13 June 2012
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities have issued a warning on extremely high water levels in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River....

Yangtze throughput continues strong growth in May

6 June 2012
Latest statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that throughput of foreign trade-related cargo jumped by 18.1 per cent year-on-year in May to 19.8m tons, bringing the total to 92.3m tons for the first five months...

Three Gorges anchorage expansion completed

6 June 2012
A major anchorage expansion project has been completed at Letianxi, situated between the Three Gorges and Gezhouba dams....

More Taizhou companies mortgage vessels for loans

6 June 2012
According to Taizhou Maritime Safety Authorities, the number of shipping companies registered with them and using their vessels to secure bank loans has more than doubled in the first five months of this year....

More than 1,000 vessels call at Zhenjiang in first five months

6 June 2012
The number of international vessels entering Zhenjiang port stood at 1,010 in the first five months of 2012. They carried a total of 7.72m tons of cargo, up by 14 per cent over the same period last year....

952 ultra-large vessels pass Sutong Bridge in Jan-May

6 June 2012
Reports from Changshu Maritime Safety Authorities reveal that 952 ultra-large vessels safely passed Sutong Bridge during the first five months of this year....

China’s port throughput climbs 7.5%

6 June 2012
Ports in China recorded a throughput of 3.09bn tonnes in the first four months of 2012, an increase of 7.5 per cent year-on-year. Container throughput increased 8.4 per cent to 54.17m TEU, Xinhua reported....

Pollution warning for China’s seas and rivers

6 June 2012
China’s Vice Minister of Environmental Protection Wu Xiaoqing said the quality of the near-shore water of north China’s Bohai Sea and the East China Sea as well as water in five of the nine bays along China's coas...

Hike in rail freight prices

6 June 2012
China has raised railway freight prices in order to cover increased operational costs, reported Shanghai Securities News....
May 2012

Shanghai predicts modest container growth

30 May 2012
Shanghai port has targeted a 4.1 increase in container throughput by 2015 from the 31.7m TEU recorded in 2011, according to the city’s first five-year plan for the shipping industry. A throughput of 33m TEU by 2015 wou...

Korea helps to clean up Chaohu Lake

30 May 2012
South Korea’s Korea Environment Corp will provide technology to clean up Chaohu Lake, China’s fifth-largest lake, and produce biogas from the waste....

Wuhan-Mongolia container train service starts

30 May 2012
Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, has started a railway container service to the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator, according to Xinhua....

AirBridge begins Moscow-Chongqing service

30 May 2012
AirBridgeCargo Airlines of Russia has started a new service from Moscow to Chongqing, Zhengzhou and back to Moscow....

Nissan to make luxury model in Hubei from 2014

30 May 2012
Nissan Motor is to start manufacturing its luxury model Infiniti in Hubei province from 2014, according to an agreement signed with its joint venture partner Dongfeng Motor....

AGCO builds tractor plant in Changzhou

30 May 2012
From next month, the US-based agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO will start building a new plant in the Yangtze port city of Changzhou, Jiangsu province....

Lanxess opens nitrile rubber plant in Nantong

30 May 2012
German specialty chemicals company Lanxess has officially opened a nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) plant in Nantong, Jiangsu province, in a 50-50 joint venture with Taiwan’s TSRC Corporation....

Wisco to invest in Guangxi steel production

30 May 2012
Wuhan Iron and Steel Corp (Wisco) is to invest in a Rmb60bn steel production centre in Fangchenggang, Guangxi autonomous region, according to the regional Communist Party Secretary Ma Biao....

Wuhan government speeds up building of shipping centre

30 May 2012
Wuhan government has recently approved a blueprint to develop Wuhan into a shipping centre in the middle reaches of the Yangtze within the next five years....

Vessel logjam at Three Gorges finally resolved

30 May 2012
A logjam of at least 700 vessels at the Three Gorges Dam was finally dispersed on 26 May, according to the Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs. The problem started to build up on 7 March when the southern s...

Yangtze MSA reports 16 accidents in May

30 May 2012
In May, three-quarters of all accidents in waters controlled by the Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities took place downstream of Wuhan. The overwhelming majority were collisions....

Taizhou welcomes more ultra-large vessels

30 May 2012
The number of ultra-large vessels entering Taizhou port in Jiangsu province more than doubled to 341 during the first five months of this year, according to Taizhou MSA....

Chongqing container throughput up 23% in Q1

23 May 2012
Chongqing port handled 241,000 TEU in the first quarter of 2012, up 23 per cent year-on-year, Xinhua reported....

Oil leak causes closure of Shanghai reservoirs

23 May 2012
Reservoirs supplying Shanghai’s water were closed after a fuel ship sank at the mouth of the Yangtze River on 18 May, Shanghai Daily reported. The crew of nine were rescued from a fuel transporter owned by Shanghai T...

China Merchants to set up Hefei distribution centre

23 May 2012
China Merchants Logistics is to build a distribution centre in Hefei, its first in the capital of Anhui province, Xinhua reported. The facility will cost Rmb1.1bn and cover an area of 17.5 hectares....

Geodis Wilson extends trucking services to China

23 May 2012
Freight management company Geodis Wilson is expanding trucking operations to include China, reported Cargonews Asia....

Subway for Wuhu by 2020

23 May 2012
The Yangtze port city of Wuhu in Anhui province will build its first metro line by 2020, according to an urban planning document. In addition, four highways and five railways will be constructed that link Wuhu with cities...

Infrastructure projects to be accelerated

23 May 2012
China will accelerate approvals for infrastructure investment in response to a slowdown in the economy, according to the China Securities Journal....

NDRC approves Chongqing airport expansion

23 May 2012
China’s National Development and Reform Commission has approved a proposal to construct a new terminal and third runway at Chongqing Jiangbei airport. These and other new facilities will enable the airport to annuall...

Railways open up to private investment

23 May 2012
China’s railway industry it to become more open to private investment, according to a document issued by the Ministry of Railways....

Cargotec establishes crane joint venture in Jiangsu

23 May 2012
Materials handling company Cargotec has formally established a joint venture with Jiangsu Rainbow Heavy Industries that will build a new facility in Taicang, Jiangsu province....

Wuhan-Yangshan shuttle now more reliable, says shipper

23 May 2012
Wuhan government’s efforts to prioritise the reliability of shuttle services between Wuhan and Shanghai’s Yangshan terminal are bearing fruit, according to major shipper TPV, which has a manufacturing plant in Wuh...

LNG bunkering to be trialled on Yangtze

23 May 2012
Jiangsu Maritime Safety Authorities recently gathered China Classification Society, Nanjing Port Fuel Co and Jiangsu Haiqi Group recently to study the technical standards of LNG bunkering, vessel conversion to LNG fuel and th...

Jiangsu to increase minimum wage by 15%

23 May 2012
The central government has approved Jiangsu province’s plan to increase its minimum wage by an average of 15 per cent as of 1 June....

Minimum water level raised in Yangtze’s lower reaches

23 May 2012
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport announced on 16 May that the minimum guaranteed water level between Taicang and Nanjing will be raised from 10.5 metres to 10.8 metres with immediate effect....

Jiaxing posts 45% container growth in Q1

16 May 2012
The river port of Jiaxing in coastal Zhejiang province handled 17,527 TEU in the first three months of 2012, a 45 per cent year-on-year increase, according to Xinhua....

Yellow River likely to flood this summer

16 May 2012
The Yellow River, China’s second longest river, is likely to flood in its middle and lower reaches this summer, said the Yellow River Conservancy Commission under the Ministry of Water Resources. Long-term weather an...

Finnair starts Chongqing service

16 May 2012
Finnair has begun direct flights between Helsinki and Chongqing. The carrier will deploy Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft on the four-times-a-week service, and the journey will take about eight-and-a-half hours....

Container throughput at Taicang exceeds 1m TEU by April

16 May 2012
The latest statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that container throughput in Taicang, Jiangsu province, reached 1.41m TEU by the end of April, up almost 32 per cent year-on-yea...

NCC delegates call for new water level at Three Gorges

16 May 2012
Three prominent National Consultative Conference delegates including Lu Xiaozhong, chairman of Minsheng Shipping, each submitted motions recently calling for a readjustment of the water level at the Three Gorges Reservoir so...

Chengdu computer production capacity exceeds 100m by year end

16 May 2012
Officials from Chengdu Inward Investment Promotion Centre said on 9 May that three production lines for iPads will be completed by the end of this year with an annual capacity of 72m units, bringing the city’s computer...

Toxic chemical pollutes Hanjiang River

9 May 2012
A tank truck overturned and leaked styrene into a river in northwest China’s Shaanxi province on 5 May, according to local environmental protection officials....

Water pollution control measures to be tightened

9 May 2012
China is strengthening pollution controls in key rivers and lakes this year, said Zhou Shengxian, minister of environmental protection....

Cargo trains carry 1.33bn tonnes Jan-April

9 May 2012
China’s railways carried 1.33bn tonnes of cargo in the first four months of 2012, up 3.8 per cent from the previous year, said the Ministry of Railways. The amount of coal carried by railways was up 6.6 per cent year...

Fare discounts offered on high-speed trains

9 May 2012
Business class and premium seat passengers on the high-speed Shanghai-Nanjing and Shanghai-Hangzhou railway lines will soon enjoy discounts of 10-30 per cent, reported China Daily. Shanghai Railway Bureau announced that bu...

Jiuhuashan airport to be completed this summer

9 May 2012
Construction of Jiuhuashan airport in Anhui province will be completed in July this year, according to a local government website. The airport is located about 20km from downtown Chizhou and Tongling, two important Yangtze...

Air China starts Chengdu-Mumbai service

9 May 2012
Air China has launched a new regular flight between the southwestern city of Chengdu and the Indian city of Mumbai. Airbus 319 planes will depart every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, said the carrier....

Chongqing Iron & Steel output fall 10%

9 May 2012
Steel products output at Chongqing Iron & Steel fell 9.92 per cent year-on-year in April to 385,900 tonnes. The company said output in the first quarter was down 13.5 per cent to 1.63m tonnes....

473 Chongqing officials prosecuted

9 May 2012
A total of 473 officials in Chongqing municipality were prosecuted for criminal behaviour in the first four months of this year....

Lenovo to build mobile plant in Wuhan

9 May 2012
Lenovo Group, the world's second-largest PC maker, said it will invest invest a total of Rmb5bn to set up an industry base for mobile products in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province....

Yangtze cargo throughput up 6.7% in April

9 May 2012
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that throughput of general cargo in major Yangtze ports grew 6.7 per cent year-on-year to 144m tons in April, while container throughput we...

Chongqing foreign trade soars in Q1

9 May 2012
Statistics from the Chongqing branch of the People’s Bank of China show that the city’s exports soared by 58 per cent year-on-year for the first quarter to US$5.3bn while its imports reached US$3.7bn, up 54 per ce...

Jinling Shipyard signs MOU to build new Titanic

9 May 2012
Jinling Shipyard, a subsidiary of Sinotrans China National Shipping Corp, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Australian billionaire Clive Palmer to build a modern replica of the Titanic, according to a report from...

Storms damage homes and ground airplanes

2 May 2012
Heavy rain and hailstorms in Hunan province have affected more than 750,000 people in Yueyang, Yiyang, Zhangjiajie and Yongzhou....

Surge in Chongqing laptop production

2 May 2012
Chongqing manufactured 11m laptops in the first quarter of 2012, an increase of more than six times on the same period last year, according to municipal government figures. The majority of the products were exported and we...

Wuhan launches English weekly newspaper

2 May 2012
Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, has launched its first English-language weekly newspaper. Changjiang Weekly, published by the Yangtze Daily Newspaper Group, covers local political, economic, social and cultural news as w...

Repair work completed at Three Gorges and Gezhouba shiplocks

2 May 2012
Reports from the Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs say that the major repair work on the shiplocks of both Three Gorges and Gezhouba dams has been completed ahead of the May Day holiday, and that operations...

UPM completes two new projects in Changshu

2 May 2012
UPM, the giant Finnish paper manufacturer, has recently completed the building of its Asia Pacific R&D centre and a new self-adhesive laminate factory in Changshu....

Sichuan plans three transport routes overseas

2 May 2012
Sichuan in southwest China has pledged to open up three major transport routes linking the landlocked province to overseas markets, according to an action plan recently issued by the provincial government....

Fog halts Yangtze shipping

2 May 2012
Heavy fog has caused a major disruption to shipping in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River....
April 2012

12 finless porpoises found dead in Dongting Lake

25 April 2012
In recent weeks, 12 finless porpoises have been found dead in Dongting Lake, a flood basin of the Yangtze River in Hunan province, Xiaoxiang Morning Post reported....

Funding challenge for transport infrastructure

25 April 2012
The Ministry of Transport has warned that funding difficulties lie ahead for transport infrastructure. “This year the demand for funds for transport infrastructure construction will remain high,” it said in a s...

Landslide threat prompts major relocation

25 April 2012
About 20,000 people from Dongba county in Hubei province will be relocated in 2012 because of the threat of landslides around the Three Gorges Dam, local authorities said. The relocation process is under way, said an offic...

Chongqing cargo throughput rises 21% in Q1

25 April 2012
The port of Chongqing handled 179,200 TEU in the first three months of 2012, an increase of 21.2 per cent over the same period last year, Xinhua reported. General cargo throughput was up 13.4 per cent to 27.83m tonnes....

CRE promotes time-definite services

25 April 2012
CHINA Railway Express (CRE), a railway express service provider owned by the Ministry of Railways, is promoting its time-definite service, Xinhua reported. The service includes next-day delivery and third-day delivery, by...

Chongqing heralds air cargo route to US and Australia

25 April 2012
Qantas Freight has begun a weekly cargo service between Sydney and Chongqing. The full route is Sydney-Chongqing-Pudong (Shanghai)-Chicago-New York-Sydney....

Hi-tech zone approved in Wuhu

25 April 2012
The provincial government of Anhui has approved the establishment of Xinwu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone in the southern suburbs of Wuhu city. The zone aims to attract manufacturers and service providers from sectors...

Solvay to invest in Changshu plant

25 April 2012
The Belgium-based international chemical group Solvay plans to build a new plant in Changshu, Jiangsu province, after having acquired the specialty chemicals company Rhodia last September. The plant, which will make fluori...

Company chief summoned to Wuhan after Yangtze accidents

25 April 2012
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport and Jiangsu Provincial Transport Department jointly summoned senior managers of Longchuan Transport Co, based in Jiangdu city, Jiangsu province to Wuhan for dis...

Shanghai posts 3.4% rise in March container throughput

18 April 2012
Shanghai port registered a 3.4 per cent year-on-year increase in container throughput in March, according to figures from Shanghai International Port (Group). The world’s largest container port recorded 2.73m teu of...

Hefei to become national transport hub

18 April 2012
Anhui province will invest Rmb320bn in transport during the current five-year plan, according to a provincial government website. According to the plan, Anhui’s capital Hefei will be built into a national transportat...

12 killed in Jiangsu road accidents

18 April 2012
Twelve people were killed and 26 others injured following a number of pile-ups on a highway in Jiangsu province on the morning of 15 April, local authorities said. Thirty-two vehicles were involved in seven separate accide...

Joint air-railway tickets launched

18 April 2012
Shanghai Railway Bureau and China Eastern Airlines have signed an agreement to launch ‘air-railway traffic’ products jointly, reported Beijing Daily....

Novelis builds aluminium sheet plant in Changzhou

18 April 2012
The US-based aluminium products company Novelis is building a US$100m plant in the Yangtze port city of Changzhou, Jiangsu province....

Chongqing exports grow 150% in first quarter

18 April 2012
Chongqing municipality recorded China’s highest export growth rate of 150 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2012, with export value hitting US$5.84bn, according to the local customs office....

Changan Suzuki start second Chongqing plant

18 April 2012
Chongqing Changan Suzuki Automobile has started construction on its second plant in Chongqing. The Rmb2.3bn facility will have four automobile assembly lines and an annual output capacity of 100,000 vehicles....

Yangtze campaign to standardise ship ID

18 April 2012
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Authority has launched a four-month campaign to standardise identification of all vessels within its remit....

First Yangtze emergency vessel for oil spills

18 April 2012
The Yangtze MSA has received delivery of its first purpose-built emergency vessel for dealing with oil spills....

Shipowner arrested for using forged DG documentation

18 April 2012
The Yangtze Police said that, in the early hours of 12 April, its Wuhan force discovered a container vessel that was shipping dangerous cargo on forged documentation. They immediately arrested the owner of the vessel....

Jiangsu ranks third in terms of aging population

18 April 2012
A recent research report by Nanjing Normal University said that Jiangsu ranks third in the country for its aging population....

Yangtze dry season continues

11 April 2012
Continued low water levels in the middle reaches of the Yangtze have caused officials from the Yangtze Waterway Bureau to warn that the dry season is longer this year than normal, according to China Transport News....

Fog halts shipping in Three Gorges area

11 April 2012
Fog that restricted visibility to less than 500 metres on 11 April has disrupted shipping services in waters around the Three Gorges region in Hubei province, reported China Daily. Water traffic was halted from 6:00am and...

Zhangjiagang becomes leading soybean importer in Jiangsu

11 April 2012
Statistics from Zhangjiagang Inspection and Quarantine Bureau show that a total of 667,000 tons of soybeans were imported in the first quarter of this year via Zhangjiagang from the US, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay....

Date set for digital waterway trial

11 April 2012
The director of the Yangtze Waterway Bureau, Xiong Xuebing, announced at a recent meeting that the 2.0 version of the digital mapping of the Yangtze waterway will start a public trial run before China’s National Day on...

Aegean signs marine fuels deal with China Changjiang

11 April 2012
Marine fuels supplier Aegean Marine Petroleum has formed a partnership with China Changjiang Bunker (Sinopec) to enable the Greece-based company to supply marine fuel to its customers in China....

Boat accident kills five in Zhangjiagang

11 April 2012
Five people have been killed in a boat accident on the Yangtze River in Jiangsu province....

China releases 1,200 sturgeons

11 April 2012
More than 1,200 artificially-bred Chinese sturgeons were released into the Yangtze on 8 April to increase wild stocks of the rare species....

China Eastern invests in Wuhan subsidiary

11 April 2012
China Eastern Airlines will inject Rmb1.05bn into its Wuhan subsidiary, China Eastern Wuhan Airlines, to enhance its position in central China, reported Air Transport World....

Ford to nearly double Chongqing capacity

11 April 2012
Ford Motor has unveiled plans to invest US$600m in its passenger car joint venture with Chongqing Changan Auto, reported Wall Street Journal. The US-based auto giant expects to expand overall car manufacturing capacity in...

Yueyang starts scheduled direct route to Hong Kong

4 April 2012
On 28 March, a 2,300dwt river- and ocean-going container vessel loaded with fireworks set off from Yueyang port bound for Hong Kong, marking the opening of the first container route to the SAR....

Yangtze general cargo throughput rises 4.3% in March 

4 April 2012
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that throughput of general cargo on the Yangtze trunkline rose by 4.3 per cent year-on-year to 138m tons in March, while container throughp...

Fishing ban starts in Yangtze’s lower reaches

4 April 2012
An annual three-month fishing ban began on 1 April in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River as part of efforts to preserve fish stocks....

Chengdu investment conference

4 April 2012
Euromoney, in conjunction with Chengdu municipal government, is hosting a Chengdu investment conference on 19-20 April....

Cathay launches cargo service to Zhengzhou

4 April 2012
Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways has launched a twice-weekly freighter service to Zhengzhou, capital of the central province of Henan....

Chongqing targets continued air cargo growth

4 April 2012
Chongqing Airport is targeting 22m passengers and 300,000 tonnes of cargo in 2012, according to Chongqing Daily....

Sabic advances plans for Chongqing facility

4 April 2012
Senior leaders from petrochemical giant Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) have been meeting with officials from Chongqing and other Chinese cities to progress plans to expand their manufacturing operations in China....
March 2012

Chongqing container throughput up 73% in February

28 March 2012
The port of Chongqing recorded a 73 per cent year-on-year increase in container throughput to 65,200 TEU in February, Xinhua reported. General cargo throughput rose 41 per cent to 9.48m tonnes....

AICM pledges help on shipping DG on Yangtze

28 March 2012
Dr Peter von Zumbusch, president of Wacker Greater China and chairman of Association of International Chemical Manufacturers, said that AICM members stand ready to exercise their duty of care and bring international best prac...

Yueyang signs intermodal deal with Guangzhou Railway

28 March 2012
Guangzhou Railway Group has signed a cooperation agreement with Yueyang, the only major Yangtze port in Hunan province, as well as with the Guangdong ports of Huizhou and Guangzhou....

Chongqing-Hunan highway to open on 31 March

28 March 2012
The 800km-long Chongqing-Hunan highway will be open to traffic on 31 March....

Air cargo volume rises 2.5% in 2011

28 March 2012
Total cargo volume at Chinese airports rose 2.5 per cent year-on-year to 11.6m tons, according to a report released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). China had 180 airports in 175 of its cities at the e...

Air cargo service connects Chengdu and France

28 March 2012
China-based cargo airline Yangtze River Express has selected Paris-Vatry airport as its gateway for trade between Europe and western China....

Paris-Wuhan air services to start on 12 April

28 March 2012
Air France-KLM is to start a direct air route between Paris and Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, on April 12. It will be the first direct flight route connecting central China to Europe....

Chery, Jaguar Land Rover to set up Changshu venture

28 March 2012
Leading Chinese carmaker Chery and Indian-owned luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover have reached agreement to set up a 50-50 joint venture in the Yangtze port city of Changshu, Jiangsu province. The scope of the proposed joi...

Chongqing pledges to maintain IT status

28 March 2012
Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang, who replaced Bo Xilai as Communist Party chief of Chongqing on 15 March, has promised unremitting efforts to consolidate the municipality’s status as a leading global centre for information t...

Yamada Denki opens Nanjing store

28 March 2012
Japan’s leading home appliances store chain Yamada Denki has opened a store in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province. Located in the central area of Xinjiekou, the new store has seven floors and a total area of about...

Changzhou opening for Cooper Industries

28 March 2012
Cooper Industries, the US-based manufacturer of electronic products and tools, has officially opened a wholly-owned subsidiary in Changzhou National Hi-Tech District, Jiangsu province....

Southern shiplocks at Three Gorges Dam resume operations

28 March 2012
The southern shiplocks at the Three Gorges Dam resumed operations at 10pm on 26 March. The major repair work, which caused a 20-day suspension of the shiplocks, was completed on schedule....

Cooper Industries opens Changzhou plant

28 March 2012
Cooper Industries, the US-based manufacturer of electronic products and tools, has officially opened a wholly-owned subsidiary in Changzhou National Hi-Tech District, Jiangsu province....

Jiangsu MSA simplifies accident procedures

21 March 2012
Jiangsu MSA has become the first maritime authority in China to simplify its procedures for investigating accidents. The authority is committed to complete investigations within five working days instead of four months....

Increased investment in Yangtze port capacity

21 March 2012
The number of berths on the Yangtze River with a capacity of at least 10,000 tonnes increased to 389 by 2011, up from 298 in the previous year....

Wuhan-Guangzhou railway to extend to Shenzhen

21 March 2012
Wuhan Railway Bureau announced recently that the Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway will be extended to Shenzhen from 1 April. A new service schedule will be put in place by then....

Wuhan Metro Line 2 to open in 2012

21 March 2012
Railway Gazette International reported that Wuhan Metro Line 2 is due to open later this year, following the official completion of construction works on 26 February....

Fraud exposed in Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway

21 March 2012
A report released by China’s National Audit Office showed more evidence of fraud, waste, mismanagement and irregular procurement totalling billions of yuan connected to the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway that opene...

Australia to open Chengdu consulate

21 March 2012
The Australian government intends to open a new consulate-general in Chengdu, capital of the western province of Sichuan. It will be the first new diplomatic mission Australia has opened in China since the 1980s, having al...

Kimberly-Clark builds new plant in Nanjing

21 March 2012
Construction has started on Kimberly-Clark’s new nappy manufacturing base in Nanjing’s Jiangning Development Zone....

Port capacity to be increased on Xijiang River

14 March 2012
The aggregate capacity of ports along the Xijiang River, which runs through southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and connects with the Pearl River in Guangdong province, will exceed 100m tonnes in 2012, Xin...

Freight price rises to hit Chongqing’s exports

14 March 2012
Price rises introduced by major international ocean shipping carriers early this month will have a negative effect on Chongqing’s exports to Europe, said an official of the Chongqing Foreign Trade & Economic Relatio...

High-speed rail section collapses

14 March 2012
A section of an unopened high-speed railway collapsed in Hubei province on 9 March following heavy rains....

Air China Cargo expands its fleet

14 March 2012
Two Boeing 747 freighters will join the Air China Cargo fleet by the end of March, reported Air Cargo News....

Hubei aims to double GDP by 2016

14 March 2012
Hubei is to accelerate its efforts to attract foreign investment in a bid to double its GDP by 2016, said the province’s Communist Party chief, Li Hongzhong....

Galaxy opens Jiangsu lithium carbonate plant

14 March 2012
Australia-based Galaxy Resources has officially opened a wholly-owned plant in Jiangsu province’s Zhangjiagang Free Trade Zone....

SDRC approves Nanjing deepwater dredging project

14 March 2012
The State Development and Reform Commission has recently approved phase one of the Nanjing deep water dredging project, according to Yangtze River Administration....

Members of NCC call for more aggressive dredging in middle reaches

14 March 2012
Members of the National Consultative Council from Hubei province, currently attending national conferences, have called for more ambitious dredging to tackle the bottleneck in the middle reaches of the Yangtze....

Yangtze throughput rises in February

7 March 2012
Official statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that throughput of general cargo rose by 15.5 per cent to 126m tons in February, while throughput of containers increased by 12.5...

Jiangyin receives its largest domestic cargo carrier

7 March 2012
On 6 March, ‘Taihang 8’ carrying 49,814 tons of coal, anchored at Jiangyin port. This was the largest domestic cargo carrier to have ever anchored at the port....

Yibin aims for 30,000 TEU throughput in 2012

7 March 2012
The upstream Yangtze port of Yibin, which recently started trial operations, handled 8,055 TEU, 370,000 tonnes of bulk cargo and 3,800 tonnes of heavy goods in 2011....

Rickmers opens inland offices

7 March 2012
Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg based operator of heavy lift and project liner services, is opening additional liaison offices in central China in response to growing industrial investment in the region....

Second Yangtze bridge for Wuhu

7 March 2012
Construction is expected to start at the end of 2012 on a second bridge spanning the Wuhu section of the Yangtze River, local transport authorities said....

Sichuan expressway length doubles in past four years

7 March 2012
Sichuan province has invested Rmb267bn in shipping and road transport construction over the past four years, according to Xinhua....

Jiangsu promotes electric powered vehicles

7 March 2012
Transport official in Jiangsu province announced recently that three cities – Nanjing, Nantong and Suzhou – will purchase a total of 3,000 new electric-powered buses and taxis within three years in a government dr...

Air China to start Chongqing-Mumbai service

7 March 2012
From 2 May, Air China will launch a direct service between Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, and India’s leading commercial city, Mumbai....

Kia to build third plant in Yancheng

7 March 2012
South Korea-based Kia Motors’ Chinese joint venture, Dongfeng Yueda Kia, plans to start construction of its third plant in Yancheng ETDZ, Jiangsu province, in the first half of this year....

SDK builds new plant in Nantong

7 March 2012
Japan’s Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has started building a new plant in Nantong, Jiangsu province, for producing high-purity aluminium foils for electrolytic capacitors....
February 2012

Three Gorges shiplift towers over dam

29 February 2012
A new shiplift being constructed at the Three Gorges Dam has now grown taller than the dam itself, reported Xinhua....

Jiangsu to build 20 berths in 2012

29 February 2012
The eastern province of Jiangsu plans to build 20 new berths in 2012, each with a capacity to handle 10,000-tonne vessels, Xinhua reported....

Anhui expressway to open in 2012

29 February 2012
The 17km Wuhu-Yanchi expressway will open to traffic within this year, according to the transport department of Anhui province. Work on the road started in 2009 and will cost some Rmb1.61bn....

First direct China-Africa air cargo service

29 February 2012
Kenya Airways and KLM have joined forces to launch the first direct air cargo service between mainland China and Africa. The airlines will operate a B747-400 freighter with 120 tonnes of cargo capacity....

Decline in Shanghai air cargo volume

29 February 2012
Shanghai Pudong International Airport recorded a 22 per cent fall in its air cargo volume to 199,900 tonnes in January, according to figures posted by Shanghai International Airport....

Wuhan subway tunnel digging complete

29 February 2012
Tunnel digging in Wuhan on the first subway to cross the Yangtze River has been completed, reported Xinhua. The 28km line, the first phase of Wuhan Subway Line II, will open to traffic later this year....

BP in Chongqing chemicals project

29 February 2012
Sinopec, BP Chemicals and South Korea-based SK Global Chemical are to jointly build a Rmb7bn chemical production base in Chongqing....

Ford plant starts operations in Chongqing

29 February 2012
Changan Ford Mazda’s second production site in Chongqing officially began operation on 24 February, Economic Observer News reported....

Four DG accidents on Yangtze in February

29 February 2012
Official statistics for February from the Yangtze MSA showed 10 accidents took place within its remit, between Anhui and Chongqing. Five of these accidents were collisions and three involved stranded vessels....

Palm oil vessel hit while unloading

22 February 2012
According to the Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities, a Singapore-registered vessel was hit by a domestic vessel on 15 February while unloading 16,000 tons of palm oil at a terminal privately-owned by China Grain Import and E...

Jiangsu to spend Rmb5.5bn on Yangtze dredging

22 February 2012
Jiangsu provincial government announced on 16 February that it would spend Rmb5.5bn by the end of this year to help dredge 146km of the Yangtze trunkline, according to reports from the Yangtze River Administration under the M...

Yueyang MSA strives to impose order in Dongting Lake area

22 February 2012
At the 3.5km junction of Dongting Lake and the Yangtze, an increasing number of small vessels are collecting and transhipping sand, creating a shipping hazard in the area, said the Yangtze River Administration under the Minis...

Second Harbour Engineering wins Chizhou port deal

22 February 2012
CCCC Second Harbour Engineering has won the bid for phase one of the public terminal in the Niutoushan area of Chizhou Port in Anhui province, reported Dredging Today, as well as the reconstruction and extension of Guodian te...

Call for more water quality monitoring stations

22 February 2012
A shortage of water quality monitoring stations is hindering China’s ability to respond to chemical spills in the nation’s waterways, said Hu Siyi, deputy minister of water resources. In recent years, a large n...

Worker killed in tank truck explosion

22 February 2012
An unidentified chemical worker has died in a tank truck explosion in the northwestern province of Gansu, local authorities said. The tank trailer, which was carrying 58 cubic meters of liquefied petroleum gas, exploded ne...

Fog causes transport disruption

22 February 2012
Two Beijing-Shanghai high-speed trains were cancelled and others were delayed because of dense fog in Tianjin and Hebei province on 22 February, according to Beijing Railway Administration. Air traffic was also affected by...

New Chongqing bridge approved

22 February 2012
Chongqing has approved the design plan of a new cable-stayed bridge across the Jialing River, a tributary of the Yangtze. Hongyancun Jialing River Bridge will be a dual-use highway and railway bridge....

More high-speed lines to open in 2012, says railways official

22 February 2012
A total of 3,500km of new high-speed railways are expected to be put into use this year, despite safety concerns and funding shortages that led to the halting of several rail projects last year. Yang Zhongmin, director of...

Lifan to build new auto plant

22 February 2012
Motorcycle manufacturer Lifan Industry (Group) has announced plans to spend Rmb3.88bn to build a car plant at its headquarters in Chongqing....

Aeon to open three malls in Wuhan

22 February 2012
Japan’s largest supermarket group Aeon plans to build three large shopping centres in Wuhan, capital of the central province of Hubei, according to city government officials....

Direct Chongqing-Helsinki air services

22 February 2012
Finnair is to launch direct services between Helsinki and Chongqing from May, according to municipal tourism authorities. There will be four flights every week that will be served by Airbus A340 aircraft....

AICM chairman to speak at Yangtze DG conference on 22 March

15 February 2012
Peter von Zumbusch, Chairman of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM), has agreed to speak at the 2012 Yangtze Business Network conference in Shanghai on 22 March....

Korean cargo vessel accused of chemical spill

15 February 2012
A South Korean cargo ship accused of spilling phenol into the lower reaches of the Yangtze River was detained on 11 February....

10 dead after Hunan shipping tragedy

15 February 2012
The death toll following the capsizing of a boat in central Hunan province two weeks ago has risen to 10, reported Xinhua, and another person remains missing. On 2 February the sand-carrying boat capsized during high winds...

Port operators more optimistic than shipping lines for the year

15 February 2012
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport gathered nearly 50 major Yangtze port operators and shipping lines on 9 February to discuss their performance in the fourth quarter of 2011 and their business p...

Yangtze MSA to gift AIS to small passenger vessels

15 February 2012
The Yangtze MSA, in charge of the waterway between Anhui and Chongqing, will provide free Automatic Identification System (AIS) equipment to all passenger ferries that are less than 100 dwt, according to its director Mr Wang...

Jiangxi shipyard delivers largest ever new vessel

15 February 2012
Escorted by pilots from Wuhan Piloting Station, a multi-purpose ocean vessel named Jianglian 28 was delivered safely to its German owners in Shanghai on 6 February....

China’s logistics costs rise 18.5% in 2011

15 February 2012
Logistics costs accounted for 17.8 per cent of China’s Rmb47,160bn GDP last year, compared with 18 per cent in 2010, according to a report issued by the National Development and Reform Commission, the National Bureau of...

Yunnan, Inner Mongolia face drinking water shortages

15 February 2012
More than 3m people in China face a shortage of drinking water because of drought, reported Xinhua....

Wuhan-Singapore flights to start in April

15 February 2012
Singapore Airlines is to start direct flights between Singapore and Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, on 24 April, Xinhua reported....

Fatal road accidents on foggy Jiangsu expressway

15 February 2012
Accidents involving 21 vehicles on a road in Jiangsu province killed two people and injured six others on the morning of 11 February. The accidents occurred in heavy fog on an expressway between the city of Changzhou and t...

Spur sells Hubei phosphate interests

15 February 2012
Canada-based plant nutrient manufacturer Spur Ventures has sold its wholly owned China chemicals subsidiary to a Cayman Islands company for a price of US$9.3m. The unit had an interest in two joint venture phosphate mines...

Lanxess to build chemicals plant in Changzhou

15 February 2012
The German specialty chemicals company Lanxess is to establish a leather chemicals plant in Changzhou, Jiangsu province....

UK mission to Chongqing and Changsha

15 February 2012
UKTI, a government department that helps British companies do business overseas, is organising a “Sustainable Cities” mission to Chongqing and Changsha on 19-23 March....

January dip in Shanghai container volumes

8 February 2012
Shanghai port handled 2.62m TEU of containers in January. This was 1.5 per cent lower than in the previous month and 3.3 per cent down on the January 2011 total....

Heavy-metal plants in Hechi told to move

8 February 2012
All heavy-metal smelting plants in Hechi, in the northwest of Guangxi province, are to be relocated by 2015 as part of a government response to a cadmium spill in the Longjiang River that was first detected on 15 January....

Environmental accidents on the rise

8 February 2012
The number of environmental accidents in China has increased significantly, reported China Daily, in line with the rapid growth of the chemical industry. Ministry of Environmental Protection data showed that 542 environmen...

Water diversion project to be operational in 2013

8 February 2012
The eastern route of China’s massive south-to-north water diversion project will start supplying water in 2013, Sun Yifu, deputy water resources chief in Shandong province, told Xinhua....

Dam plan for Poyang Lake altered

8 February 2012
A plan to build a hydropower dam on Poyang Lake has been altered after it was criticised by environmentalists and academicians for its potential damage to an already fragile ecology....

New international rail services for Chongqing

8 February 2012
Chongqing municipality is to start two new international rail cargo routes this year, reported Xinhua. Container transport will be authorised for a service that begins in Chongqing and runs via the provinces of Guizhou and...

SI Group to build resin plant in Nanjing

8 February 2012
SI Group, the US-based manufacturer of chemical intermediates, is to construct a US$30m phenolic resin production facility in Nanjing....

Shipping delays expected as dam repair work starts

8 February 2012
The Ministry of Transport has approved a plan to start major repair work at the southern shiplocks of the Three Gorges Dam and No.1 shiplock of the Gezhouba Dam at the same time on 7 March, according to Xinhua....

Chongqing to establish helicopter production base

8 February 2012
According to Mr Huang Yong, board chairman of the newly set up Chongqing Helicopter Investment Group, Chongqing has chosen Liangjiang New Zone as the site for helicopter production....

Sichuan to speed up investment in waterway infrastructure

8 February 2012
Sichuan provincial governor Jiang Jufeng announced recently that his government will speed up investment in waterway infrastructure so that by 2020, 2,000-3,000 dwt vessels can sail on the Yangtze trunkline and 1,000dwt vesse...

Shenzhen port impacted by industry shift to interior

1 February 2012
Shenzhen’s status as a major international port is increasingly dependent on container railway services to central China, where many industrial plants have relocated from Guangdong province and other coastal locations...

Pollution concern grows as toxic spill nears Liuzhou

1 February 2012
Toxic metal contamination of a river in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region is threatening the drinking water supply of millions of people....

Poyang Lake dam criticised by environmentalists

1 February 2012
Environmental activists have criticised a proposed dam designed to tackle a severe water shortage in Jiangxi province’s Poyang Lake, reported South China Morning Post....

High spending on water conservation

1 February 2012
Central and local governments in China spent Rmb345.2bn on water conservation projects last year, according to Minister of Water Resources, Chen Lei. The investments helped provide 20.5m people in drought-hit regions with...

Carmakers expand Wuhan capacity

1 February 2012
Wuhan’s importance as a car manufacturing centre is set to grow in coming months, according to official media....

Sichuan’s GDP rises 15% in 2011

1 February 2012
Sichuan province in southwest China recorded a GDP increase of 15 per cent in 2011 to Rmb2,100bn, according to the provincial statistics bureau....

Three Gorges Dam posts 27% cargo increase

1 February 2012
The Three Gorges Dam posted a year-on-year increase of 27.3 per cent in 2011 cargo movements to 100.3m tonnes, Xinhua reported. The site is also becoming an important visitor attraction....

Nanjing MSA detains Panama-registered vessel

1 February 2012
Marine safety officials in Nanjing detained a visiting Panama-registered vessel on 30 January, after on-board checks discovered powerless engines in lifeboats, a broken alarm system for low fuel pressure in the main engines a...

Spring Festival leads to fall in Yangtze throughput

1 February 2012
Official statistics show that throughput of general cargo via the major Yangtze ports fell by 8.7 per cent to 115m tons in January, compared with the same month last year, largely due to the timing of the week-long Chinese Ne...

Chongqing-Europe container rail service to ramp up frequency

1 February 2012
Mr Mu Huaping, Director of Chongqing Municipal Commission of Industries and Information, said that the Chongqing-Europe rail service, connecting the city with Europe via Xinjiang, will increase from the current weekly service...

Hong Kong sets up Chongqing liaison office

1 February 2012
Hong Kong government officially opened a liaison office in Chongqing on 15 January to promote trade and commerce between the SAR and the municipality....
January 2012

Yangtze DG shipping conference set for 22 March

18 January 2012
Yangtze Business Services, supported by the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport, is to host a conference on the safe shipping of dangerous cargo on the Yangtze....

Work to begin in 2012 on two Yangtze bridges in Anhui

18 January 2012
Anhui province plans to spend Rmb27bn-30bn on transportation infrastructure construction in 2012, according to a conference held by the provincial transport authorities. Work is due to start this year on two more bridges c...

China to improve grain logistics

18 January 2012
China has pledged to significantly improve logistics and promote the use of technology in its grain production industry by 2015 as part of efforts to ensure food security, said Nie Zhenbang, head of the State Administration o...

GLP presses ahead with China growth strategy

18 January 2012
Global Logistic Properties intends to press ahead with plans to grow its floor space in China by 20-25 per cent annually over the next three to four years despite the economic slowdown....

AirBridgeCargo starts Chengdu scheduled services

18 January 2012
Moscow-based AirBridgeCargo Airlines has started scheduled all-cargo services to Chengdu International Airport in Sichuan province....

Sinopec to close Anqing refinery for maintenance

18 January 2012
Sinopec is to shut down its 110,000-barrel-per-day Anqing refinery from early February for a six-week maintenance, said an industry source reported by Reuters The source added that the Anqing plant in the eastern province...

Honeywell to build turbocharger plant in Wuhan

18 January 2012
Honeywell Turbo Technologies is to invest in a new turbocharger manufacturing facility in Wuhan that is expected to be completed by the end of 2012. The US-based company expects sales of turbocharged vehicles in China to d...

Eltete expands operations to western China

18 January 2012
Shanghai Eltete Packaging Technology, a subsidiary of Eltete, the Finland-based supplier of transport packaging material, is building a plant in Chongqing....

Call for new facility to solve Three Gorges bottleneck

18 January 2012
A panel of experts organised by the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport has conceded after a recent visit that a new facility is needed to solve the increasingly severe shipping bottleneck problem at...

Odfjell invests in Tianjin terminal

18 January 2012
Odfjell of Norway said it plans a joint venture to develop a terminal and facilities for bulk liquid chemicals, petroleum products and gases in Tianjin’s Nangang Industrial Zone. The company’s Singaporean subsi...

Nantong Yangkou terminal receives 20th LNG super tanker

18 January 2012
On 16 January, Nantong Yangkou terminal received its 20th international LNG super tanker, Alma Feiya....

Three Gorges dam releases more water

11 January 2012
The Three Gorges Dam has started releasing more water downstream during the Yangtze River’s dry winter season. The move aims to ensure water supplies and river traffic safety on the middle and lower reaches of the ri...

Poyang Lake water level hits record low

11 January 2012
The water level in Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater lake, has fallen sharply to 7.95 meters, the lowest level in six decades, according to a Xinhua report. An official from the Duchang Hydrometric Station said...

Taicang's container throughput to Taiwan up 29% in 2011

11 January 2012
In 2011 the Suzhou terminal of Taicang on the Yangtze River handled 45,000 TEU of containers in shipping services to and from Taiwan, an increase of 29.4 per cent on the previous year. Since it launched cross-strait direct...

SIPG reports big fall in profits

11 January 2012
Shanghai International Port Group, China's largest port operator, said it experienced a profits fall of 13.7 per cent year-on-year to Rmb4.68bn in 2011....

New body to protect Yangtze finless porpoise

11 January 2012
A new non-government organisation has been set up to protect the Yangtze finless porpoise, reported Xinhua. The Yangtze Finless Porpoise Conservation Society was founded in the city of Yueyang in Hunan province....

Jade Cargo suspends services

11 January 2012
Jade Cargo, China’s first air freight joint venture, has temporarily suspended services due to undercapitalisation and weak demand in the Asia-Pacific market....

Kerry opens Zhengzhou facility

11 January 2012
Hong Kong-based Kerry Logistics is set to construct a new logistics centre in Zhengzhou, Henan province....

Paper supplier to expand capacity at Yangzhou plant

11 January 2012
Yuen Foong Yu Paper Manufacturing of Taiwan has decided to spend US$200m to add a third production line at its plant in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province. The company expects the new production line, which will boost the plant&rs...

CapitaLand in Chongqing real estate development

11 January 2012
Singapore-based real estate company CapitaLand says it will construct a mixed development project in Chongqing worth Rmb21.1bn....

Yangtze cargo throughput up 14% in 2011

11 January 2012
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that throughput of general cargo rose by 14 per cent last year to nearly 1.6bn tons and throughput of containers jumped by 23.2 per cent to...

Yangtze MSA to launch electronic patrols this year

11 January 2012
The Director of the Yangtze Maritime Safety Authority Wang Rujun announced at a working meeting on 9 January that electronic patrols will be launched officially by the end of 2012 and as much as 30 per cent of the river withi...

Transport ministry to step up safety campaign

11 January 2012
China’s Ministry of Transport has issued a circular stating that senior officials at companies that have been identified as having safety problems will have to explain themselves directly to the ministry in Beijing if i...
December 2011

Vessels at standstill on Xijiang River

21 December 2011
Shipping traffic remains paralysed along the drought-stricken Xijiang and Xiangjiang rivers in south China as authorities work to preserve drinking water for local households, reported Xinhua. On 18 December, more than 900...

Jiangsu logistics base for Chongqing Iron and Steel

21 December 2011
Chongqing Iron & Steel (Group) has completed phase one of its new logistics base in the city of Jingjiang, Jiangsu province....

Big cargo growth for Wuhan airport

21 December 2011
Wuhan Tianhe International Airport recorded an international freight volume of 1,018 tonnes in November, a rise of more than 250 per cent compared with the same month in 2010, Xinhua reported....

Etihad starts service to Chengdu

21 December 2011
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has started scheduled services between its hub in Abu Dhabi and Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province in southwest China. The service will comprise four non-...

Winds disrupt train services in Xinjiang

21 December 2011
Railway traffic in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in northwest China was disrupted when strong winds swept through the region on the morning of 20 December, stranding 19 passenger trains. The gales affected trains to the...

Taicang container throughput exceeds 3m TEU

21 December 2011
On 18 December, Deputy Minister of Transport Xu Zhuyuan attended a ceremony in Taicang to mark the first time that throughput at the city’s container terminal’s had exceeded 3m TEU....

Chongqing government provides subsidies for shipping sector

21 December 2011
Nine barge operators and freight forwarders have been awarded subsidies totalling Rmb18.55m from the Chongqing municipal government. Minsheng Shipping and Yangtze National Shipping are among the recipients....

Small cargo increase for China Eastern

14 December 2011
China Eastern Airlines’ cargo and mail throughput for November 2011 increased 1.65 per cent year-on-year to 126,900 tons....

SIA Cargo launches Chongqing service

14 December 2011
The cargo arm of Singapore Airlines, SIA Cargo, has started a twice-weekly service from Chongqing to Singapore....

SVW looks to build plant in Xinjiang

14 December 2011
German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that Shanghai Volkswagen plans to build a new car-making plant in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang autonomous region in the far northwest of China....

16 dredgers on standby in drought conditions

14 December 2011
The drought in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River is worsening following little recent rainfall in the region. As a result, low water levels have been reported Yichang, Chenglingji and Wuhan....

Vehicle and vessel tax details published

14 December 2011
The State Council recently announced more details of the new vehicle and vessel tax, according to a Xinhua story published on 13 December....

First privately built expressway completed in Sichuan

14 December 2011
A 176km expressway between Mianyang and Suining in Sichuan province went into operation on 12 December after nearly two years of construction....

Chongqing aims for $30bn overseas acquisitions by 2015

14 December 2011
According to senior officials from Chongqing Municipal Commission of State-owned Assets, the city will invest US$30bn overseas by the end of the 12th five-year period, setting up five agricultural processing centres and eight...

National fuel consumption declaration system starts operation

14 December 2011
The Ministry of Transport is to operate a fuel consumption declaration system on 15 December and companies will be able to submit statistics from 5 January....

Hunan to spend Rmb170bn over 20 years on waterways

7 December 2011
Deputy Minister of Transport Xu Zuyuan attended a Hunan provincial government work meeting on 2 December where a plan was set out to upgrade its inland waterway system within the next two decades....

Yangtze shipping continues upward trend in November

7 December 2011
The latest official statistics show that Yangtze shipping continued its robust upward trend in November....

Shiplocks reach full capacity 19 years ahead of schedule

7 December 2011
The China Yangtze Three Gorges Corporation, the company that builds and operates the Three Gorges dam and shiplocks, announced on 28 November that the cargo volume going upstream so far this year had reached 50.18m tons....

Hefei throughput set to top 50,000 TEU in 2011

7 December 2011
The port of Hefei, capital of Anhui province, has posted a throughput of 40,017 TEU since it opened on 30 December last year, reported Xinhua....

Plan for regular Chongqing-Antwerp rail service

7 December 2011
A seminar was held recently in Chongqing to promote shipper awareness of the possibility of regular, two-way commercial rail freight services between Chongqing and the Belgian port of Antwerp. Karin Duivenvoorden, head of...

ABC Airlines starts Chengdu service

7 December 2011
AirBridgeCargo Airlines, part of Volga-Dnepr Group and the largest Russian carrier in the international scheduled cargo market, has launched its fifth route to China with three scheduled freighter services a week to Chengdu A...

Strong air cargo volumes for Chongqing

7 December 2011
China Southern Airlines’ cargo service between Chongqing, Shanghai-Pudong and Amsterdam has transported 570 tonnes of cargo since it was launched on 15 September, reported Xinhua....

Central China exports up 38% in Jan-Oct

7 December 2011
Exports from China’s central region increased 37.6 per cent year-on-year to US$91.7bn in the first 10 months of 2011, according to the National Development and Reform Commission. However, this growth rate was 15 perc...

L’Oreal expands Hubei production base

7 December 2011
The France-based cosmetics giant L’Oreal plans to expand its factory in Yichang, Hubei province, into its largest cosmetics production base in Asia with an investment of Rmb200m. Covering an area of more than 70,000...

Chongqing looks to grow financial sector

7 December 2011
At a working meeting on 5 December, Chongqing municipal government approved a 12th five-year plan to develop the financial sector, according to Chongqing Commerce newspaper....

Shipping Hong Kong week

7 December 2011
A five-day event will be held early next year to promote the strengths and advantages that Hong Kong has to offer the shipping industry....
November 2011

SDRC approves plan for Nanjing dredging project

30 November 2011
The State Development and Reform Commission hosted a meeting on 21 and 22 November to evaluate a feasibility study for the first phase of what is known as the Nanjing 12.5-metre dredging project....

First train service starts from Luzhou container port

30 November 2011
On 18 November, a ceremony was held in Luzhou container port to mark the first train service from its container yard....

Central government allocates Rmb45bn to the Yangtze by 2015

30 November 2011
According to the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport, the central government has allocated Rmb45bn for Yangtze capital projects between 2011 and 2015....

River source conservation work continues

30 November 2011
Over the past six years, China has spent Rmb4.55bn on conservation work to preserve the source of the Yellow, Yangtze and Lancang rivers, a local conservation official said. The ecological conservation programme, initiated...

Rail and road cargo volumes climb in first 10 months

30 November 2011
China’s railways carried 3.27bn tonnes of cargo in the first 10 months of 2011, up 8.1 per cent year-on-year, reported Xinhua....

Chongqing-Doha flights start

30 November 2011
Direct flights between Chongqing and Doha started on 28 November, operated by Qatar Airways....

Hubei receives Rmb19bn from central government

30 November 2011
Hubei provincial people’s congress was told on 28 November that the provincial government had received a total of Rmb19.23bn from the State Development & Reform Commission as of mid-November this year....

Work starts on new energy auto zone in Wuhan

30 November 2011
Construction of the New Energy Auto Zone started on 28 November in Jiangxia district, southeast of Wuhan....

KFC and Pizza Hut deal for petrol stations

30 November 2011
Sinopec and Yum Brands, the parent company of KFC and Pizza Hut, have signed a framework agreement for the joint development of restaurants at petrol stations and highway services areas across China. Under the agreement, Y...

Defence minister visits Three Gorges shiplocks

23 November 2011
Minister of Defence Mr Liang Guanglie visited the Three Gorges Dam and its shiplocks on 14 November. This is one of the most high profile visits from the ministry to the dam in recent years....

Three Gorges Administration unveils ‘green channel’

23 November 2011
The Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs announced recently that a ‘green channel’ has been created for use by eight categories of vessel....

Nanjing Yangtze Waterway to issue Rmb300m bills

23 November 2011
Nanjing Yangtze River Waterway Engineering Bureau, under the Ministry of Transport, is to issue Rmb300m-worth of 366-day unsecured bills on the interbank market on 29 November....

New container rail service from Lianyungang to Kazakhstan

23 November 2011
China Railway Container Transport and its wholly-owned subsidiary China Railway International Multimodal Transport have jointly launched a scheduled container rail service from the coastal city of Lianyungang in Jiangsu provi...

Suzuki to build second plant in Chongqing

23 November 2011
Suzuki Motor Corporation plans to build a new car plant in Chongqing that will double the production capacity of its joint venture with Changan Automobile to 500,000 units a year, according to the Nikkei newspaper. Chongqi...

Taizhou port reaches a throughput of 100m tons

23 November 2011
The Yangtze River port of Taizhou recorded a throughput of 100m tons in the first 10 months of 2011, the first time it has reached this level in any one year according to the local maritime safety authorities....

Chongqing MSA tackles noise pollution

23 November 2011
Chongqing Maritime Safety Authorities announced on 18 November that they are taking measures to tackle the noise pollution along those sections that lie within the city proper....

Trains resume service on Beijing-Shanghai railway

16 November 2011
The 54 high-speed trains taken out of service following the fatal Wenzhou high-speed-rail crash in the summer are to resume operations shortly on the Beijing-Shanghai line once modifications have been made, Xinhua reported....

Railway investment declines 25%

16 November 2011
Investment in China’s railways in the first 10 months of 2011 fell 25 per cent year-on-year to Rmb429bn, said the Ministry of Railways....

Cathay cargo volume falls

16 November 2011
The world’s biggest cargo carrier, Cathay Pacific, reported a 17.5 per cent fall in October volumes compared with the same month last year....

PetroChina to build warehouses in Chongqing

16 November 2011
PetroChina Southwest Marketing has signed an investment framework agreement to build a non-hazardous chemicals logistics centre in Chongqing Western Logistics Park....

Three Gorges text messaging service for vessels

16 November 2011
The Three Gorges GPS vessel management system is now capable of sending text messages with a range of information useful to vessels about to pass the shiplocks, including navigational conditions, water levels and weather fore...

Yichang to invest Rmb8.2bn in Yangtze projects

16 November 2011
Yichang, the city in Hubei province that hosts both the Three Gorges and Gezhouba dams, has vowed to invest Rmb8.2bn in terminal and waterway projects in the five years to 2015 to turn the city into a regional hub. Most ve...

Chongqing leads FDI rankings for fourth straight year

16 November 2011
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Chongqing over the first 10 months of 2011 exceeded US$5bn, up 82 per cent over the same period last year, and ranking first in the country for the fourth year running....

Record 100m tons set to pass Three Gorges Dam

9 November 2011
China Yangtze Three Gorges Corporation announced recently that 90.92m tons of cargo passed through the Three Gorges Dam during the first 10 months of 2011, more than the total for the whole of last year....

Yangtze container throughput up 26.4 per cent in October

9 November 2011
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that container throughput across the Yangtze trunk line reached 1m TEU in October, up 26.4 per cent over the same period last year....

Call to increase spending on Yangtze

9 November 2011
More money needs to be spent on improving the Yangtze River’s navigability, according to Bronson Hsieh, vice-chairman of Taiwan’s Evergreen Group....

Strong container growth for Hefei

9 November 2011
Hefei river port in eastern China has recorded a container throughput of 30,971 TEU so far this year, already ahead of its annual target of 25,000 TEU, Xinhua reported. Following the opening of the port’s multi-use t...

Nantong becomes China’s 2nd largest shipbuilding centre

9 November 2011
Official statistics show that Nantong’s shipbuilding industry completed 5.31m dwt-worth of orders, totalling a record of Rmb100.5bn during the first three quarters of 2011, up 25.1 per cent year-on-year in terms of valu...

Hunan to invest Rmb170bn in inland waterways

9 November 2011
An expert panel organised by Hunan provincial government has approved a plan to invest Rmb170bn over the next 20 years in its inland waterway network including the Yangtze and one of its major tributaries, Dongting Lake....

China’s railway cargo volume up 8.1% in Jan-Oct

9 November 2011
China’s trains carried 3.26bn tonnes of cargo in the first 10 months of this year, according to Ministry of Railways’ data, an increase of 8.1 per cent year-on-year....

High-speed rail projects postponed for safety checks

9 November 2011
The Wuhan-Yichang high-speed railway, scheduled to start operation by end of November, has been postponed to allow further safety checks....

First Europe air connection for Wuhan

9 November 2011
Air France will become the first airline to offer direct flights between Wuhan and Europe....

Railway investment set to fall

9 November 2011
Investment in railway construction in China could fall to about Rmb500bn a year, according to an unnamed source quoted by China Securities Journal, down from the Rmb800bn a year proposed in a long-term plan. The amount of...

2m in Yunnan face drinking water shortages

9 November 2011
More than two million people are facing drinking water shortages in Yunnan, southwest China, due to a continued lack of rainfall, the provincial vice governor said. On 3 November, the authorities calculated 4.44bn cubic me...

Aleris plans to build second plant in Zhenjiang

9 November 2011
The US-based aluminium producer Aleris has signed a letter of intent to invest US$200m in a plant in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. The facility will make aluminium coil and sheet for the automotive sector....

Nippon Steel launches Wuhan tin plate venture

9 November 2011
Japan’s Nippon Steel has announced a 50-50 tin plate joint venture with Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Corp. The Rmb1.85bn plant is expected to start operation in the summer of 2013....

Symax to build lift plant in Wanzhou

9 November 2011
The Canada-based producer of lifts and escalators, Symax Lift (Holding), is to set up a new manufacturing facility in Wanzhou, Chongqing municipality. Construction will start this month and end in August 2013....

Shanghai-St Louis air cargo flight cancelled

2 November 2011
For the second successive week, China Cargo Airlines has cancelled a scheduled freight service from Shanghai to Lambert-St Louis, reported IFW....

Government provides funds to pay off railway workers

2 November 2011
The Ministry of Railways is expected to receive more than Rmb200bn-worth of financial support to pay off bills and continue important railway projects, reported Xinhua....

Rail cargo rises 6.4% in first three quarters

2 November 2011
China’s rail cargo increased eight per cent year-on-year to 2.93bn tonnes in the first three quarters of 2011, Xinhua reported, and by 6.4 per cent to 2,160bn tonnes per kilometre....

Chongqing-Guiyang rail expansion to be completed by 2016

2 November 2011
The capacity expansion of the railway between Chongqing and Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province, is scheduled to be completed in five years, according to the municipal government of Chongqing....

Oxea to build plant in Nanjing

2 November 2011
Germany-based chemical company Oxea is to build its first chemical plant for the production of oxo derivatives in Nanjing Chemical Industry Park....

Sinotrans Wuhu terminal project gets MOT approval

2 November 2011
The Sanshan terminal project west of Wuhu city centre on the Yangtze River has recently been approved by the Ministry of Transport....

Water level reaches 175 metres at Three Gorges Dam

2 November 2011
At 5:00pm on 30 October, the water level at the Three Gorges Dam reached its maximum of 175 metres for the second time in history, according to official reports....

Shipping suspended in lower reaches due to heavy fog

2 November 2011
Heavy fog affected the lower reaches of the Yangtze River in the early hours of 1 November. Maritime safety authorities in Nanjing, Zhenjiang and Taizhou suspended traffic at one point to avoid accidents....

SIPG post reports 9.5% drop in Q3 profit

2 November 2011
Shanghai International Port Group announced a fall in net profit of 9.52 per cent year-on-year to Rmb1.18bn in the third quarter of 2011....
October 2011

China’s glaciers melting at a faster rate

26 October 2011
Glaciers in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, the major source of the China’s largest rivers, are melting at a faster rate because of global warming, according to researchers quoted by Xinhua. Since 2005 experts have been...

Logistics expenses rise 18.7% from Jan to Sep

26 October 2011
China’s total logistics expenses grew 18.7 per cent year-on-year to Rmb5,700bn in the first nine months of 2011, mostly because of rising costs of raw materials, fuel, power and labour, and a higher interest rate, accor...

Work suspended on Shanghai metro line

26 October 2011
Shanghai has suspended work on a new metro line due to safety concerns, a month after a train collision in the city injured more than 280 people, state media reported. The move followed complaints to the municipal governme...

CDB and NDRC jointly support logistics industry

26 October 2011
China Development Bank and the National Development and Reform Commission have signed an agreement to jointly support China’s logistics industry, according to the bank’s website. The NDRC will create favourable...

Toyota to build R&D centre in Changshu

26 October 2011
Toyota Motor is investing US$689m to build an R&D centre in Changshu, Jiangsu province....

Wisco posts strong profits growth

26 October 2011
Wuhan Iron & Steel Co, one of China’s leading iron and steel makers, achieved a net profit of Rmb413.4m in the third quarter of 2011, reflecting a year-on-year increase of 24 per cent....

Changshu imports record timber volume

26 October 2011
Changshu port in Jiangsu province imported 1.502m cubic metres of timber worth US$236m during the first nine months of 2011, a record high in terms of both volume and value, according to China News Services....

Chongqing sets target to tackle poverty

26 October 2011
Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan has vowed to lift half of the municipality’s 18 poorest counties out of poverty by 2015....

Nanjing plans to build tram lines

26 October 2011
Nanjing will build its first modern tram line in time for the Youth Olympics in 2014, according to local news reports....

Landslide halts Yangtze River cruise

26 October 2011
A landslide in Chongqing municipality blocked part of the Yangtze River's navigation route on 21 October, forcing the cancellation of a river cruise, Xinhua reported local authorities as saying. The landslide happened in W...

Water level at Three Gorges Dam nears maximum

26 October 2011
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities have issued a special air draught warning as the water level at the Three Gorges Dam rose to near the maximum of 175 metres....

Zhangjiagang MSA fines agent for undeclared dangerous cargo

19 October 2011
Zhangjiagang Maritime Safety Authority penalised an international container shipping agent with a fine of Rmb30,000 on 18 October for failing to declare six containers of zinc oxide (UN code 3077), a white powder insoluble in...

Waigaoqiao Phase 6 receives official approval

19 October 2011
Vice Minister of Transport Xu Zuyuan announced on 14 October that the sixth phase of Shanghai’s Waigaoqiao terminal had been officially completed and approved for operation....

Wanzhou water level rises to near peak

19 October 2011
The water level in the Wanzhou section of the Yangtze River in Chongqing municipality reached 173.87 metres on 17 October, approaching the planned maximum storage water level of 175 metres, according to Chongqing Maritime Saf...

Maanshan posts 80 per cent rise in container throughput

19 October 2011
Official statistics show that container throughput in Maanshan Port jumped 80 per cent year-on-year to 60,619 TEU in the first nine months of 2011 and is expected to reach 80,000 TEU for the full year....

Yangtze MSA warns against overloading in middle reaches

19 October 2011
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities issued a public warning on 11 October that vessels passing the middle reaches would need separate permits as the dry season starts and as water level has fallen to as low as 3.5 metres in p...

Government help for railway projects

19 October 2011
Chinese authorities have agreed to provide financial support for major railway projects that face cash constraints, China Securities Journal reported. The move follows a policy instituted earlier in October by the Ministry...

Toll roads suffer heavy losses

19 October 2011
Most toll roads in China suffered losses last year according to traffic authorities in 16 provinces that have released financial reports on their tollways, reported China Daily. All mainland provinces, municipalities and a...

Central China’s largest expo centre opens in Wuhan

19 October 2011
Wuhan International Expo Centre opened for business on 15 October, hosting the 2011 National Auto Parts Trade Fair....

Siemens to build industrial automation plant in Chengdu

19 October 2011
Siemens is to set up an industrial automation manufacturing and R&D base in Chengdu, Sichuan province....

SOM wins contract to redesign Nanjing waterfront

19 October 2011
The Chicago-based architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has been awarded a contract to design a redevelopment of a 2km stretch of central Nanjing’s Yangtze riverfront....

Daily Maersk service raises hopes of improved barge services

12 October 2011
Maersk’s newly-launched service Daily Maersk on the Asia-Europe route has given hope to large manufacturers such as Wuhan-based TPV Technology that their call for more reliable barge services on the Yangtze River will g...

Water level at Three Gorges Dam nears target

12 October 2011
On 10 October, the water level at the Three Gorges Dam reached 170 metres, only five metres below the target of 17 5 metres....

Port construction levy reduced by 20 per cent

12 October 2011
China’s port construction levy, now collected by local maritime safety authorities rather than port authorities as before, will be reduced by 20 per cent, according to the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry...

Zhenjiang port reports 25% increase in throughput

12 October 2011
Statistics from Zhenjiang Maritime Safety Authority show that for the first nine months of the year, cargo throughput in Zhenjiang port went up by 25 per cent year-on-year to 82.71m tons....

Increase in freight handled by major Chinese ports

12 October 2011
China’s main ports handled 768.9m tonnes of freight in August, up 11.2 per cent year-on-year, according to Ministry of Transport statistics....

US port official says port competition in China could harm environment

12 October 2011
The president and CEO of the San Diego Unified Port District told a logistics conference in Nanjing that competition among China’s many river and sea ports could ruin the environment and reduce economies of scale due to...

Cathay starts Chengdu freighter service

12 October 2011
Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific is launching a scheduled freighter service between the SAR and Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province....

Railway cargo volume up 8% in Jan-Sept

12 October 2011
The amount of cargo carried by China’s railways increased 8 per cent year-on-year in the first nine months of 2011 to 2.92bn tonnes....

China pledges to better regulate toll ways

12 October 2011
Responding to public criticism about high toll fees, China’s transport minister has called for better regulation and more transparent operation of the country’s toll ways, reported Xinhua....

AstraZeneca to build new plant in Taizhou

12 October 2011
AstraZeneca, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, is to invest US$200m to build a new manufacturing facility in Taizhou, Jiangsu province....

Navigation rules changed between major dams

5 October 2011
The Three Gorges Administration, in charge of navigational affairs between the Three Gorges Dam and Gezhouba Dam, has decided to adopt the normal traffic lane system at the end of this year’s flood season....

Yangtze throughput rises in September

5 October 2011
Official statistics show that throughput of general cargo on the Yangtze trunk line rose by nearly 14 per cent year-on-year to 132m tons in September, while container throughput increased nearly 20 per cent to 970,000 TEU....

Chongqing-Lanzhou railway to open in 2014

5 October 2011
A railway connecting southwest China’s Chongqing and the northwestern city of Lanzhou in Gansu province will be opened to traffic in 2014, Xinhua reported....

High pollutant levels found in fish off Guangdong

5 October 2011
Much of the seafood from the waters off Guangdong province in south China is contaminated, according to tests reported by Yangcheng Evening News....

Guaranteed water level to rise between Nanjing and Wuhu

5 October 2011
Deputy Minister of Transport Xu Zuyuan announced on 28 September that the minimum guaranteed water level in the 101km section between Nanjing and Wuhu will be raised from 9.0 metres to 10.5 metres in the flood season and from...
September 2011

China port throughput continues to rise

28 September 2011
China’s container throughput in the first eight months of this year rose 12.6 per cent from a year ago to 106.8m TEU, reported Shanghai Daily. Domestic ports handled dry bulk cargo of 770m tonnes between January and...

K+N opens new China branches

28 September 2011
Kuehne + Nagel has opened new branches in Fuzhou, Wuxi, Zhengzhou, Taicang, Yangzhou and Yinchuan....

Shanghai-Missouri air cargo service launched

28 September 2011
Air cargo services have begun between Shanghai and the US Midwestern state of Missouri. The first Boeing 777 on the route landed at St....

Sinoair signs deal to develop Chongqing airport

28 September 2011
Chongqing Airport Group has signed a cooperation heads of agreement with domestic freight forwarder Sinotrans Air Transportation Development (Sinoair) to develop Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport into a major logistics...

Central region to be opened up further

28 September 2011
China will further open up its central region to foreign investment, said Vice-Premier Wang Qishan at a business event in Taiyuan, Shanxi province....

PetroChina to produce shale gas in Sichuan

28 September 2011
PetroChina hopes to produce 1bn cubic metres of shale gas in 2015 from Sichuan basin in southwest China, a company executive said, giving the country its first major commercial production of shale gas....

Wuhan to turn Yangluo into major shipping centre by 2015

28 September 2011
Wuhan government officials have vowed to speed up investment in infrastructure to turn Yangluo terminal into the shipping centre of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River by 2015....

Maanshan section of National Highway 205 to be renovated

28 September 2011
Work has just begun on the renovation of the Maanshan section of National Highway 205, according to China Transport News....

Zhangjiagang receives first sawn log vessel from Gabon

28 September 2011
The Yangtze port of Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu province received China’s first vessel carrying sawn logs from the Gabonese Republic on 26 September. It was carrying 8,900 cubic metres of sawn logs, worth US$6.42m....

Steps taken to reduce river traffic build-up in Wuhan

28 September 2011
Reports from the Yangtze River Administration show that shipping conditions at the intersection of the Yangtze and its tributary the Hanjiang River, continue to deteriorate....

MoT sets emission reduction targets for shipping industry

28 September 2011
The Ministry of Transport issued a comprehensive plan on 28 September for the shipping industry to reduce emissions by 2015....

Keppel to develop Wuhu terminal

28 September 2011
Keppel Telecommunications and Transportation has signed an agreement with Sinotrans to jointly develop and operate a river terminal in Wuhu, Anhui province. The 50-50 joint venture marks Keppel T&T’s first port p...

Strong demand on DHL’s Mongolian rail service

22 September 2011
DHL’s direct rail service between Mongolia and China is now operating on a scheduled basis as a result of strong customer demand since it was launched at the end of May 2011, reports Yangtze Business Services. The Ge...

TNT integrates Asian road services

22 September 2011
TNT Express has announced the successful integration of its Chinese day-definite domestic road network with its Asia road network covering Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore....

Chongqing to build 11 yachting centres by 2015

22 September 2011
The deputy director of Chongqing Port Authority, Yang Dalun, told a leisure industry conference recently that Chongqing government plans to build 11 yachting centres by the end of the current five-year planning period....

Emergency measures imposed on Wuhan river traffic

22 September 2011
Heavy rainfall levels have prompted the Yangtze Maritime Authority to implement an emergency measure of single lane operations at the intersection of the Yangtze River and its largest tributary, the Hanjiang....

Rains force Three Gorges Dam to release more water

21 September 2011
Heavy rainfall in the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze is causing a rapid rise of water levels in the trunk line and its tributaries, according to Xinhua....

Floods affect thousands in southwest China

21 September 2011
Torrential rain in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River damaged thousands of houses and affected more than 235,000 people in Chongqing municipality....

Ship owners set up Liquid DG Transport Committee

21 September 2011
The Yangtze Ship Owners’ Association, part of the China Ship Owners’ Association, has set up a Liquid Dangerous Goods Transport Committee in an attempt to improve self regulation, according to officials from the Y...

Surge in Guangxi’s foreign trade

21 September 2011
Customs in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region handled 37.1m tonnes of imports and exports in the first six months of this year, 23.7 per cent more than in the same period of 2010, Xinhua reported....

Tianjin signs deal to open Xian inland port

21 September 2011
Tianjin Port Group and Xian International Trade & Logistics Park have set up a joint venture to function as an inland port, reported Xinhua....

DHL opens five new branch offices

21 September 2011
DHL Global Forwarding is to open five new branch offices in China, two of which are in the country’s interior: Zhengzhou in Henan province and Taiyuan in Shanxi province....

Chongqing to build Luoqi deepwater terminal

14 September 2011
Transport officials from Chongqing’s Yubei district government plan to build Luoqi deepwater terminal within the 12th five-year plan period (2011-15) to facilitate economic growth in the area, according to China Water T...

Shanghai container throughput up 6.2%

14 September 2011
Shanghai port increased its container throughput in August by 6.2 per cent year-on-year, according to statistics from Shanghai International Port (Group)....

Maersk to start ‘conveyor belt’ Asia-Europe service

14 September 2011
Maersk Line is to start a daily Asia-Europe service from 24 October and will try to avoid cutting rates despite its market forecast that freight rates would remain under pressure for the next year, reported Reuters. The se...

Hunan ferry accident kills 12

14 September 2011
Twelve people died after a ferry sank in the Fuyi River in the central province of Hunan, and 20 were injured. Shaoyang county government stated that 50 people were aboard the vessel when the accident occurred on 9 Septemb...

Five Yangtze cities among 12 shipbuilding export centres

14 September 2011
The Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Industry and Information announced on 5 September a list of 12 state-designated shipbuilding export centres in China....

DHL cautious on return to China domestic market

14 September 2011
After deciding to exit China’s domestic express delivery business in June this year, DHL Express said it could take some time before it returns to the market, reported Cargonews Asia....

New Chongqing railway station to open in 2015

14 September 2011
Chongqing West railway station should be completed at the end of 2015, according to a municipal website, with construction due to begin in 2013....

Southwest China to receive drought-relief funds

14 September 2011
The central government has allocated Rmb1.3bn to help with drought-relief efforts in China’s southwest regions, the Ministry of Finance stated....

Chongqing aims to invest US$30bn overseas by 2015

7 September 2011
Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan called on the city’s businesses, both private and state-owned, to seize opportunities in the current worldwide economic downturn by investing overseas to supply the domestic consumer market....

Vessel operator punished for false draught information

7 September 2011
A recent circular from the Three Gorges Administration said that a vessel named Hong Kui 6 has been blacklisted for having a larger draught than stated in its documents....

Guangxi river traffic totals 37m tonnes in H1

7 September 2011
Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region recorded a 130 per cent growth in port throughput to 107m tonnes in the first half of 2011, Xinhua reported....

Cosco to merge dry bulk units

7 September 2011
Cosco Group said it plans to merge three of its dry bulk freight units − Cosco Bulk Carrier, Cosco Hong Kong Shipping and Qingdao Ocean Shipping....

Bulk commodity focus for Shanghai

7 September 2011
Shanghai plans a fourfold increase in its storage area for bulk commodities at bonded warehouses to 200,000 sq metres as it strives to become a top bulk commodity trading centre in the Asia-Pacific region. That area is sim...

Railway cargo volumes grow 7.8% in Jan-August

7 September 2011
Cargo volumes on China’s railway network grew 7.8 per cent year-on-year to 2.6bn tonnes in the first eight months of 2011. Some 1.49bn tonnes of coal were transported between January and August, 12.8 per cent more th...

Problems found with high-speed rolling stock

7 September 2011
China’s high-speed railways experienced 168 problems in July, according to an internal Ministry of Railways report, of which 106 related to the quality of rolling stock. 21st Century Business Herald reported that hig...

Gansu chemical spill blocks major railway

7 September 2011
A chemical spill on national highway 316 caused the suspension for several hours of services on the Gansu section of the Longhai railway, reported China Daily. The Ministry of Railways said that a tank truck spilled silico...

Evergreen sets up logistics bases in Chongqing

7 September 2011
Evergreen Group of Taiwan has signed an agreement with Minsheng Shipping to jointly establish integrated logistics projects in Chongqing Liangjiang New Area, according to a municipal government website. Two modern logistic...

Europe-Zhengzhou air cargo service begins

7 September 2011
Scheduled air cargo services have started for the first time between Europe and Zhengzhou, capital of the northern province of Henan, reported Xinhua....

Cuntan container terminal set to increase transhipments

7 September 2011
The start of shuttle services between Chongqing Cuntan, Luzhou and Yibing is expected to raise the proportion of Chongqing’s transhipments to at least 30 per cent, according to officials from Chongqing Municipal Commiss...

Middle reaches experience early dry season

7 September 2011
The water level of the Yangtze River in Shashi, Jingzhou city in Hubei province, fell to as low as 2.14 metres on 29 August, well below the 2.5-metre benchmark that officially marks the start of the dry season....

Wuhan to connect to two gas pipelines

7 September 2011
The Hubei branch of the National Development and Reform Commission has approved plans to connect the provincial capital Wuhan to two of China’s cross-national natural gas pipelines....
August 2011

Campaign starts to select best Yangtze vessels

31 August 2011
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport will start a campaign from September to select the best vessel models on the Yangtze, according to sources who attended the latest meeting of the Yangtze Vessel...

Gezhouba Dam maintenance work completed

31 August 2011
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities issued a circular on 29 August saying that operations have returned to normal following the completion of maintenance work on the No.1 shiplock of the Gezhouba Dam....

Yangtze cruises get official attention

31 August 2011
The heavy investment in China’s road and rail infrastructure over recent years has greatly reduced the role of the Yangtze as a means of transporting passengers, but leisure cruising has developed fast, according to the...

Guangxi’s river ports to be upgraded

31 August 2011
Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region aims to quadruple the throughput of its river ports to 150m tonnes by 2015, according to local government sources....

More money for urban light rail

31 August 2011
China will invest about Rmb1,270bn to build subways and light rail lines during the current five-year plan ending in 2015 to ease traffic congestion and accelerate urban development, China Securities Journal reported. The...

Chemical dumping probed in Yunnan

31 August 2011
The Ministry of Environmental Protection is investigating a chemical company’s alleged dumping of carcinogenic industrial chemicals into water systems in Yunnan province....

Drought affects southwest China

31 August 2011
Drought conditions since early July in southwest China’s Guizhou province have created a water shortage for 5.5m people and 2.8m livestock, local authorities said....

Chinese carrier starts Shanghai-Dallas service

31 August 2011
Air China Cargo has begun a service between Dallas/Fort Worth in the US and Shanghai, reported Aircargo News....

Nanjing airport raises security level

31 August 2011
Local media reported that Nanjing airport has raised its security level by two grades at the request of the national civil aviation authority....

UPS to open branch in Zhengzhou

31 August 2011
United Parcel Service, the US-based package delivery company, will open a new branch in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province, according to Xinhua. UPS will also work with the local government in its attempts to build Zheng...

Logistics market grows 13.6% in first 7 months

31 August 2011
The market size of China’s logistics industry totalled Rmb88,200bn in the first seven months of 2011, 13.6 per cent more than in the same period last year, according to a report from the National Development and Reform...

Jiangsu’s economy up 11.4% in H1

31 August 2011
The GDP of Jiangsu province in east China grew 11.4% year-on-year to Rmb2,290bn in the first half of 2011, according to Jiangsu Statistics Bureau....

EVA buys Chongqing auto die company

31 August 2011
Hong Kong-listed EVA Precision Industrial Holdings has acquired the automotive moulds company Digidie System International (Chongqing)....

Tongling port to build 10,000dwt berth

24 August 2011
The Ministry of Transport has recently approved Tongling’s plan to build its first berth capable of accommodating vessels of 10,000 dwt....

Maintenance of Gezhouba shiplock creates logjam

24 August 2011
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport says that the suspension of the No.1 shiplock of the Gezhouba dam is causing severe queues upstream of the Three Gorges and downstream of Gezhouba....

Port investment set to fall in coming years

24 August 2011
Weak demand in the US and Europe could significantly reduce investment in China’s ports during the current five-year plan, according to Chinese officials reported by South China Morning Post....

Controls tightened on DG vessels due to hot weather

24 August 2011
Officials from the Yangtze MSA have stepped up the number of on-board checks on vessels carrying dangerous cargo in recent days because of the high temperatures, according to the Yangtze River Administration....

Vessel collision kills one in Shanghai

24 August 2011
A 13,000-ton cargo ship collided with a sand barge in Pudong New Area harbour on 24 August, killing a crew member and sinking the smaller vessel....

Nanjing metro line damaged by storm

24 August 2011
Storms damaged part of the track of Nanjing’s No.2 metro line, creating chaos at around 3pm on 22 August, according to China News Service....

Yangtze survey centre completes mapping training

24 August 2011
According to a story published on 23 August by China Transport News, the Yangtze Waterway Survey Centre has recently completed all training courses for the Yangtze Digital Mapping System, an indication that the centre has acq...

All high-speed railway lines to be inspected

24 August 2011
China plans to inspect all of its high-speed railway lines following a crash last month in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, which killed 40 people. The month-long inspections of 49 projects and 6,000km of lines will last until...

Russian cargo carrier starts services to Zhengzhou

24 August 2011
AirBridgeCargo, Russia’s largest scheduled all-cargo carrier, has launched a three-times a week Boeing 747-400 freighter service to Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province. The company already operates routes from Beiji...

New HK-Chongqing air service

24 August 2011
Hong Kong Airlines is to start daily direct flights between Chongqing and Hong Kong from 1 September, raising the total number of direct flights between the two cities to three a day....

Kerry opens Hefei auto logistics centre

24 August 2011
Hong Kong-based Kerry Logistics has opened a 20,000 sq metre logistics centre in Hefei to service the growing automotive industry sector in Anhui province....

Floods cause disruption in Hubei

24 August 2011
Heavy rains have caused serious disruption in Hubei, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief office. Rain-triggered landslides and floods in Xingshan county in the city of Yichang led to the destructio...

RGE to invest in Chongqing paper plant

24 August 2011
Singapore-based resource development company RGE has signed an agreement to invest Rmb20bn in a paper production plant in Chongqing....

Yangtze’s largest Ro-Ro barge sets sail from Wuhan

17 August 2011
The largest Ro-Ro barge on the Yangtze, capable of carrying 1,300 passenger cars, started its maiden voyage on 12 August from Wuhan and was expected to reach Chongqing five days later, according to Wuhan Morning News....

Gezhouba Dam suspension expected to create traffic jam

17 August 2011
Operation of the No.1 shiplock at the Gezhouba Dam in Yichang, Hubei province, will remain suspended for 20 days until midnight on 29 August, according to the Three Gorges Administration....

Anqing port approved for direct services to Taiwan

17 August 2011
The China Waterway Newspaper said on 15 August that Anqing port had recently received approval from the central government to start direct shipping services to Taiwan....

Chongqing expects capacity to reach 7m TEU by 2015

17 August 2011
Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan called on his officials attending a meeting of the city’s water transport development taskforce on 11 August to speed up investment in the city’s waterways so as to turn the city into a...

Yunnan invests in shipping capacity

17 August 2011
The southwest province of Yunnan plans to increase its shipping lane length to 4,000km by 2015, reported Xinhua, to promote waterway connections between China and countries in Southeast Asia and South Asia. The province ha...

Logistics firms expand warehousing capacity

17 August 2011
Kerry Logistics has begun second-phase construction of its Chongqing logistics centre, with work due to be completed in the first quarter of 2013....

Safety checks increased after fatal train crash

17 August 2011
China’s State Council has ordered increased safety checks after a fatal train collision in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, on 23 July killed 40 people....

Quanta starts building plant in Chongqing

17 August 2011
Zhanyun Electronic, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Taiwan’s Quanta Group, has started construction of a laptop chassis plant in Chongqing’s Bishan Industrial Park, according to a local government website. Phase o...
July 2011

Water level raised in Nanjing-Wuhu section

20 July 2011
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport has announced that the official guaranteed water level in the Yangtze trunk line between Nanjing and Wuhu has been raised by 1.5 metres as from midnight on 15 J...

Nanchang posts 22% container growth in first six months

20 July 2011
The port of Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi province, reported an increase of 21.9 per cent in container throughput to 28,872 TEU during the first half of 2011....

Air cargo volume falls in first half

20 July 2011
China’s air cargo volume fell 0.4 per cent year-on-year to 2.66m tonnes in the first half of 2011, according to statistics from the Civil Administration of China. Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific and its subsidiary Dra...

Yunnan highway collapses two days after opening

20 July 2011
A new highway in Yunnan province collapsed at the end of last month just two days after it opened to traffic, reported China Daily....

Traffic jam reappears on northern highway

20 July 2011
A traffic jam stretching nearly 100km has reappeared on an expressway in north Inner Mongolia autonomous region following similar problems last year, reported Xinhua. The severe congestion occurred as reconstruction and ex...

Kerry acquires two Chinese companies

20 July 2011
Hong Kong-based Kerry Logistics has acquired controlling stakes in two Chinese logistics companies, Shanghai Huicheng Logistics and Shanghai Wisdom Group, for an undisclosed sum....

Sichuan’s GDP rises 14.5% in H1

20 July 2011
The gross domestic product of Sichuan province in southwest China grew 14.5 per cent year-on-year to Rmb930bn in the first half of 2011, according to the provincial statistics bureau. Twenty-eight of the 31 provinces on th...

Chongqing metro to open this month

20 July 2011
Chongqing Metro Line 1 is scheduled to begin carrying passengers from the end of this month....

Foreign trade and FDI soar in Chongqing

20 July 2011
The value of Chongqing’s imports and exports totalled US$9.15bn in the first half of 2011, up 78 per cent on the same period of 2010, according to municipal customs data....

Yangtze authorities issue navigation alert

13 July 2011
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities have issued an urgent warning that the Yangtze has entered its full flooding season following a surge in water volumes in the upper reaches since end of June....

Taicang receives largest ever vessel

13 July 2011
The Wisco terminal in Taicang, Jiangsu province, received its largest ever bulk carrier on 1 July....

Nanjing cluster aims for integrated transport system

13 July 2011
Senior government officials from Nanjing and its neighbouring cities Maanshan, Chuzhou, Wuhu, Caohu, Yangzhou, Zhenjiang and Huaian gathered at a summit on 12 July to agree new plans to build an integrated transport system....

Companies to be paid for cutting transport emissions

13 July 2011
China is to allocate funds to promote energy saving and emission reductions in road and waterway transport in the next five years, according to a document jointly released by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Transp...

Greenpeace accuses Chinese firms of river pollution

13 July 2011
The environmental campaign group Greenpeace has accused major Chinese textile companies of discharging harmful chemicals into the country’s major water systems, reported The Guardian....

Railway cargo traffic rises 6.6% in June

13 July 2011
China’s rail cargo transportation volume averaged 10.67m tonnes a day in June, representing a year-on-year growth of 6.6 per cent, according to the Ministry of Railways. The fastest growth rate in the country was rep...

Shanghai-Chongqing IT container rail service to start 28 July

13 July 2011
A special IT container rail service will start on 28 July between Shanghai and Chongqing, reported Chongqing Commerce....

Power failures halt Beijing-Shanghai railway

13 July 2011
Power losses have caused two serious disruptions to the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway since the service began operations on 30 June. On 10 July thunderstorms disrupted the electrical supply to the railway’s Quf...

TNT confident of future China growth

13 July 2011
The Netherlands-based international express delivery company TNT is striving to increase its share of China’s road delivery market, a senior executive told China Daily. Marie-Christine Lombard, CEO of TNT Express, sa...

Fourteen die in Wuhan warehouse blaze

13 July 2011
Fourteen people, including three children, were killed in a warehouse fire in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, reported Xinhua. A spokesman for the fire brigade said most of the victims were trapped on the second-floor of t...

Road crash kills 26 in Hubei

13 July 2011
Twenty-six people were killed when a bus and truck collided on the Xiantao section of the Suizhou-Yueyang expressway in Hubei province, reported Xinhua....

Hubei imports surge in 2011

13 July 2011
Hubei province recorded a year-on-year increase of 114 per cent in its trade cargo volume in the first five months of 2011 to 9.75m tonnes, Xinhua reported....

Subsidies for Cuntan terminal users

6 July 2011
Chongqing Port and Logistics Group, the parent of Cuntan container terminal, announced recently that starting from 1 July the local government would provide subsidies for all freight forwarders and barge operators using the t...

Yangtze MSA starts ‘electronic patrol’ in Wuhu section

6 July 2011
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities launched its ‘electronic patrol’ in Wuhu on 30 June....

Yangtze throughput rises in June

6 July 2011
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that throughput of general cargo increased by 10.7 per cent year-on-year in June 2011 to 134m tons, while container throughput rose by near...

Slump in Zhangjiagang coal imports

6 July 2011
Statistics from Zhangjiagang Quarantine and Inspection Bureau show that the first six months of the year saw a total of 172,000 tons of imported coal worth US$44.31m, a sharp drop of 81 per cent and 66 per cent respectively o...

Three Gorges Dam sees first flood of the year

6 July 2011
The Three Gorges Dam recorded its first flood of 2011 on 30 June, according to a Xinhua report....

Capacity upgrade for Liujiang River

6 July 2011
A capacity upgrade project on the Liujiang River has been completed, according to Xinhua, enabling 500-tonne vessels to access the waterway to Liuzhou city, in southeast China’s Guangxi autonomous region....

Vehicle tax raises Rmb140bn for transport projects

6 July 2011
China has allocated Rmb139.45bn from revenues derived from the vehicle purchase tax to fund key transport projects, said the Ministry of Finance....

DHL pulls out of domestic express service

6 July 2011
DHL Express has sold its entire 50 per cent stake in DHL-Sinotrans International Air Courier to Shenzhen-based Uni-top Industry, according to various sources. The joint venture company will now focus on international servi...

Helsinki-Chongqing flights to begin next year

6 July 2011
Finnair is to start flights to Chongqing from May 2012. The carrier plans to fly the route four times a week, operating an Airbus A340 aircraft....

Taiwan company in lead poisoning probe

6 July 2011
Richun Battery Co in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, has found itself in the media spotlight over the past week as it planned to relocate its plant to Vietnam by the end of this year....

Official opening for Chongqing-Duisberg rail service

6 July 2011
A cargo train service between Chongqing and the German city of Duisberg has been launched officially after three test runs since March last year....

Keyboard manufacturer builds Chongqing plant

6 July 2011
Chicony Electronics of Taiwan has begun to build a Rmb2.8bn production base in Chongqing’s Shuangfu New Area. It will mainly produce keyboards, camera modules and other consumer electronic products....
June 2011

SIPG cautious on Yangtze investments

29 June 2011
After years of heavy spending in terminals and related infrastructure along the Yangtze River, Shanghai International Port (Group) is to take a more cautious approach to future investment, reported South China Morning Post....

Zhenjiang receives largest foreign vessel

29 June 2011
The port of Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province recently accommodated its largest ever foreign cargo ship....

Shanghai container volumes to increase 10% a year

29 June 2011
Volumes at Shanghai port are expected to grow about 10 per cent annually over the next five years as more manufacturers shift plants to inland China to take advantage of lower labour costs, Bloomberg reported....

Testing time for Beijing-Shanghai line

29 June 2011
An official test run of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway passed off smoothly just a few days before the line is opened to the public on the eve of the 90th anniversary of the 1 July founding of China’s Communist...

Air ticket prices slashed to compete with trains

29 June 2011
Airlines operating services between Beijing, Shanghai and cities between the two cities have been scrambling for ways to prevent passengers from moving to the new high-speed line that will start operation on 30 June, reported...

Chongqing air freight rises nearly four-fold in first five months

29 June 2011
Imported and exported cargo passing through Chongqing airport increased 391 per cent year-on-year in the first five months of 2011. The airport now has 30 cargo flights taking off and landing on average every week, includi...

Kerry starts building Wuxi logistics centre

29 June 2011
Kerry Logistics, the Hong Kong-based logistics service provider, has started construction of a 26,000 sq metre logistics centre in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, reported Cargonews Asia....

Ministries develop intermodal models

29 June 2011
China’s ministries of transport and railways gathered some of the country’s major port groups, shipping lines, rail container companies and research institutes in Beijing on 24 June to discuss how to proceed with...

Qinghai-Tibet line to be western China’s railway hub

29 June 2011
Deputy General Manager Miao Xiaohua of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Corporation was quoted recently by Xinhua news agency as saying that the Qinghai-Tibet line will become the rail hub of China’s west within the next five...

Yangtze tributaries get first-ever upgrade

22 June 2011
Two waterways – the Taipingfu and Yuxikou – located between Wuhu and Maanshan in Anhui province will become part of the Yangtze trunk line network from 1 October, according to Mr Tang Guanjun, Director of Yangtze...

Yangtze middle reaches open to ocean vessels again

22 June 2011
Recent rain storms have raised the water level in the middle reaches of the Yangtze to such an extent that the waterway authorities re-opened the shipping channel between Wuhan and Chenglingji to ocean-going vessels from 20 J...

Hydropower plants will double output of Three Gorges Dam

22 June 2011
Four planned hydroelectric power stations being built on the Jinsha River will be capable of producing twice as much power as the Three Gorges Dam, according to The China Three Gorges Corporation. The company said the four...

New campaign to reform tollway system

22 June 2011
The Chinese government has responded to widespread criticism of the nation’s tollway system by starting a campaign to remove unauthorised tollbooths and close those that collect fees after the authorised period has expi...

Zhangjiagang air passenger terminal opens for business

22 June 2011
Zhangjiagang air passenger terminal opened for business in May. This is the first county-level terminal to be established by Wuxi Xunan International airport....

Kerry builds new facility in Xiamen

22 June 2011
Hong Kong-based logistics services provider Kerry Logistics has begun construction of a 42,600 sq metre logistics centre in Xiamen, Fujian province....

Jiangsu party officials pledge to increase happiness

22 June 2011
The Standing Committee of the Communist Party of Jiangsu province has approved an ambitious programme to double income for residents and improve their sense of happiness and satisfaction....

Panalpina expands Wuhan office

22 June 2011
The international forwarding and logistics services provider Panalpina has opened a second branch office in Wuhan, Hubei province....

Wuhan constructs China’s largest electric bus production base

22 June 2011
According to officials of Wuhan Reform and Development Commission, the country’s largest electric bus production base is being built in the city’s Hannan district....

Wuhan skyscraper design unveiled

22 June 2011
The design for the world’s third tallest building has been revealed in Wuhan, Hubei province. The Wuhan Greenland Center, developed by the Shanghai-based Greenland Group and designed by the US-based Adrian Smith and...

Chinese companies to launch Rmb20bn logistics fund in Chongqing

22 June 2011
Agricultural Bank of China and HNA Group, the parent of Hainan Airlines, will set up a Rmb20bn logistics industry fund in Chongqing municipality, said Xiang Junbo, chairman of the state-owned bank. According to domestic me...

AT&S builds major hi-tech plant in Chongqing

22 June 2011
Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik (AT&S), the largest printed circuit board producer in Europe, has started construction of a US$620m plant in Chongqing’s Yufu Industrial Park, Liangjiang New Area....

Investment in Yangtze will exceed Rmb150bn in next five years

15 June 2011
Minister of Transport Li Shenglin said at the third meeting of the Yangtze Shipping Development and Coordination Task Force on 13 June that China will spend Rmb150bn in the next five years to 2015....

Jiangsu wins vessel standardisation award

15 June 2011
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport has recently awarded Jiangsu province the title of ‘the most effective promoter of the Yangtze vessel standardisation programme in 2010’....

MSA issues warning about difficult sailing conditions

15 June 2011
Maritime safety authorities warned on 15 June that the dramatic change from drought to flood season will affect visibility, currents, the waterway and water levels, and all vessel operators were urged to be extra vigilant whe...

Heavy rains cause mass evacuations

15 June 2011
Torrential rain has hit the central and southern provinces of Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Zhejiang and Anhui, reported China Daily....

China placed fourth in transport investment table

15 June 2011
Developing countries will have difficulty in attracting transport infrastructure investment until they give more reassurance to investors, according to a study conducted by the UK-based consultancy EC Harris....

China Southern to invest in freight sector

15 June 2011
China Southern Airlines will join rivals Air China and China Eastern Airlines in establishing its own freight forwarding subsidiary, reported Aircargo News. Si Xianmin, chairman of China Southern, said the company will hav...

Special fund to support transport projects

15 June 2011
China’s central government has allocated Rmb32.06bn to set up a special fund to support major transportation projects across the country, reported Xinhua....

Ticket prices set for Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line

15 June 2011
The Chinese authorities have unveiled ticket prices for the high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai, due to be launched later this month....

Speeds to be reduced on high-speed lines

15 June 2011
From 1 July several high-speed railway lines, including those linking Wuhan and Guangzhou, Zhengzhou and Xian, and Shanghai and Nanjing, will reduce train speeds from 350kph to 300kph....

State Council intervenes to reduce logistics costs

15 June 2011
China’s State Council has issued eight measures to reduce costs and improve efficiency in the logistics sector....

Foreign trade up 79% in Chongqing

15 June 2011
Chongqing’s foreign trade totalled US$7.4bn in the first five months of 2011, an increase of 79 per cent year-on-year, according to local government statistics. This was the second highest growth rate in China....

Wuhan aims for more reliable Yangshan shuttle service

8 June 2011
Wuhan city government announced on 1 June eight measures aimed at making the Wuhan-Yangshan shuttle service more reliable for shippers....

Oil barge fleet hits Wuhan bridge

8 June 2011
At 6:50am on 6 June, a 12,000dwt oil barge fleet sailing downstream from Yueyang to Nanjing collided with the Wuhan No.1 Yangtze Bridge in heavy fog, causing a 1.5-metre long and 0.5-metre deep dent in its No.7 pier....

Zhenjiang receives largest vessel

8 June 2011
Under the guidance of a senior pilot from the Yangtze Piloting Centre, Hong Kong-registered Rosco Banyan became the largest vessel ever to arrive at Zhenjiang port on 30 May....

Yangshan volume to grow by 40%

8 June 2011
The throughput volume of Shanghai’s Yangshan terminal will grow by at least 40 per cent, said Wang Xuan, general manager of Yangshan Tongsheng Port Construction, the company in charge of the terminal’s design and...

Heavy rains bring misery and some relief

8 June 2011
Torrential rains in recent days have brought relief to the drought-plagued regions along the Yangtze River, but have brought with them several instances of flooding....

Yunnan on track to build 40 rail freight stations

8 June 2011
Yunnan provincial government is going all out to building a modern rail freight network, according to Xinhua news agency. Of the planned 40 rail freight stations, 17 have already been completed....

Real-name tickets for high-speed trains

8 June 2011
China has started selling named high-speed train tickets across the country in an effort to improve railway security and eliminate ticket touting. Passengers must show proper identification, such as passports or residence...

Sanya-Chongqing-Urumqi service launched

8 June 2011
China Southern Airlines has launched a service between Sanya and Urumqi via Chongqing....

Chongqing develops major road logistics facility

8 June 2011
Chongqing’s Banan district plans to develop west China’s largest road logistics facility so as to cement the municipality’s status as a regional logistics hub, Xinhua reported. The Rmb 30bn Chongqing Road...

Heavy rainfall expected in Yangtze region

1 June 2011
Serious drought persists in the Yangtze region but weather forecasts predict medium to heavy rainfall between 3 and 7 June in the middle and lower reaches of the river....

Losses rise among Chinese shipbuilders

1 June 2011
Statistics from China Shipbuilders Association show that 313 out of 1,519 major shipbuilding companies in China were in red during the first quarter of 2011, three more than in the same period last year....

Public transport is a top priority, says Premier Wen

1 June 2011
Premier Wen Jiabao has told a group of young model workers visiting Beijing’s Zhongnanhai that public transport should be the government’s first priority in planning urban transport infrastructure....

Transport infrastructure spending set to increase

1 June 2011
China plans to spend Rmb6,200bn on upgrading its transportation infrastructure during the 12th five-year plan (2011-15), said Sun Guoqing, director of the Ministry of Transport’s comprehensive planning department....

Chengdu-Tokyo flights to start on 20 June

1 June 2011
All Nippon Airways is to start direct flights between Tokyo and Chengdu, according to Shinichiro Ito, President and CEO of Japan’s largest carrier....

Sinoma builds quartz crucible plant in Chengdu

1 June 2011
China National Materials Group or Sinoma, the parent company of China National Materials, has started construction of a major quartz crucible project in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province....

Acer begins Chongqing laptop production

1 June 2011
Acer’s first made-in-Chongqing laptop was produced on 26 May, according to a municipal government website....

Chongqing police boss gets promotion

1 June 2011
Chongqing’s head of police, Wang Lijun, has been promoted to deputy mayor of the municipality....

Deadline approaches for Chongqing conference

1 June 2011
Registration for Euromoney’s Chongqing: Gateway to Western China conference on 14-15 June will close on 8 June. The line-up of speakers for the event is nearly complete....

Chongqing aims to become top data processing centre

1 June 2011
The director of Chongqing Municipal Commission for Industries and Information, Mu Huaping, said that the city aims to become one of the world’s most important data processing centres with the help of cloud computing....
May 2011

Yangtze water level recovers but drought persists

25 May 2011
The Yangtze River Administration claims that the water level in the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze is recovering thanks to the emergency release of water from the Three Gorges Reservoir....

Luxury Yangtze cruise starts maiden voyage

25 May 2011
The maiden voyage of what is claimed to be the world’s most luxurious inland cruise ship started from Chongqing on 22 May. The Yangtze River Gold No....

Major problems found at Three Gorges Dam

25 May 2011
The operator of the Three Gorges Dam plans to overhaul its finances after a government audit found that the world’s largest hydroelectric project faces urgent environmental, geologic and economic problems. China Thre...

Railway projects halted by environment ministry

25 May 2011
The Chinese government has halted two railway projects in the north of the country, reported China Daily....

DHL opens rail service to Mongolia

25 May 2011
The global express transportation group DHL has launched a scheduled rail freight service between Tianjin and Ulan Bator in Mongolia....

MAN Diesel extends Changzhou plant

25 May 2011
MAN Diesel & Turbo, the Germany-based manufacturer of diesel engines for use in ships and power stations, has opened the second section of a new building at its plant in Changzhou, Jiangsu province....

DPCA starts building new Wuhan car plant

25 May 2011
Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile has started building its third assembly plant in China in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province....

Guodian to invest in Chongqing energy projects

25 May 2011
China Guodian Corp said it is planning to invest Rmb20bn in building new energy facilities in Chongqing municipality over the next five years, reported People’s Daily. The company will fund a variety of energy projec...

Drought impacts electricity output

18 May 2011
The severe drought along the Yangtze River is reducing electricity output at major dams in the region, including the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower project....

Express delivery business grows 32% in March

18 May 2011
Express delivery enterprises of a designated size and above in China earned combined revenues of Rmb6.18bn in March this year, 31.7 per cent more than in the same month in 2010, according to statistics released by the State P...

Hubei nuclear plant might be postponed

18 May 2011
Construction of China’s first inland nuclear power station might be postponed for further evaluation of flood risks following the recent devastating earthquake in Japan, China Daily reported. The Rmb60bn nuclear proj...

Trials start on Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway

18 May 2011
The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway began a one-month trial operation on 11 May, according to the Ministry of Railways. The 1,318km-long line will cut travel time between China’s two major cities to about five ho...

Railway investment to top Rmb745bn in 2011

18 May 2011
China’s Ministry of Railways said on 13 May that its total investment in 2011 will reach Rmb745.5bn....

New Chongqing-Europe air cargo service

18 May 2011
A new air cargo service has become operational between China and Europe, reported Xinhua. Operated by Yangtze River Express, the route is Shanghai-Chongqing-Moscow-Luxembourg-Shanghai....

Approval granted for Wushan airport

18 May 2011
China’s State Council and Central Military Commission have formally approved the construction of Wushan airport in Chongqing municipality....

Three Gorges museum to open by year-end

18 May 2011
A museum is being built in Chongqing to remember the 1.35m people who were forced to migrate to give way for the construction of the Three Gorges Dam....

Wuhan water level five metres below normal

18 May 2011
Reports from the Yangtze River Administration say that the water level in the Wuhan section of the Yangtze was 15.54 metres at 2:00pm on 17 May, compared with 21 metres at the same time last year....

Three Gorges Dam releases more water to ease drought

18 May 2011
Deputy Chief Engineer of the Three Gorges Dam Control Centre Zhao Yunfa confirmed on 18 May that the emergency water release code has been activated for the second time in a month to alleviate the severe drought in the middle...

Wuhan New Port increases shoreline for development

18 May 2011
The development plan for Wuhan New Port Authorities has been revised to include the shorelines of four counties in Huanggang....

Taicang posts record container throughput in April

18 May 2011
Figures from the Yangtze River Administration show that April’s container throughput in Taicang terminal hit a record high of 240,000 TEU, up 24 per cent year-on-year....

Smaller shipping lines suffer from overcapacity

11 May 2011
About 30 per cent of China’s coastal shipping companies are experiencing losses due to overcapacity and high fuel prices, said Xu Zuyuan, vice minister of transport....

Chongqing’s Donggang port area opens

11 May 2011
Donggang port area in Chongqing, which is being built by Shanghai International Port Group, has started operation with an annual capacity of 200,000-250,000 TEU....

ACC starts air cargo operations

11 May 2011
Air China Cargo, a joint venture between Air China and the Cathay Pacific, has been officially launched having been approved by all relevant authorities....

Severe drought causes closure of Yangtze section

11 May 2011
Yangtze Waterway Bureau announced on 11 May that the shipping channel between Chenglingji and Wuhan, which was opened only 10 days ago for ocean-going vessels, had to be suspended until further notice due to the severe drough...

State Council approves airport at Three Gorges

11 May 2011
Chongqing’s proposal to build Wushan Mountain Airport has recently been approved by the State Council, according to a story published by China News Services....

Chongqing farmers close income gap on urbanites

11 May 2011
Official figures show that, in the first three months of 2011, Chongqing farmers enjoyed a 28 per cent year-on-year increase in disposable income to Rmb1,991....

New system to improve navigation in Three Gorges area

4 May 2011
Officials from the Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs say that construction will start within a year on a navigational information management system....

Zhangjiagang posts huge growth in scrap steel imports

4 May 2011
Zhangjiagang Quarantine and Inspection Bureau reported that the city’s port imported a total of 210,000 tons of scrap steel in April, worth US$110m, up 200 per cent and 295 per cent year-on-year respectively....

Jiangsu to spend Rmb18bn on Yangtze dredging

4 May 2011
A total of Rmb18bn will be spent on deepening the navigation channel of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River between 2011 and 2015, according to local authorities....

Waigaoqiao gets 12.5-metre approach channel

4 May 2011
The dredging project on the approach channel of Shanghai’s Waigaoqiao terminal has recently been completed, increasing the water level by two full metres to 12.5 metres, according to China Transport News....

Three Gorges discharge rate increased

4 May 2011
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Administration said discharges from the Three Gorges Dam would increase between 2 and 6 May so as to raise water levels in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze in advance of the rainy season...

Cosco to resume port investment

4 May 2011
China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company, the largest container ship operator in China, is to resume investing in ports....

SIPG posts strong increase in profits

4 May 2011
Shanghai International Port (Group), China’s largest port operator, posted a net profit of Rmb1.27bn in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 24 per cent on the same period last year....

Nanjing car sales fall 37% in Q1

4 May 2011
Official statistics show that retail car sales in Nanjing during the first three months of this year stood at Rmb7.95bn, down 36.9 per cent over the same period last year....

Rainfall brings some relief to parched provinces

4 May 2011
Drought conditions continue to affect farming and water supplies across many parts of China. In the central province of Hubei, for example, about 150,000 people and 50,000 livestock have faced difficulty in getting drinkin...

Meeting to discuss railway spending cuts

4 May 2011
China may cut its investment in railway infrastructure this year by more than Rmb200bn, the Economic Observer reported....

Two more runways for Pudong Airport

4 May 2011
Shanghai is building a fourth and fifth runway at Pudong International Airport, reported Shanghai Daily....

Chongqing Airport Road widened

4 May 2011
The Airport Road in Chongqing, which runs from the East Ring Interchange to the Airport Interchange, is being widened from a two-way, four-lane road into a two-way, eight-lane road....

Amazon builds logistics base in Kunshan

4 May 2011
Amazon.com, the US-based online retailer, is to establish a logistics base in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, reported Xinhua. The 100,000 sq metre base is located in Kunshan Huaqiao Economic Development Zone and the two wareho...
April 2011

Yangtze water level plunges in Chongqing

27 April 2011
According to the Yangtze River Administration under The Ministry of Transport, the water level along the 180km section of the Yangtze within central Chongqing has fallen to a dangerously low level, necessitating an increase i...

Shanghai truck driver strike brought to swift end

27 April 2011
A strike by truck drivers that disrupted shipments at Shanghai port has petered out after the municipal government took steps to defuse the situation....

Chongqing investment forum

27 April 2011
Chongqing municipal government is hosting an investment forum on 8-9 June in partnership with Euromoney....

Jiangsu MSA publishes ratings for DG-handling agents

27 April 2011
Jiangsu Maritime Safety Authorities announced on 18 April its ratings for companies and individuals involved in declaring, handling and inspecting containers with dangerous cargo....

New shipping channel benefits Nantong terminal

27 April 2011
Jiangsu Maritime Safety Authorities approved the newly completed approach channel at Nantong Yangkou terminal on 20 April....

Railway length to rise to 120,000km by 2015

27 April 2011
China’s total length of railways open to traffic will increase to 120,000km by the end of 2015, including 50,000km of line in western regions, according to an official quoted by Xinhua....

Start of air cargo services between Dalian and Europe

27 April 2011
On 20 April Air China Cargo started services between Dalian and Frankfurt, via Shanghai’s Pudong airport. This is the first air cargo service between the city in Liaoning province and Europe....

Chongqing tackles manufacturing over-capacity

27 April 2011
Chongqing municipal government has approved a plan to further reduce over-capacity in some industrial sectors during the 12th five-year period (2011-2015), according to Chongqing Daily....

Wuhan Yangsi terminal to be vacated by August

13 April 2011
According to Mr Gu Qiangsheng, general manager of Wuhan Port Group, all the facilities at the city’s Yangsi container terminal will be moved to Yangluo terminal from 18 May....

CIG to dispose of entire stake in Wuhan Yangluo

13 April 2011
China Infrastructure Group, which has an 85 per cent stake in the first phase of Wuhan’s Yangluo terminal, announced via the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Monday 11 April that it has signed a letter of intent with a poten...

Nanjing reports 40% increase in Q1 container throughput

13 April 2011
Nanjing Port Group, the largest common-user terminal operator in the capital of Jiangsu province, reported a 39.8 per cent growth in container throughput during the first three months of 2011, bringing the total to 405,400 TE...

Growth rate drops at Shanghai port

13 April 2011
Shanghai port reported a throughput of 7.28m TEU in the first quarter of 2011, a 12 per cent year-on-year rise, according to the port management authority....

TCC quits transpacific trade

13 April 2011
The Containership Company has ceased its transpacific services due to low shipping prices and rising fuel costs, according to various media reports....

Iron ore imports slow in March

13 April 2011
China’s imports of iron ore in the first quarter of 2011 stood at 177.17m tonnes, an increase of 14.4 per cent year-on-year, reported Xinhua....

Surge in Chongqing airport cargo traffic

13 April 2011
Cargo throughput at Chongqing airport increased considerably in the first quarter of 2011, according to local Customs data....

Dongfeng Auto sales beat national average

13 April 2011
Dongfeng Automobile, the listed arm of Dongfeng Motor, posted an 80 per cent year-on-year increase in net profit to Rmb571m in 2010. The Wuhan-based company’s revenues increased 38 per cent to Rmb19.8bn....

Changhong income climbs in 2010

13 April 2011
Household electric appliance manufacturer Sichuan Changhong Electric earned an operating income of Rmb41.7bn in 2010, up by nearly one-third on the previous year....

Work begins on BASF Chongqing plant

13 April 2011
BASF has officially started construction of its joint venture chemical plant in Chongqing. Together with Chongqing Chemical and Pharmaceutical Holding (Group), the two partners will invest US$5.3bn in the plant....

Yangtze container throughput rises 24% in March

6 April 2011
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that throughput of general cargo along the Yangtze River trunkline rose by 12.3 per cent year-on-year in March to 120m tons, while container throughput reached 860,000 TEU...

Three Gorges changes suspension criterion

6 April 2011
Three Gorges Corp, the builder and operator of the Three Gorges Dam and shiplocks, announced at the end of March that it is changing the criterion for a suspension of operation....

Shanghai port welcomes more ships

6 April 2011
Shanghai port experienced strong growth in the number of ship arrivals and departures in the first two months of2011, according to a report by Xinhua. Yangshan deepwater terminal recorded 1,517 cargo and passenger ships ar...

Logistics sector grows 14.5% in Jan-Feb

6 April 2011
The total value of China’s logistics industry increased 14.5 per cent year-on-year in the first two months of 2011, according to figures released by the National Development and Reform Commission. During this period...

Eurasian Land Bridge service arrives in Germany

6 April 2011
On 4 April a container train arrived in the German city of Duisburg 16 days after departing Chongqing in southwest China....

Wuhan-Nanjing flights suspended

6 April 2011
All flights linking Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in central China, and Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province in east China, have been suspended since 27 March, according to the General Administration of Civil Aviation...

Autoliv builds new Nanjing plant

6 April 2011
Sweden-based automotive safety products manufacturer Autoliv has begun construction of a factory to make seat belts in Nanjing, replacing an existing plant in the capital of Jiangsu province....

Chongqing starts building Compass Sat Nav Industry Park

6 April 2011
Construction started at the end of March of the Compass Sat Nav Industry Park in Chongqing’s Two River New Area. This is a local government investment costing Rmb5bn and covers a planned area of about 20 hectares....

New oil refinery for Chongqing

6 April 2011
PetroChina, China's largest oil producer, will build a refinery in Chongqing municipality with a daily output capacity of 200,800 barrels, according to the company’s vice president Liu Hongbin....

Investment fair seeks to attract Western companies

6 April 2011
The 14th Chongqing international investment and global sourcing fair will be held from 19-22 May at the city’s International Convention and Exhibition Center....

Chongqing rail transit extension work to start in June

6 April 2011
Planning work on the northern extension of Chongqing’s rail transit line 3 has been completed. This 10.4km overground section will connect the airport industrial zone and low-rent public housing areas in the city....
March 2011

Maersk predicts 30% growth in Yangtze traffic

30 March 2011
Cargo throughput on the Yangtze River, excluding Shanghai, may exceed 30 per cent in the next two to three years, the managing director of Maersk China will tell delegates at the 2011 Yangtze Business Network conference in Sh...

New Yangtze terminal opens in Chongqing

30 March 2011
Chongqing East Port Container Terminal formally went into operation in the town of Guangyang, Nan’an district on 28 March. It will have a predicted annual throughput of 200,000-250,000 TEU....

Shanghai-Europe container rates slip below $1,000

30 March 2011
Spot rates for shipping containers from Shanghai to Europe have dropped below US$1,000 per TEU for the first time since March 2009, according to the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO)....

FedEx opens third Suzhou station

30 March 2011
FedEx Express has opened a new station in Suzhou, Jiangsu province. It is located in Suzhou New District’s high technology zone and is the company’s third facility in the city....

Japan earthquake hits China supply chains

30 March 2011
More parts shortages in China are being experienced following the Japanese earthquake on 11 March....

Little Swan to increase output capacity

30 March 2011
Washing machine manufacturer Wuxi Little Swan will invest Rmb649m in expanding its output, according to a company statement filed with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange....

BASF wins approval for new plant

30 March 2011
BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, has received approval for a 400,000 tonnes-a-year MDI (diphenylmethane diisocyanate) project in Chongqing....

Lifan tops motorcycle export table

30 March 2011
Chongqing-based Lifan Group was China’s top motorcycle seller in the first two months of 2011, with exports valued at US$59.6m, according to a survey of 88 major domestic motorcycle firms conducted by the China Associat...

New air cargo services for Chongqing

30 March 2011
Two new air cargo services from Chongqing started on 29 March....

Falling water levels on upper Yangtze

23 March 2011
Low water levels on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River continue to have an impact on shipping in the region....

Toll-road operators on expansion path

23 March 2011
Two of China’s biggest toll-road operators are searching for more expressway projects in the country, reported South China Morning Post....

More air connections for Chongqing

23 March 2011
From 27 March Sichuan Airlines is to open three new services between Chongqing and other Chinese cities....

Lhasa airport expansion to be completed by June

23 March 2011
The expansion project of Gonggar Airport in Lhasa is due to be completed in mid June, according to newspapers quoting the Tibet branch of Civil Aviation Administration of China....

Kerry opens Chongqing and Kunshan logistics centres

23 March 2011
Kerry Logistics has opened new logistics centres in Chongqing and Kunshan, reported IFW. The first phase of the Chongqing Kerry Logistics Centre has a total area of 20,500 sq metres....

Japan earthquake likely to affect Wuhan automakers

23 March 2011
Two Sino-Japanese car-making joint ventures in Wuhan could be affected from next month in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami....

Nanjing trees saved, for time being

23 March 2011
The residents of Nanjing have won a battle with the city government over the planned removal of more than 1,000 trees to make way for the construction of new subway lines. In common with many other Chinese cities, Nanjing...

Westin hotel opens in Nanjing

23 March 2011
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened a Westin hotel in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province....

Yangtze Mouth dredging benefits Taicang

16 March 2011
According to the Yangtze Waterway Bureau, Taicang’s cargo throughput rose significantly in the first two months of 2011 as a result of the Yangtze Mouth dredging project that has brought the guaranteed minimum water lev...

Nanjing Longtan terminal aims for 3m TEU by 2015

16 March 2011
Container throughput at Nanjing Longtan terminal reached 1.4m TEU last year and is expected to grow to 3m TEU by 2015, according to Nanjing Maritime Safety Authorities....

Dangerous cargo increases in Jiangyin port

16 March 2011
The throughput of dangerous cargo at Jiangyin port in Jiangsu province has increased significantly over recent years, said Jiangyin Maritime Safety Authorities....

Plea to scrap Yangtze dam

16 March 2011
The planned Xiaonanhai dam on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River will destroy the region’s last reserve for rare fish, according to an article in Chinadialogue, a London-based bilingual website devoted to China&rsqu...

Ship trading price index launched in Beijing

16 March 2011
China issued its first ship trading price index on 12 March in Beijing....

Tighter vehicle emission standards for Beijing

16 March 2011
A stricter vehicle emission standard for Beijing’s 5m motor vehicles will be introduced next year, said Zhang Lijun, vice-minister of environmental protection....

Work completed on Guangdong underwater railway tunnel

16 March 2011
Construction work has been completed in Guangdong province on China’s first underwater railway tunnel, reported Xinhua....

Nuclear power plan for Chongqing

16 March 2011
CNNC Nuclear Power, a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corp, said it would strive to establish a nuclear power plant in Chongqing during the current five-year plan (2011-15), the Wall Street Journal reported....

CNCEC to build Jiangsu industrial park

16 March 2011
China National Chemical Engineering, which is principally engaged in the construction of chemical and petrochemical infrastructure, said it plans to spend about Rmb4bn to build an industrial park in the Jiangsu city of Qidong...

Jinling refinery to raise capacity

16 March 2011
Asia’s largest refiner Sinopec plans to raise the capacity of its Jinling refinery by a third to 360,000 barrels per day (bpd) by 2015, Oil and Gas News reported....

Yangtze cargo throughput expected to rise 12% in 2011

9 March 2011
Throughput of general cargo on the Yangtze trunkline totalled 1.39bn tons in 2010, up 22 per cent year-on-year, according to the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport....

Zhangjiagang scrap import volumes fall

9 March 2011
According to Zhangjiagang Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, the volume of the city’s imported scrap metal dropped by 18 per cent year-on-year during the first two months to 250,000 tons, but its total value rose by 8 pe...

Nantong issues new regulation for DG handling

9 March 2011
Nantong Maritime Safety Authorities have issued a new regulation that stipulates that booms must be laid for handling 69 types of bulk liquid dangerous cargo....

New railways minister committed to high-speed programme

9 March 2011
China’s new railway minister Sheng Guangzu has pledged to continue the programme of expanding the country’s high-speed rail network despite the removal of his predecessor who is being investigated for “sever...

Chengdu-Chongqing high-speed railway submitted for approval

9 March 2011
The blueprint for building a high-speed rail link between Chengdu and Chongqing has been submitted to the State Development and Reform Commission for approval....

Second trial run for Chongqing-Europe train service

9 March 2011
A second trial cargo train service connecting Chongqing and Europe via Xinjiang recently departed the Chinese municipality....

Air cargo demand set to rise

9 March 2011
The General Administration of Civil Aviation of China said it plans to develop its top 20 second-tier airports to handle the anticipated increase in air cargo demand over the next five years, reported GCTL....

New air service between Chongqing and Hanoi

9 March 2011
Sichuan Airlines initiated a passenger and cargo service between Chongqing and Hanoi, capital of Vietnam on 5 March. There are two services a week on this route, departing Chongqing on Thursday and Sunday evenings....

Jiangsu exports US$25bn in January

9 March 2011
Jiangsu province’s foreign trade value increased 33.9 per cent year-on-year to US$43.61bn in January 2011, according to local Customs statistics....

Labour shortage to spread west

9 March 2011
China’s labour shortage is expected to spread from coastal regions to central and western parts of the country, according to the human resources minister Yin Weimin....

State Council approves new economic zone

9 March 2011
The State Council has approved the blueprint for the creation of a new economic zone in southwest China, reported People’s Daily. The Cheng-Yu economic zone will include Chongqing municipality and 15 cities in neighb...

Yangtze conference, 31 March

2 March 2011
The 2011 Yangtze Business Network conference, to be held in Shanghai on 31 March, is attracting a growing number of senior managers from manufacturing companies, shipping lines and 3PLs....

DG shipping lines sign Three Gorges safety agreements

2 March 2011
The Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs signed agreements on 25 February with 18 barge operators involved in shipping dangerous cargo that they promise to abide by rules and procedures relating to passing the...

Zhenjiang reports 20% rise in foreign vessels

2 March 2011
According to statistics from Zhenjiang Maritime Safety Authorities, the number of foreign vessels arriving in Zhenjiang reached 128 in February, compared with 106 in the same month last year and 115 in January 2011....

Chongqing to boost shipping capacity

2 March 2011
Chongqing is to invest Rmb28.5bn in its waterways during the current five-year plan (2011-15), according to the local government. The work will include dredging and terminal projects....

China port cargo throughput up 13.3% in January

2 March 2011
China’s cargo throughput at ports above designated size amounted to 735m tons in January, reflecting a year-on-year growth of 13.3 per cent, reported China Knowledge....

New Railways Minister appointed

2 March 2011
Railways Minister Liu Zhijun was officially dismissed from his post on 25 February by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress for alleged ‘severe violation of discipline’....

More airports to be built across China

2 March 2011
China will build 45 new airports over the next five years, said Li Jiaxing, the head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China....

Chubb opens office in Nanjing

2 March 2011
Insurance giant Chubb opened an office in Nanjing on 28 February....

DSM to build new composites plant in Nanjing

2 March 2011
Royal DSM, the life sciences and materials sciences company, will build a Rmb500m new facility to replace an existing plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. It will make composite resins targeted at the Chinese market....

Brake plant established in Chongqing

2 March 2011
Knorr-Bremse of Germany has established a joint venture with Chongqing Machinery & Electronics Holdings in which the Chinese partner holds a 34 per cent stake....
February 2011

Yangtze Piloting Centre pledges to improve services

23 February 2011
Wang Jiefa, director of the Jiangyin-based Yangtze Piloting Centre, has promised to improve its services by implementing eight measures announced at a meeting on 18 February....

Taicang posts 44% increase in January container throughput

23 February 2011
January 2011 figures show that container throughput in Taicang terminal reached 175,200 TEU, up nearly 45 per cent over the same period last year. Throughput of general cargo grew by 32 per cent to 7.54m tons....

Nantong to spend Rmb20bn on dredging

23 February 2011
Nantong city government in Jiangsu province has recently approved an ambitious plan to dredge its inland waterway network, according to the Yangtze River Administration....

Tongling to upgrade ferry services

23 February 2011
Maritime safety officials in Tongling have successfully lobbied the local government to invest in ferry services for residents living in Xuba and Laozhou, two counties on a river island with a population of nearly 60,000 peop...

Chengdu to pioneer reforms in services sector

23 February 2011
Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, has recently been appointed by the State Development and Reform Commission to pioneer reforms in the services sector, reported Chengdu Daily....

Drilling work nears completion on Shanghai-Nantong bridge

23 February 2011
According to a report by China News Services on 23 February, 70 per cent of the drilling work for the Shanghai-Nantong Yangtze Bridge has been completed....

Chongqing unveils luxury Yangtze cruise ships

23 February 2011
A major state-owned Chongqing cruise operator has unveiled its new models, according to the municipal government’s website....

Wuhan port capacity set to rise

23 February 2011
Hubei province plans to increase Wuhan port’s container capacity to 3.3m TEU by 2015 and overall cargo capacity to 150m tonnes, reported Xinhua....

Agility bullish about China prospects

23 February 2011
In an interview with South China Morning Post, the Asia-Pacific chief executive of Agility Logistics, Hans Hickler, predicted continued good growth in China this year....

Doubts cast over high-speed rail building programme

23 February 2011
The removal last week of China’s Ministry of Railways, Liu Zhijun, due to an investigation of possible corruption, has prompted some commentators to predict a slowdown in the country’s fast-expanding high-speed ra...

Ship exports rise 42% in 2010

23 February 2011
China exported US$40.3bn-worth of ships and boats in 2010, up 42 per cent on the previous year, according to statistics released by the General Administration of Customs....

China Cargo plans service to St Louis

23 February 2011
Shanghai-based China Cargo Airlines may start flying from Shanghai to St Louis in Missouri in the US from June this year, reported the Kansas City Star....

TransAir to start Taipei-Chongqing flights

23 February 2011
Taiwan-based TransAsia Airways is to launch non-stop flights between Taipei Songshan airport and Chongqing Jiangbei airport in March 2011....

Wisco eclipses other steelmakers in iron ore resources

23 February 2011
Following a deal signed last week with Canadian Adriana Resources to qcquire a stake in an iron ore project in Quebec, Wuhan Iron & Steel (Group) has become the steel manufacturer with the most iron ore resources in the w...

New source of natural gas in Chongqing

23 February 2011
A Sino-American joint exploration of natural gas has started in Chongqing, according to a local government source....

Volvo finally decides on Chengdu, says report

23 February 2011
Swedish carmaker Volvo, owned by Zhejiang Geely, has finally decided to set up a manufacturing facility in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, according to Reuters....

Maersk China MD to talk at Yangtze conference

16 February 2011
Jens Eskelund, Managing Director of Maersk China, will make a presentation at the Yangtze Business Network conference next month on accessing China’s interior via the Yangtze....

Wuhu consults Yangtze River Administration on new bridge

16 February 2011
Wuhu government officials headed by deputy mayor Hong Jianping visited the Yangtze River Administration in Wuhan on 15 February to consult the central regulators over the construction of Wuhu’s No.2 Yangtze Bridge. A...

Three Gorges boosts water release to rescue stranded vessel

16 February 2011
On 12 February, an oil tanker carrying 990 tons of No.90 diesel oil set off from Wuhan to Yichang....

Special task force for vessel standardisation process

16 February 2011
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport has recently set up a special task force to speed up the vessel standardisation programme....

PYI to sell Yangkou port stake

16 February 2011
Bulk cargo and port infrastructure group PYI Corp has agreed to sell a 50.1 per cent stake in Jiangsu Yangkou port to the investment arm of Rudong county government in Nantong, for Rmb1.51bn....

Jiangsu ports handle 11m TEU in 2010

16 February 2011
Jiangsu ports handled 1.5bn tonnes of cargo in 2010, according to provincial data, double the total in 2005. Its container throughput exceeded 11m TEU, Xinhua reported....

Panalpina to open Chongqing office

16 February 2011
The forwarding and logistics services company Panalpina is to open an office in Chongqing, having already opened offices in Wuhan and Chengdu....

Chongqing to build a new land route to Southeast Asia

16 February 2011
According to Chongqing Evening News, Chongqing Customs is to focus on setting up e-commerce infrastructure and an international trade settlement centre to help facilitate the city’s new cargo railway route to Burma and...

Road-building programme to focus on rural areas

16 February 2011
China aims to extend its rural road network from 3.45m km to 3.9m km by 2015, said the country’s transport authorities....

Major expansion of Xinjiang airports

16 February 2011
Plans have been drawn up to invest some Rmb30bn in new airports in China’s far western region of Xinjiang between 2011 and 2015....

Sichuan reveals highest spending cities

16 February 2011
The Sichuan department of the State Statistics Bureau announced on 15 February that among the 19 large and medium-sized cities in the province, Chengdu, Deyang and Mianyang ranked first, second and third respectively in the l...

China to spend Rmb6.7bn to battle drought

16 February 2011
The Chinese government will spend Rmb6.7bn to combat the severe drought in northern China, reported China Daily....

Wanda acquires major plot in Wuhu

16 February 2011
Property company Dalian Wanda has acquired a plot in Wuhu, Anhui province for Rmb308m to start its first large mixed-use property project in the city....

THK to build auto parts base in Changzhou

16 February 2011
Japan-based THK is to build an automobile parts production base in Changzhou National Hi-Tech District, Jiangsu province....

Cuntan bonded area phase two to open in May

16 February 2011
The second phase construction of Chongqing’s Cuntan Bonded Port Area is due to start operating by the end of May 2001. Incorporating both an airport and port, the bonded area covers 8.37 sq km....

New paper plant for Chongqing

16 February 2011
APAC Resources, the Hong Kong-listed investor and commodities trader, has signed a framework agreement to build a top-grade paper manufacturing plant in Chongqing, according to a municipal government website....
January 2011

Nestlé to speak at Yangtze Business Network conference

26 January 2011
We are pleased to announce a new speaker at the Yangtze Business Network conference on 31 March in Shanghai....

Zhangjiagang posts record throughput

26 January 2011
Zhang Wei, deputy mayor of Zhangjiagang city, said on 25 January that the city handled a throughput of 215m tons of general cargo in 2010, up nearly 35 per cent year-on-year and more than any other Yangtze port....

Nantong reports sharp increase in seafood imports

26 January 2011
Nantong Inspection and Quarantine Bureau reported an unprecedented increase in seafood imports worth US$175m in 2010, 10 times the value in the previous year....

Zhenjiang down exports increase four-fold

26 January 2011
Statistics from the local Inspection and Quarantine Bureau show that the city of Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province exported a record 1,080 tons of duck and goose down worth more than US$5.6m in 2010, over four times that of the p...

Tianjin to double container throughput by 2015

26 January 2011
Tianjin port in north China aims to double its container-handling capacity to 20m TEU by 2015, making it one of the world’s top five container ports, reported China Economic Review. Yu Rumin, chairman and senior engi...

China production to shift west, says report

26 January 2011
Western China, India and Southeast Asia will be the major low-cost global production bases in the next 15 to 20 years, according to a survey by research firm Transport Intelligence and logistics company Agility....

AMP acquires stake in Yunnan gas company

26 January 2011
The AMP Capital Asian Giants Infrastructure Fund has acquired its first asset in China, taking a 19.11 per cent effective equity stake in Qujing Gas....

China-Europe rail service to start in spring 2010

26 January 2011
DB Schenker aims to have a regular rail service in place between China and Europe in the second quarter of 2011, according to Asia-Pacific CEO Steve Dearnley....

Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev ‘unlikely’ to go ahead

26 January 2011
A senior Zhejiang province official said that the proposed high-speed maglev train line linking Shanghai to Hangzhou is unlikely to proceed, reported South China Morning Post....

Celanese looks to invest in new Nanjing plant

26 January 2011
Celanese, the US-based chemicals company, has signed letters of intent to construct industrial ethanol production facilities in Nanjing and Zhuhai....

Chengdu to lead largest city cluster in western China

26 January 2011
According to Sichuan provincial government’s development strategy for the 12th five-year plan (2011-2015), the provincial capital Chengdu will lead Mianyang, Nanchong, Zigong and five county-level cities into becoming t...

GE to build Chengdu research base

26 January 2011
The US-based power and technology giant General Electric plans to build its first innovation centre in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, People’s Daily reported. The centre, which plans to recruit 380 employees i...

7-Eleven charts expansion in Chengdu

26 January 2011
The world’s leading convenience store chain 7-Eleven is to open two outlets in Chengdu on 17 March, reported China Retail News....

Chongqing sets China’s highest growth target for 2011

26 January 2011
Chongqing has set a 2011 GDP growth target of 13.5 per cent, higher than any other province or municipality in China. Inland China has been growing at a faster rate than coastal areas in recent times....

Jiujiang port container traffic up 20%

19 January 2011
SIPG Jiujiang reported a year-on-year 20 per cent increase in container throughput in 2010 to a record 120,600 TEU....

Changshu posts decline in waste paper imports

19 January 2011
Changshu port reported a more than 27 per cent decrease in waste paper imports last year to 890,000 tons, the first decline in seven years according to China News Agency....

Yangtze guaranteed water level trial achieved

19 January 2011
The Yangtze Waterway Bureau reported that the new guaranteed water level in the middle reaches of the river has been trialled and sustained safely for the first 70 days....

New World cuts capacity

19 January 2011
The New World Alliance is to cut capacity on transpacific services during next month’s Spring Festival, reported IFW. The alliance is made up of APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine and Mitsui OSK Lines....

China ship output rises 55% in 2010

19 January 2011
China’s new ship orders increased 2.9-fold to 75.23m DWT in 2010, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology....

Sichuan to boost railway construction

19 January 2011
The director of Chengdu Railway Bureau, Wu Yong, told the ongoing provincial people’s congress that by 2015 Sichuan will have 2,500km of high-speed railway lines, accounting for 10 per cent of the national total....

Cargo throughput up 22% for Air China

19 January 2011
Air China reported a 21.7 per cent year-on-year increase in cargo throughput in 2010 to 1.15m tons....

Wisco buys into Canadian ore venture

19 January 2011
Wuhan Iron and Steel has reached agreement to pay US$122m for a 60 per cent stake in a joint venture with Adriana Resources of Canada that will develop iron ore resources in Quebec....

Changan Auto in battery tie-up with LG Chem

19 January 2011
Chongqing Changan Automobile has signed a strategic agreement with South Korean chemical product maker LG Chem for the research and development of lithium-ion batteries used in new energy vehicles....

‘Landmark’ Chongqing building to be demolished

19 January 2011
A building in central Chongqing that was originally intended to be the tallest in southwest China is set to be demolished because of financial problems that have stalled construction for four years, said a municipal governmen...

Spring festival crackdown on traffic infringements

19 January 2011
Chongqing is to set up more than 300 fixed and mobile traffic checkpoints over the Spring Festival....

SIPG profits climb 44%

12 January 2011
Shanghai International Port Group’s profits jumped 44 per cent year-on-year to Rmb5.4bn in 2010 as sea transport picked up with the recovery of global trade, Shanghai Daily reported....

Shanghai officially becomes world's largest port

12 January 2011
Shanghai was the world’s largest container port in 2010, handling 29m TEU compared with Singapore’s 28.4m TEU....

Iron ore imports fall in 2010

12 January 2011
China’s 2010 iron ore imports dropped 1.4% year-on-year to 618.6m tons, the first decline in a dozen years....

Three Gorges Dam shiplocks suspended for maintenance

12 January 2011
The Three Gorges Dam northern shiplocks were closed down between 9:00am and midnight on 10 January for routine maintenance, according to the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport....

Record tourist numbers visit Three Gorges Dam

12 January 2011
Visitors to the Three Gorges Dam totalled a record 1.45m last year, according to a local tourism company reported by Xinhua....

Nanjing bridge opens for high-speed line

12 January 2011
On the morning of 11 January, 44 high speed trains originating from Shanghai Hongqiao and heading for Hefei, Anhui and Wuhan, Hubei, passed over Nanjing Dashengguan Yangtze Bridge, signalling the start of operation for the ne...

Chongqing to build rail link to Wanzhou

12 January 2011
Chongqing is to build the 500km rail line between the city proper and Wanzhou by the end of 2015, according to governor of Fuling district, Shen Xiaozhong....

Chongqing to impose luxury property tax

12 January 2011
Chongqing is finalising plans for imposing a new tax on high-end residential property, according to Xinhua....

Chengdu expects dramatic rise in foreign trade by 2015

12 January 2011
According to Chengdu Evening Daily, the city’s exports during the first 10 months of 2010 exceeded US$11.2bn, up 42 per cent year-on-year....

Auchan opens third Chengdu store

12 January 2011
Auchan has recently opened a 9,284 sq metre store in Huayang, Chengdu, the first large supermarket in the area, reported ChinaRetailNews....

Jiangsu MSA completes integration of ship monitoring system

5 January 2011
Mr Zhang Tongbin, director of Jiangsu Maritime Safety Authorities, announced at a recent press conference in Nanjing that the MSA has completed integrating the entire supervision system for the Jiangsu section of the Yangtze...

Waterway authorities recoup money for collision clear-up

5 January 2011
According to the Yangtze River Waterway Bureau, waterway officials have received compensation for the money they spent on repairing the shipping channel in Jiujiang that was caused by a vessel collision....

Anhui to withdraw 4,500 vessels by 2014

5 January 2011
Anhui provincial government said that within three years of 2011, some 4,500 vessels registered locally will be withdrawn on a compulsory basis as part of the Yangtze River vessel standardisation programme....

Jiujiang profile update

5 January 2011
Following a visit to Jiujiang early last month, we have updated our investment profile of the city....

Waigaoqiao phase 6 opens

5 January 2011
Phase six of Shanghai port’s Waigaoqiao terminal started operation in late December....

Hutchison increases HK and Shenzhen port stakes

5 January 2011
Hutchison Whampoa, the Hong Kong-based conglomerate, will spend US$733m to raise its controlling stakes in terminals in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, reported the Wall Street Journal....

Shipping insurance centres open in Shanghai

5 January 2011
Two shipping insurance centres were established in Shanghai in the last week of December. The centres, for Pacific Insurance (Group) and PICC Property and Casualty, both gained regulatory approval in August 2010....

Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line to open in June

5 January 2011
The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway will start operations in mid-June 2011, said Chinese Railways Minister Liu Zhijun....

Heavy railway spending set to continue

5 January 2011
China will invest Rmb700bn in 2011 in building railways, People’s Daily reported, citing a meeting of the national railway work conference. The money will be used for 70 new intercity projects....

Rail cargo line opens in Xinjiang

5 January 2011
A railway linking Kashi and Hotan in Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region in northwest China opened on 30 December for cargo transportation, reported Xinhua....

Air China to double cargo services to Tokyo

5 January 2011
Air China Cargo plans to double the number of its cargo flights between Shanghai and Narita airport in Tokyo to four a week starting this month....

Schenker looks to Chinese hinterland

5 January 2011
Germany-based transport and logistics company DB Schenker told IFW that it plans further expansion in China this year....

Jiangsu to raise minimum wage by 18%

5 January 2011
Jiangsu provincial government has approved a plan to raise minimum wage by an average of more than 18 per cent from 1 February, according to China News Services....

Wuhu secures Rmb3.3bn iron pipes investment

5 January 2011
Xinxing Ductile Iron Pipes, which specialises in the manufacture of centrifugal ductile cast-iron pipes, plans to spend Rmb3.33bn on building a large production base in Wuhu, Anhui province....

Hilton selects Yichang for first Hubei hotel

5 January 2011
Hilton international Management has agreed with Hong Kong Zhongzhen Investment to set up a Hilton hotel in Yichang, its first in Hubei province....

Wuhan mulls property incentives to attract HR talent

5 January 2011
According to Wuhan Evening News on 5 January, local congressman Liu Yuan’s idea to introduce property incentives to attract and retain HR talent will be one of the major proposals to be discussed in the coming plenary m...

Major PV investment in Wuhan

5 January 2011
China South Industries Group Corp, a state-owned investment conglomerate, is to invest Rmb4.4bn to build a photovoltaic base in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province....

Changan invests in Yunnan

5 January 2011
Chongqing Changan Automobile has signed an agreement with Kunming municipal government to invest Rmb10bn in an auto production base in Yunnan province....

Chongqing revenues up 71 per cent

5 January 2011
Chongqing government reported total revenues of Rmb199.1bn in 2010, up 71 per cent over the previous year....
December 2010

Yangtze MSA issues Trustworthy Award to 23 vessels

15 December 2010
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities recently issued its 2010 Trustworthy Award to 23 vessels, which allows them to enjoy preferential treatment in different areas including simplified reporting procedures and priority for dep...

Timetable set for Yangtze vessel standardisation programme

15 December 2010
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport has announced the timetable for completing its vessel standardisation programme....

Passing permits withdrawn for Three Gorges Dam

15 December 2010
The Yangtze River Administration has activated an Emergency Response Code at the Three Gorges Dam in an attempt to deal with a growing backlog of vessels waiting to pass the shiplocks....

China's container throughput up 21% in November

15 December 2010
Container throughput at China’s coastal ports increased 21 per cent year-on-year in November 2010 to 11.82m TEU, reported China Knowledge....

Lack of maritime lawyers a bottleneck for Shanghai

15 December 2010
According to Shanghai Shipping Exchange, a severe lack of specialist maritime lawyers is fast becoming a bottleneck for Shanghai’s ambition to become East Asia’s international shipping centre....

Pakistan-China air cargo services launched

15 December 2010
Air cargo services have begun for the first time between Pakistan and China, linking Islamabad with Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang autonomous region....

November cargo volumes up 31% for China Eastern

15 December 2010
China Eastern Airlines, the country’s third-largest carrier, recorded a 31.5 per cent increase in its cargo and mail throughput in November 2010 to 124,900 tons....

Germany and China to cooperate on rail freight

15 December 2010
Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railway company, and China’s Ministry of Railways have signed an MOU to cooperate more closely in rail freight transport and in expanding China’s railway infrastructure....

Work starts on 606-metre Wuhan tower

15 December 2010
Ground has been broken in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, for what will become the world’s third tallest building....

Chongqing foreign trade rises 54% Jan-Nov

15 December 2010
Chongqing Foreign Trade Commission reported a 54 per cent rise in the municipality’s foreign trade in the first 11 months of 2010 to US$10.5bn....

Formosa Plastics to produce auto batteries in Chongqing

15 December 2010
Taiwan’s largest private enterprise, Formosa Plastics, plans to manufacture auto batteries in Chongqing, according to the municipal Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission....

Three Gorges throughput grows 30% year-on-year

8 December 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that throughput of general cargo passing the Three Gorges shiplocks had reached 71.03m tons in the first 11 months of 2010, up by 30 per cent year-on-year....

Wuhu starts DG emergency response training centre

8 December 2010
Wuhu Maritime Safety Authorities established a dangerous cargo emergency response training centre at Wuhu Ronghui Chemical Company on 30 November....

Strong winds force vessels to anchor in Jiangyin

8 December 2010
Jiangyin Maritime Safety Administration officials in Jiangsu province said on 6 December that nearly 100 vessels including more than 20 ocean liners were forced to anchor due to strong winds in the Jiangyin section of the Yan...

Nanjing starts direct container service to Ulsan

8 December 2010
A direct container service between Nanjing and Ulsan, South Korea was opened on 1 December....

Logwin opens new Shanghai logistics centre

8 December 2010
Logwin, the Germany-based logistics company, has opened a 2,000 sq metre logistics centre in Shanghai, according to IFW....

More progress on Shijiazhuang-Wuhan railway

8 December 2010
Track-laying has begun in the Xuchang, Henan province, section of the Shijiazhuang-Wuhan high-speed railway....

Dazhou-Wanzhou railway electrified

8 December 2010
The Dazhou-Wanzhou railway in southwestern China is now operational as an electrified line. For the past eight years, passenger and cargo trains on the 158km line were drawn by diesel locomotives....

Swipe card ticket plan for Wuhan-Guangzhou railway

8 December 2010
China’s Ministry of Railways has announced that it is working with Bank of China to launch a pre-paid swipe card system for users of the Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway service....

Chongqing second runway poised to open

8 December 2010
Chongqing Jiangbei airport’s second runway will open following a final inspection on 13-14 December. Work on the 3.6km-long runway, which runs parallel to the first runway, began in August 2008....

GSK buys Nanjing pharma company

8 December 2010
GlaxoSmithKline has signed an agreement to acquire Nanjing MeiRui Pharma for US$70m, reported Pharmaceutical Business Review. MeiRui is a Chinese pharmaceutical business specialising in urology and allergy products....

Rhodia acquires Jiangsu amines manufacturer

8 December 2010
The France-based chemicals company Rhodia has acquired amines manufacturer Feixiang Chemicals in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province, for US$489m....

Sensata expands production in Changzhou

8 December 2010
US-based Sensata Technologies is to invest an additional US$30m to expand production capacity at its wholly-owned plant in Changzhou National Hi-Tech District in Jiangsu province. The company makes sensors and controls tha...

Tsingtao Beer to invest in Jiujiang

8 December 2010
Tsingtao Beer has agreed to invest Rmb50m in a production facility in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, with an annual capacity of 400,000 tons, according to senior inward investment officials from the city’s ETDZ....

Acer sets up base in Chongqing

8 December 2010
Taiwan-based computer maker Acer officially confirmed that it will invest US$150m in Chongqing to build its biggest global IT manufacturing centre and set up its second base on the mainland....

Yangtze cargo throughput rises in November

1 December 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that throughput of general cargo via the major ports along the Yangtze trunkline grew by nearly 20 per cent year-on-year to 122m tons in November....

Construction starts on Nanjing oil-leak emergency response terminal

1 December 2010
Nanjing Maritime Safety Authorities announced on 29 November that they are building an oil-leak emergency response terminal in Nanjing Chemical Industry Park in the city’s Liuhe district....

Fog causes transport problems

1 December 2010
At 4:30am on 29 November, Zhenjiang Maritime Safety Authorities imposed a temporary ban on shipping as heavy fog enveloped the waters of Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province and visibility fell to below minimum safety levels during...

Grain importers urged to be wary of wild-oats

1 December 2010
Zhenjiang city’s inspection and quarantine officials discovered common wild-oats among a shipment of imported sorghum. This fast-growing weed spreads quickly and can damage linseed, wheat, beans, corn and other crops....

China container throughput set to grow 10% in 2010

1 December 2010
Major Chinese ports recorded a container throughput of 108m TEU in the first three quarters of 2010, according to a report by ResearchInChina....

Yichang-Wanzhou railway timetable approved

1 December 2010
China’s Ministry of Railways has approved the timetable of passenger and cargo services on the new Yichang-Wanzhou railway....

NDRC cracks down on diesel overcharging

1 December 2010
The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China’s economic planner and price regulator, has requested local governments to crack down on petrol stations selling diesel above state-set prices....

Road tolls waived for fresh grocery trucks

1 December 2010
In an effort to help reduce logistic costs and control household bills, the State Council has issued a circular covering a raft of measures including waiving road tolls for all trucks carrying fresh grocery and live poultry a...

Shanghai airport cargo traffic grows 9% in October

1 December 2010
Passenger traffic at Shanghai’s two main airports, Hongqiao and Pudong, rose 29 per cent year-on-year in October to 3.89m, according to Shanghai Airport Authority....

BASF to invest more in China

1 December 2010
BASF aims to invest more than US$1.3bn in additional plants in China by 2014, according to a report by the Financial Times....

Jiujiang strives to become mobile phone production centre

1 December 2010
According to Jiujiang Daily published on 30 November, Jiangxi provincial government is going all out to help build Jiujiang’s Gongqingcheng (Youth City) into China’s new production centre for mobile phones....

Wharf wins property auction in Wuhan

1 December 2010
Wharf (Holdings), the Hong Kong-based property and infrastructure company, said it has won a bid for a piece of land in Wuhan’s Hanyang district for Rmb1.02bn. The land covers an area of 42,200 sq metres on which Wha...

Singapore promotion body opens in Wuhan

1 December 2010
Singapore’s International Enterprise, a government body designed to promote the overseas growth of Singapore-based enterprises and international trade, has opened an office in Wuhan, its 10th across the world....

Wuhan tracks down 400 missing public bicycles

1 December 2010
According to a local newspaper, Wuhan police have tracked down more than 400 missing public bicycles, with the help of Xinfeida, the company that operates a free bicycle-renting scheme in the city....

Hanhook to build tyre plant in Chongqing

1 December 2010
South Korea-based Hankook Tire, the world’s seventh-largest tyre maker, is to invest US$950m to build a manufacturing plant in Chongqing, Xinhua reported. The new plant, located in Liangjiang New Area, will start con...

Johnson Controls chooses Fuling for battery plant

1 December 2010
The US-based Johnson Controls is to establish an auto battery production base in Lidu New Zone in Fuling, Chongqing municipality, according to a local government website....

Jiulong Paper to invest Rmb2bn in Chongqing

1 December 2010
Hong Kong-listed Nine Dragons Paper has started to build the second phase of its plant in Chongqing....
November 2010

APM looks to invest in Yangtze ports

24 November 2010
APM Terminals is looking to sign joint ventures with secondary ports in inland China, according to a senior executive of the company, citing high growth rates in the area....

Refined oil products get priority on the Yangtze

24 November 2010
The Ministry of Transport issued an urgent circular on 17 November, calling on all Yangtze ports, the Yangtze piloting centre in Jiangyin and the shiplocks at the Three Gorges Dam to give top priority to vessels carrying refi...

Zhangjiagang container throughput up 33%

24 November 2010
According to statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport, Zhangjiagang terminal reported a throughput of 937,000 TEU in the first 10 months of 2010, up by one-third compared with the same...

Nearly 700 vessels jammed bound for Yueyang

24 November 2010
An unspecified number of vessels stranded in the low waters of the Xiangjiang River, a major tributary of the Yangtze in Hunan province, caused a backlog of some 700 vessels near the Changsha section on 13 November....

Yichang compulsory lightening takes effect

24 November 2010
A compulsory lightening programme just downstream of the Three Gorges Dam started to have an impact on 12 November when maritime safety authorities in Yichang, Hubei province, ordered 10 coal-carrying vessels to offload some...

Imported sesame seeds destroyed in Zhenjiang

24 November 2010
Seven containers of sesame seeds imported from Bangladesh and worth nearly US$50,000 were destroyed on 19 November in the Jiangsu port of Zhenjiang by the city’s inspection and quarantine bureau....

Geodis to expand China presence

24 November 2010
Freight management company Geodis Wilson plans to expand its operations in China next year, according to Mathieu Renard Biron, regional VP of the company’s Asia Pacific division....

Hitachi Transport wins contracts in Henan

24 November 2010
Tokyo-based Hitachi Transport System has signed a deal with Sinopec to make deliveries to convenience stores at petrol stations operated by the state-run company in Henan province, the Nikkei business daily reported....

Wisco in talks with Canadian iron ore producer

24 November 2010
Wuhan Iron & Steel Group, China’s third-largest steelmaker, is in talks with Canada-listed Adriana Resource to jointly develop an iron ore project in Quebec, according to a senior executive reported by China Daily....

New shopping mall for Wuhan Tiandi

24 November 2010
Chinese property firm Shui On Land and Redevco Asia, the Amsterdam-headquartered real estate developer, have started construction of a Rmb1.8bn shopping mall Wuhan, capital of Hubei province....

Hike in Chongqing minimum wage from 2011

24 November 2010
Chongqing’s minimum wage will increase by Rmb190 a month from the start of 2011, according to a municipal government website. The new monthly rate in the nine main urban districts will rise from Rmb680 to Rmb870....

Zhangjiagang posts big drop in coal imports

17 November 2010
Official statistics from Zhangjiagang Inspection and Quarantine Bureau show that coal imports during the first 10 months of 2010 dropped by 31.5 per cent year-on-year to 1.09m tons....

Yangtze and Yellow rivers to develop hand-in-hand

17 November 2010
The director of the Yangtze River Administration, Mr Tang Guanjun, and the director of Gansu province’s transport commission signed an agreement on 15 November to co-ordinate the development of the Yangtze and Yellow ri...

China port capacity 40% greater than demand, says operator

17 November 2010
Chinese ports, including Yangshan deepwater terminal in Shanghai, are struggling with overcapacity because global demand has not kept pace with capacity expansion, said Su Xingang, vice-president of port operator China Mercha...

Ethylene carrier completes maiden voyage

17 November 2010
The first Chinese-owned ethylene chemical carrier has completed its maiden voyage, reported Seatrade....

Action taken to combat Xiangjiang’s low water levels

17 November 2010
The central province of Hunan has started releasing more water from upstream reservoirs to boost near record low water levels in the middle and lower reaches of the Xiangjiang River, according to the Ministry of Water Resourc...

K+N looks inland for future growth

17 November 2010
Kuehne + Nagel plans to expand its China operations in 2011, especially in the areas of inland ports and trucking, reported IFW....

Final tracks laid on Beijing-Shanghai railway

17 November 2010
The final tracks have been laid on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, state media reported. When it opens in 2012, the 1,318km line will be the world’s longest high-speed railway....

Airlines poised to cut domestic fares

17 November 2010
Chongqing Evening News reported that some Chinese airlines are offering discounted tickets to win back passengers they lost due to a rise in fuel costs. Airlines in the country have doubled fuel surcharges for adult passen...

Chongqing exports grow 58%

17 November 2010
Chongqing’s total import and export value in the first 10 months of 2010 reached US$9.12bn, up 49 per cent compared with the same period in 2009....

Work starts on rail transport park

17 November 2010
Construction has begun on a Rmb100bn rail transport industrial park in Chongqing’s Liangjiang New Area....

Nanjing offers subsidies to shipping lines

10 November 2010
In an effort to accelerate the growth of regular container services to and from Nanjing, the local government announced a raft of measures on 2 November with immediate effect....

Suzhou throughput rises 36%

10 November 2010
Suzhou port, the administration umbrella for Taicang, Changshu and Zhangjiagang terminals, reported a throughput increase of 36 per cent to 2.98m TEU in the first 10 months of 2010....

Three Gorges expressway completed ahead of schedule

10 November 2010
The Three Gorges Fanba expressway was completed 18 months ahead of schedule, according to the Yangtze River Administration....

Zhangjiagang DG throughput passes 11m tons

10 November 2010
Zhangjiagang Maritime Safety Authorities released statistics on 9 November that showed that the terminal recorded a dangerous cargo throughput in the first 10 months of the year of 11.04m tons....

Water pollution control a priority in next five-year plan

10 November 2010
The control of water pollution has been included in China’s 12th five-year plan (2011-15), the first time the subject has featured in a five-year plan, reported China Daily. Wang Bin, deputy director of the departmen...

China Southern joins SkyTeam air cargo alliance

10 November 2010
China Southern Cargo has joined the SkyTeam Cargo alliance, whose other members include Aeromexico Cargo, Air France Cargo, Alitalia Cargo, Czech Airlines Cargo, Delta Cargo, KLM Cargo and Korean Air Cargo....

China to boost railways spending

10 November 2010
The Chinese government plans to invest Rmb3,500bn in railway construction during the 12th five-year plan (2011-15), reported China Economic Review quoting an unnamed official from the Ministry of Railways....

High-speed rail plans under review

10 November 2010
The Ministry of Railways is conducting a review of China’s high-speed rail plans after a report by the China Academy of Science raised questions about their affordability and practicality. In the report submitted to...

Railway cargo volume up 12% in first 10 months

10 November 2010
Between January and October 2010 the volume of cargo carried on China’s railways totalled more than 3bn tons, an increase of nearly 12 per cent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Railways....

Guangan-Luzhou expressway to open in 2015

10 November 2010
Local governments have pledged to provide Rmb15.6bn to fund the construction of the Guangan-Chongqing-Luzhou expressway by 2015, according to a Chongqing government website. Connecting the Sichuan cities of Guangan and Luz...

Radio station starts national road traffic reports

10 November 2010
China Central Radio has started a daily traffic report on the channel Beijing FM106.1....

AMD to expand capacity in Suzhou

10 November 2010
Advanced Micro Devices, the US-headquartered microprocessor manufacturer, will expand output capacity at a plant in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, reported China Knowledge....

Auto parts firm starts to build Nanjing plant

10 November 2010
ArvinMeritor, the US-based automobile component maker, has started to build a new R&D centre and manufacturing plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu province....

CNPC builds Chongqing gas storage base

10 November 2010
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China’s largest oil and gas producer, is to invest Rmb11.6bn on constructing a gas storage base in Chongqing municipality....

Longxin tops list of motorcycle exporters

10 November 2010
Chongqing Longxin Engine was the largest exporter of motorcycles in the first nine months of this year with a total export value of US$290m, according to a report released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers....

High-tech firms head for Chongqing

10 November 2010
Taiwan-based personal computer maker Acer has selected Chongqing as the location for its second major manufacturing centre in mainland China. The company has already established a major operations centre in Shanghai....

Chongqing Iron & Steel completes Australia acquisition

10 November 2010
Chongqing Iron & Steel has completed the acquisition of a 60 per cent stake in Asia Iron Holdings for Rmb1.8bn, according to various sources. This follows the signing of a framework agreement last November....

Yangtze dredging project begins

3 November 2010
A major dredging programme started on 1 November to increase the water depth of the Yangtze to 12.5 metres all the way up to Nanjing....

More vessels sign up to Three Gorges GPS programme

3 November 2010
The Three Gorges GPS vessel management programme, promoted by the Three Gorges Navigation Administration, has been adopted by an increasing number of shipping lines and their vessels, according to the administration....

Yangtze throughput continues upward trend

3 November 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that the throughput of general cargo at the major ports on the Yangtze trunkline jumped by 14.4 per cent year-on-year in October 2010 to 118m tons, while that of container...

Zhangjiagang begins importing Honduran iron ore

3 November 2010
The Bahamas-registered ‘Clipper Trader’ arrived at Zhangjiagang port on 2 November, carrying 27,804 tons of iron ore worth US$3.66m. This was the port’s first ever shipment of iron ore from Honduras....

SIPG acquires control of Yangshan

3 November 2010
Shanghai International Port Group is to own phases two and three of Yangshan deepwater terminal, reported Shanghai Daily....

DHL signs Shanghai partnership deal

3 November 2010
The forwarding division of DHL in China has signed a partnership agreement with the state-owned Shanghai Lingang Free Trade Port Economic Development Co, reported IFW....

Warehousing costs set to rise

3 November 2010
A shortage of warehouse space in major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai will lead to a continuation of higher rental rates in the coming year, according to an executive from CB Richard Ellis quoted by China Economic Review...

Chongqing approves ambitious rail plan

3 November 2010
Chongqing mayor Huang Qifan chaired a government meeting recently that approved the city’s rail construction plan for the 12th five-year period (2011-15)....

Yichang-Wanzhou railway starts track testing

3 November 2010
The 377km Yichang-Wanzhou railway, one of the most technically challenging ever to be built in China, has started the track testing phase. Trains departed Yichang at a speed of 80-160kph to collect track data for analysis....

SMIC to invest in Wuhan chip plant

3 November 2010
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp, the largest contract chip maker in mainland China, has signed a cooperation agreement with Wuhan East Lake Hi-Tech Development Zone Administrative Committee to jointly invest in...

FAW-VW to build Chengdu plant

3 November 2010
FAW-Volkswagen Automobile intends to spend around Rmb15bn to build a plant in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, with an annual output of 600,000 autos, various sources reported....

First Dell, now Lenovo invests in Chengdu

3 November 2010
Lenovo Group is to build a new business centre in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province as part of its efforts to expand business in western China. China Daily reported that the country’s largest PC maker plans to inv...
October 2010

Premier says sustainability is key to Yangtze modernisation

27 October 2010
Premier Wen Jiabao visited Wuhan Yangluo terminal on 22 October....

Logistics visit to Jiujiang

27 October 2010
Changhe Suzuki, the world’s leading fibreglass producer Jushi Group, solar energy competent specialist Sornid Hi-Tech and cellulose manufacturer Sateri International are just some of the companies that will be visited d...

Changshu MSA issues severe weather warning

27 October 2010
On 24 October, a strong cold front from the north and Typhoon Megi from the south caused the first severe weather of the autumn in the Changshu section of the Yangtze Mouth....

Sick crew member’s vessel escorted to Nantong

27 October 2010
At 11pm on 24 October, Nantong Waterway Rescue Centre received a fax from a shipping agent saying that a Korean crew member on board one of its vessels suffered a stroke and needed emergency treatment....

Three Gorges reservoir reaches peak level

27 October 2010
The water level in the Three Gorges reservoir rose to its maximum level of 175 metres on 26 October, raising electricity output to capacity at the world’s largest hydropower plant for the first time, said Cao Guangjing...

TCC service to call at Qingdao

27 October 2010
No-frills carrier The Containership Company (TCC) has decided to expand its current services from China to Los Angeles to include a call at Qingdao, in addition to Ningbo and Taicang....

Fedex boss calls for improved Customs procedures

27 October 2010
International express delivery company FedEx has called on the Chinese government to speed up Customs procedures to help improve supply chain competitiveness, reported IFW....

China increases petrol prices

27 October 2010
On 26 October China increased retail petrol and diesel prices by Rmb230 and Rmb220 per tonne, respectively, said the National Development and Reform Commission on its website....

First metro in interior starts operation in Chengdu

27 October 2010
The first phase of Chengdu’s Rmb8bn No.1 metro line has started operation. The 18.5km-long line has 17 stops and runs in a north south direction through the centre of the city....

Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed line begins operation

27 October 2010
On 26 October high-speed trains began travelling between Shanghai and Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province....

Second delay in Shanghai-Nanjing express rail service

27 October 2010
On the afternoon of 16 October, a fault in the Zhenjiang section of the Shanghai-Nanjing express railway caused delays to more than 10 train services and the cancellation of four Shanghai-bound services....

Shanghai port extends lead over Singapore

27 October 2010
Container throughput at Shanghai port increased 14.3 per cent year-on-year in September to 2.54m TEU, according to the Shanghai Custom Inspection Department....

Volvo looks to Chengdu

27 October 2010
Carmaker Volvo will probably establish a plant in Chengdu, Sichuan province, according to company executives quoted by Xinhua....

Midea starts building Wuhan plant

27 October 2010
GD Midea Holdings, China’s leading household appliance producer, has started building a Rmb1bn kitchenware plant in Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone....

Korea opens Wuhan consulate

27 October 2010
The South Korean Consulate General in Wuhan opened on 25 October, its eighth consulate in China and its first located in the centre of the country....

Chongqing economy grows strongly in first three quarters

27 October 2010
Chongqing’s GDP grew 17.1 per cent in the first nine months of 2010 to Rmb563.17bn, according to the municipality’s statistics bureau....

Shipping channel change under Wuhan bridge

20 October 2010
Wuhan Waterway Bureau announced on 14 October that vessels sailing downstream now need to pass under the No.7 arch of the Wuhan Yangtze Bridge rather than the No.6 arch so as to make way for engineering work on the city&rsquo...

Jingzhou MSA move to help cotton pickers

20 October 2010
Maritime safety authorities have recently mobilised extra manpower to escort vessels that carry cotton pickers across the Jingzhou stretch of the Yangtze....

Three Gorges safe sites listed for vessels in distress

20 October 2010
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities have published for the first time a list of 33 safe locations in the Three Gorges Reservoir for vessels in distress....

Logistics centre opens in Yangshan

20 October 2010
China-based Orient International Logistics has officially opened a logistics centre in Shanghai’s Yangshan deepwater terminal following a four-month trial period....

Rail cargo volumes increase 12%

20 October 2010
China’s railways transported 2.72bn tons of cargo in the first nine months of this year, up 12.1 per cent year-on-year....

China to develop even faster trains

20 October 2010
China has begun research and development on a new ‘super-speed’ railway technology, an official with the Ministry of Railways was quoted as saying by Xinhua....

High-speed delay

20 October 2010
Travellers on a Nanjing-Shanghai high-speed train experienced a delay of nearly two hours on 17 October, according to Shanghaiist.com....

Railway to connect Kunming with Burma

20 October 2010
Burma plans to construct a railway that will link the deep-sea port of Kyaukphyu with Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, according to Weekly Eleven News. The line is targeted to be completed in 2015, when it will be expe...

Further climb in air cargo volumes

20 October 2010
Air traffic in China continued to soar in September, according to figures released by two of the country’s largest carriers....

Caterpillar plans new factory in Jiangsu

20 October 2010
Caterpillar is to produce mini hydraulic excavator models at a new facility in Wujiang, a city located to the south of Suzhou in southern Jiangsu province....

Chongqing starts flyover construction

20 October 2010
Construction started on 18 October on the biggest flyover in China’s interior. Located in Chongqing’s Liangjiang (Two Rivers) New Zone, the Rmb390m Yuzui flyover is scheduled to be completed by end of next year....

Foreign trade soars in Jiangsu

20 October 2010
Jiangsu’s foreign trade value increased 42 per cent year-on-year to US$338.37bn in the first three quarters of 2010, according to the provincial Customs office....

DCM to build new coatings plants

20 October 2010
Dow Coating Materials plans to invest US$25m to expand capacity in the China market by the end of 2011, especially in second- and third-tier cities, said the company’s Asia-Pacific general manager Bruce Hoechner....

Chengdu attracts more hi-tech investment

20 October 2010
Texas Instruments has established its first manufacturing plant in Chengdu, Sichuan province, according to China Knowledge....

Lifan gets approval for Shanghai IPO

20 October 2010
The Chongqing-based auto and motorcycle manufacturer Lifan Industry Group has won approval from the China Securities Regulatory Commission to list in Shanghai, reported Bloomberg....

Jiangxi presses on with plan to withdraw old vessels

13 October 2010
The provincial government of Jiangxi has decided to proceed with its ambitious plan to withdraw old vessels, starting from October....

Nantong port handles big rise in dangerous cargo

13 October 2010
Statistics from Nantong Maritime Safety Authorities (MSA) show that the amount of dangerous cargo handled by the city’s port during the first three-quarters of 2010 exceeded the total for the whole of last year....

Chongqing starts second phase of container terminal

13 October 2010
Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifang has officially declared the beginning of phase two construction of Guoyuan terminal, the largest intermodal container terminal in China’s interior....

Largest dry bulk carrier completed in a Yangtze shipyard

13 October 2010
Wuhan-based Qingshan Shipyard, part of Sinotrans Yangtze Shipping Group, has finished building the 57,000 dwt ‘Guangzhou Development 4’, the largest dry bulk carrier ever built in a Yangtze yard....

China extends shipbuilding lead

13 October 2010
Output from China’s shipbuilding industry totalled Rmb424.8bn in the first eight months of 2010, up 23.4 percent year-on-year....

Glacier shrinkage set to worsen drought problem

13 October 2010
The average area of glaciers in western China might shrink by 27 per cent by 2050 because of global warming, according to a report released at the recent UN climate talks in Tianjin....

Seventeen die in Jiangsu road crash

13 October 2010
A collision between an intercity bus and a cement truck on a foggy highway outside Nanjing in Jiangsu province killed at least 17 people, according to state media....

New line set to cut Wuhan-Chongqing journey time

13 October 2010
The Yichang-Wanzhou railway in southwest China is expected to be open to traffic in mid-to-late November, said a local government website....

Johnson Controls to build Chongqing battery plant

13 October 2010
Johnson Controls, the world’s largest supplier of automotive batteries, is to invest US$118m to build a plant in Chongqing, its third in China....

Output rise for Chongqing Iron & Steel

13 October 2010
Chongqing Iron & Steel produced 324,300 tons of steel in September, 49 per cent more than in the same month in 2009....

Pfizer sets up research centre in Wuhan

13 October 2010
Pfizer has officially opened a global research and development centre for radiation biology and drug development in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province....

Rural areas benefit from Chongqing investment

13 October 2010
Fixed assets investment in Chongqing between January and August 2010 increased 30 per cent year-on-year to Rmb365.58bn, Chongqing Statistics Bureau announced....

Yangtze cargo throughput rises in September

6 October 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that throughput of general cargo on the Yangtze trunkline increased by 15.2 per cent year-on-year in September to 120m tons, while container throughput rose nearly 20 per...

Yangtze MSAs start DG inspection programme

6 October 2010
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities have begun a month-long inspection programme of terminals and vessels....

Wuhu MSA warns of safety risks during crab season

6 October 2010
Officials from Wuhu Maritime Safety Authority are working with the local fishery department to warn local farmers and fishermen against catching crabs in or near the Yangtze shipping lane....

Taicang invests in timber capacity expansion

6 October 2010
Taicang is to invest Rmb150m in an expansion project that will increase the port’s annual timber-handling capacity to 4.5m cubic metres, said Mr Li Rurong, general manager of Taicang International Containers Terminals....

Water diversion investment revealed

6 October 2010
China expects to have invested a total of Rmb140.5bn in its south-to-north water diversion project between 2006 and 2010, the country’s water diversion authority has announced....

Wärtsilä shifts propeller production to Zhenjiang

6 October 2010
Wärtsilä, the Finland-based manufacturer of diesel and gas engines for use in powering ships and electricity generation, has signed an agreement with Zhenjiang CME to invest €12m in a new propeller-manufacturin...

Odfjell cancels order for three chemical tankers

6 October 2010
Odfjell, which specialises in the transportation and storage of bulk liquid chemicals, has cancelled three out of six chemical tankers it had ordered from Chongqing Chuandong Shipbuilding Industry at the beginning of 2008....

Steel demand predicted to slow

6 October 2010
Steel demand growth in China is set to slow, according to a report published by the World Steel Association....

China-Mongolia highway to promote coal transport

6 October 2010
A Rmb2.51bn highway connecting China and Mongolia is expected to be built jointly by the two countries, Xinhua reported. Some 245km long, the new road will run from the southwest of Mongolia to Ganqimaodu, a border town in...

More direct air services to Taiwan approved

6 October 2010
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office has confirmed that the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China has approved up to 36 additional direct cross-Strait frequencies, to be operated by Taiwan airlines....

Nantong to promote new energy-powered vehicles

6 October 2010
Nantong in Jiangsu province has become one of the 25 cities chosen to pilot new energy-powered vehicles. This is part of an ambitious plan by the central government to promote new energy fuel across China....

Second runway completed in Chongqing

6 October 2010
Construction of Chongqing airport’s second runway has been completed, according to a municipal government website....
September 2010

Fall in Yangtze bulk index

29 September 2010
The Yangtze Dry Bulk Index, compiled by Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport, declined 2 per cent in September to 805.87. One sub-category of the index, coal, slumped 5.22 per cent to 767.62....

Jiangsu claims 35% of new ship orders

29 September 2010
Sources from Jiangsu government revealed that, during the first eight months of 2010, the province’s major shipyards secured orders for new vessels totalling nearly 2.5m dead weight tons, accounting to 35 per cent of th...

Go West policies create new consumers in interior

29 September 2010
Central government policies designed to speed up the development of China’s interior are having a major impact on the lives of rural households, according to a Xinhua report....

Poverty hard to eliminate, admits Sichuan official

29 September 2010
Senior officials in some of the poorest provinces in China’s interior admit that their battle against extreme poverty remains tough despite the progress made over the past 10 years, according to an article on the State...

Chengdu’s first metro starts operation

29 September 2010
The first phase of Chengdu’s No.1 metro line started operation on 29 September after more than four years of construction....

Work starts on Tibet railway extension

29 September 2010
Construction work began on 26 September on an extension of the Qinghai-Tibet railway, AFP reported....

UPS to apply for domestic China licence

29 September 2010
UPS plans to apply this week for a domestic parcel licence from China’s State Post Bureau, according to a report by the Financial Times....

Ford to build new engine plant in Chongqing

29 September 2010
Changan Ford Mazda Automobile is to build a new engine manufacturing plant in Chongqing at a cost of US$500m....

Shippers claim China is slowing handling of Japan goods

29 September 2010
Logistics companies claim that China has stepped up customs inspections of goods shipped to and from Japan, according to a report by AP....

Gree starts to build air conditioner base in Chongqing

29 September 2010
Construction started officially on 28 September of Gree Electric Appliances’ refrigeration industrial park in Chongqing....

Yueyang posts strong rise in container throughput

22 September 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that Yueyang’s container throughput in the first eight months of 2010 increased by 45 per cent year-on-year to 82,000 TEU, while that of general cargo grew by 12 per...

China to step up flood control measures

22 September 2010
Following the heavy rainstorms experienced this summer, China’s State Council has stressed the importance of improving improve river controls and preventing mountain floods....

Wuhu announces port expansion

22 September 2010
Shanghai-listed port operator Wuhu Port Storage & Transportation is to invest Rmb516m to expand handling capacity at its Zhujiaqiao terminal in the Yangtze River port of Wuhu, Anhui province....

Service frequency increase on Wuhan-Guangzhou line

22 September 2010
From 20 September, daily train services on one of China’s busiest railway lines –the Wuhan-Guangzhou express railway −were increased from 63 to 80 each way....

Cargoitalia starts Milan-Shanghai flights

22 September 2010
Italy’s Cargoitalia has started twice-weekly direct scheduled services between Shanghai Pudong airport and Milan, reported Cargonews Asia....

AirBridgeCargo targets central China

22 September 2010
AirBridgeCargo Airlines, part of Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Group, has started a twice-weekly all-cargo service between Zhengzhou airport in Henan province and Frankfurt, via Moscow....

Wuhu to introduce taxi security cameras

22 September 2010
Security cameras are to operate in all taxis in the city of Wuhu, Anhui province, according to a Xinhua report. The cameras, which will be installed in more than 3,000 taxis, are intended to keep drivers safe....

Maiden Europe flight for HP notebooks

22 September 2010
The first batch of HP notebooks made in Chongqing and flown to Europe has been transported to Belgium in just over 10 hours....

Digital Waterway completed in lower reaches

22 September 2010
The pilot project of the Digital Waterway programme on the 369km stretch of the Yangtze River between Liuhekou, Taicang and Nanjing was officially completed on 20 September, according to China News Services....

Chongqing to target Africa as a major consumer market

22 September 2010
The director of Chongqing Municipal Commission of Foreign Trade Li Jianchun said that local companies will be encouraged to target Africa as a major consumer market, following a recent fact-finding mission to the city by 16 s...

Taicang becomes sister port of Kaohsiung

22 September 2010
Taicang and Kaohsiung signed an agreement on 21 September to become sister ports....

Yangtze water level rises unexpectedly

15 September 2010
Yangtze maritime officials warned on Tuesday 14 September that the water level at Zhicheng in Yichang, immediately downstream of the Three Gorges Dam, had risen by two metres....

Barge capsizes near Three Gorges shiplocks

15 September 2010
On the evening of 10 September, the barge ‘Wangang 698’ carrying metal ore capsized after colliding into the navigation wall at the lower end of the northern shiplocks of the Three Gorges dam, the side that vessel...

Anhui to invest in Yangtze to attract industry

15 September 2010
Anhui provincial government vowed to increase investment in the Yangtze waterway to help facilitate industrial relocation from the coast to the interior, a waterway summit held in Wuhu was told on 13 September....

Yangtze-Mississippi Strategic Cooperation Forum

15 September 2010
The Honorable David T....

Taicang doubles direct services to Taiwan

15 September 2010
The Yangtze River port of Taicang has launched two additional direct services to Taiwan, reported Xinhua, bringing a total of four regular weekly services to this route. The port, situated about 50km upstream of Shanghai...

Shanghai port poised to eclipse Singapore

15 September 2010
Shanghai looks set to become world’s busiest container port this year as August figures put it ahead of Singapore in throughput....

Flood risk map in preparation

15 September 2010
Chinese authorities are drawing up a national flood risk map in an attempt to improve disaster control following the worst flooding in a decade earlier this year....

Students add to growing train passenger numbers

15 September 2010
China’s railways carried 162m passengers in August, an 8.1 per cent year-on-year growth, thanks to large numbers of students travelling prior to the start of the academic year, according to a statement released by the M...

TNT continues China expansion

15 September 2010
TNT is to invest US$216m in its road distribution network in China, reported IFW....

Direct Chengdu-Tokyo cargo flights begin

15 September 2010
Air China is to launch non-stop flights between Chengdu and Tokyo from 2 September, reported GCTL. The new flights will operate between Chengdu Shuangliu airport and Tokyo Narita airport on Wednesdays and Saturdays....

Chinese pilots found to have lied about qualifications

15 September 2010
An official investigation in China has discovered that more than 200 pilots lied about their qualifications or employment history, reported Aircargo News....

Upturn in air cargo volumes

15 September 2010
China’s leading airlines continued to show improvements in the amount of cargo carried, reported Shanghai Daily....

Ruihua invests in Wuhan electric auto base

15 September 2010
Yuanda Ruihua Electric Automobile has signed a contract to invest Rmb3bn to establish China’s first electric automobile industrial base in Wuhan, reported People’s Daily....

Geely seeks to produce Volvos in China

15 September 2010
Chinese automaker Geely and its newly acquired Volvo plan to build three assembly plants in the country to make Volvo cars, reported the Wall Street Journal, citing Li Shufu, chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group....

Chongqing light rail sections to open in 2010

15 September 2010
Chongqing’s No. 1 light rail section from Chaotianmen to Shapingba and the No. 3 light rail section from Ertang to Jiangbei airport will open for trial operation in 2010, according to the municipal government....

Chongqing FDI rises 54% in first eight months

15 September 2010
According to official statistics, Chongqing attracted 133 foreign invested projects during the first eight months of 2010, with a realised foreign direct investment of US$2bn, up by 54 per cent year-on-year.

Chaina ’10 Live

15 September 2010
Zhang Tingting, Managing Partner at Yangtze Business Services, will speak at the Chaina ’10 Live event in Shanghai in November....

Yangtze container index rises in August

8 September 2010
Statistics released by the Yangtze River Administration, Ministry of Transport showed that container shipping prices rose in August as a result of surge in foreign-related traffic....

Three Gorges Dam gears up for new water level

8 September 2010
The water level of the Three Gorges Dam will be raised to 175 metres for the first time from 10 September, according to the Yangtze Waterway Bureau....

First LNG fuel stations for Yangtze

8 September 2010
Sources from the Yangtze River Administration say that bunkering services for liquefied natural gas will soon be available on the Yangtze....

Officials demand improved Yangtze water quality

8 September 2010
Concern over the poor environmental condition of the Yangtze River and the Three Gorges reservoir area was raised by officials at a recent press conference organised by the State Council Information Office, reported China Dai...

NOL marks official opening in Chongqing

8 September 2010
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan helped commemorate the official opening of NOL’s Global Service Centre in Chongqing on 7 September....

Wuhan rail container hub opens for business

8 September 2010
On 5 September, the 22082 container train service carrying 112 TEU departed Wuhan Rail Container Hub, signalling the beginning of its full operation....

Industrial relocation plan revealed

8 September 2010
The Chinese government has unveiled plans to encourage low-end industries to relocate from coastal areas to inland provinces, reported Xinhua....

Hon Hai to scrap dorm provision in interior

8 September 2010
Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry, best known by its trade name Foxconn, is to change the way it conducts business on the mainland as it shifts its focus to the interior, said company chairman Terry Gou in an intervie...

CAL increases cargo flights to mainland

8 September 2010
China Airlines, Taiwan’s largest carrier, is to start all-cargo flight services between Taoyuan airport, situated about 40km from downtown Taipei, and the mainland cities of Xiamen, Nanjing and Fuzhou to meet rising dem...

Wisco profits rise 90%

8 September 2010
China’s third largest steel producer, Wuhan Iron and Steel, posted a 90 per cent rise in first-half net profit compared with a year earlier, Xinhua reported....

GSI expands in Jiangsu

8 September 2010
The Hong Kong-listed Guangzhou Shipyard International has leased a yard in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province, as it looks to alleviate a logjam of orders....

Chongqing expressway to open early

8 September 2010
The Yunyang-Wushan expressway in Chongqing municipality will be opened to traffic on 20 September, 10 months ahead of schedule, according to a local government website. The 209km-long road, involving an investment of Rmb...

China’s cabinet meeting focuses on Yangtze

1 September 2010
China’s Premier Wen Jiabao chaired a State Council meeting on 25 August that focused on the development of the Yangtze and other inland rivers....

Yangtze throughput up 10.7% in August

1 September 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration, the Ministry of Transport show that cargo throughput reported in the major Yangtze trunkline ports increased by 10.7 per cent year-on-year to 110m tons in August....

Yangtze-Mississippi conference

1 September 2010
The inaugural Yangtze Mississippi Strategic Cooperation Forum will take place between 17 and 19 October in Chongqing....

CSCL returns to profit

1 September 2010
China Shipping Container Lines has reported a first half net profit of Rmb1.17bn, reversing a Rmb3.41bn net loss in the same period last year, Shipping Gazette reported....

Traffic jams plague northern China

1 September 2010
A 30km traffic jam on 27 August brought traffic to a standstill in a Hebei province section of the Beijing-Tibet expressway....

Wuhan adds another direct flight to Taiwan

1 September 2010
Starting from 28 August, Wuhan has added a new direct air service to Taiwan, bringing the weekly total of services to eight....

Air cargo JV wins CNDRC approval

1 September 2010
Air China and Cathay Pacific Airways have received permission from the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission to establish an air cargo joint venture, reported IFW....

Chongqing Iron & Steel confirms plant switch

1 September 2010
In a review of its operations in the first half of 2010, Chongqing Iron & Steel Group confirmed that it has closed its manufacturing operations in Dadukou district and moved to a new facility in Changshou district....

Sinopec announces expansion plans

1 September 2010
Sinopec has said that its subsidiary China Petroleum and Chemical Corp plans to increase annual crude oil processing capacity of Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical by 56 per cent to 12.5m tons, or 251,000 barrels a day....

Pledge to invest more in hydropower

1 September 2010
China will boost its installed hydropower capacity by 90 per cent to 380m kW by 2020 in an effort to meet the country’s pledge at last year's Copenhagen climate conference to generate 15 per cent of its power from non-f...
July 2010

Three Gorges Shiplocks suspended for maintenance

14 July 2010
Maintenance work has started at the Three Gorges shiplocks, according to the Yangtze River Administration....

Former port chairman laments sale to local shipper

14 July 2010
The ex-chairman of Tongling Port Group, Wu Zhaolai, has told Yangtze Business Services that the sale of his former company to a local conglomerate Tongling Chemical Industry Group may not be the best way forward for the devel...

Shanghai port could eclipse Singapore in 2010

14 July 2010
Shanghai may overtake Singapore to become the world’s busiest container port in 2010, according to an article in Straits Times....

China Shipping expects big profits increase

14 July 2010
China Shipping Development expects its first-half 2010 net profit to rise more than 50 per cent from a year earlier, because freight rates and container volume are recovering from the global financial crisis, reported Dow Jon...

China signs log import agreement with Canada

14 July 2010
The Chinese and Canadian governments have reached a trade agreement that should stimulate demand in China for logs from British Columbia, reported Seatrade. From the start of this month, British Columbian logs can be shipp...

Track laying on Yichang-Wanzhou railway to finish soon

14 July 2010
The 377km Yichang-Wanzhou railway project has reached the final stage of its track laying. Tracks were laid down on the Yichang Yangtze Bridge by 11 July and now stretch to Ershi, to the west of Yichang in Hubei province....

ADB funds Wuhan water treatment scheme

14 July 2010
The Asian Development Bank is making a $US100m loan to finance an environmental improvement project in Wuhan, Hubei province, which bank officials say could act as a template for the whole of China....

Chery exports outshine rivals

14 July 2010
Wuhu-based Chery Automobile, one of China’s leading carmakers, exported 38,107 units in the first half of 2010, an increase of 154 per cent year-on-year. This was more than any other domestic car manufacturer....

Chongqing exports climb 58 per cent

14 July 2010
Foreign trade in Chongqing totalled US$5.14bn in the first half of 2010, an increase of 49 per cent year-on-year....

Record cargo volume for Three Gorges shiplocks

7 July 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that a total of 7.27m tons of cargo passed the Three Gorges Dam shiplocks in June, the highest monthly volume since operations began in Jun...

Major Yangtze crackdown on overloaded vessels

7 July 2010
The biggest crackdown on overloaded vessels across the Yangtze and its major tributaries started on 1 July and will last for the remainder of 2010....

Jiujiang imposes shipping restrictions to protect riverbank

7 July 2010
Jiujiang Maritime Safety Authorities started to impose new shipping restrictions from 1 July in an effort to safeguard the riverbank area under its jurisdiction....

Pollution clean-up for water diversion scheme

7 July 2010
Authorities will push ahead with pollution control measures along the eastern route of the south-to-north water diversion project, which has sparked widespread concerns over its poor water quality since construction began eig...

Shanghai on course to beat container forecast

7 July 2010
Boosted by an upturn in trade levels, Shanghai port posted a container throughput of 11.4m TEU between January and May 2010....

Container shortage ‘will take two years to fix’

7 July 2010
Equipment shortages could impact the container shipping sector for up to two years, a major logistics company told IFW....

Changsha-Kunming railway to start construction this year

7 July 2010
The 1,165km Changsha-Kunming railway will start construction this year, according to the State Council Go West office....

NYK opens branches in Wuxi and Wuhan

7 July 2010
NYK Logistics (China), a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan’s NYK, has opened two branches in Yangtze River locations....

Conch starts Chongqing plant

7 July 2010
Anhui Conch Cement Group has started operations at a 5,000 tons a day plant in Chongqing....

Justice official executed in Chongqing

7 July 2010
A former senior justice official in Chongqing was executed on 7 July, the city’s higher court said....
June 2010

Huangshi section of Yangtze bans night sailings for small vessels

30 June 2010
The Yangtze Marine Safety Authorities have announced a night sailing ban on vessels of 300 dwt and below in the Huangshi section of the Yangtze River, about 150km downstream of Wuhan....

Yangtze’s furthest upstream port completes upgrade

30 June 2010
Shuifu port, the furthest upstream port on the Yangtze trunk line, restarted operation on 25 June after three years of construction work....

Yangtze cargo throughput grows 34.5% in June

30 June 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that general cargo volumes continued their upward trend in June, rising 34.5 per cent year-on-year to 128m tons....

Floating chemical drums alert on Yangtze

30 June 2010
The Yangtze Maritime Authorities issued a high alert on 29 June warning that more than 1,000 drums were floating downstream towards Jiujiang in Jiangxi province....

CSCL to impose container surcharge

30 June 2010
China Shipping Container Lines, China’s second-largest container carrier, said it will impose additional surcharges on transpacific shipping from 1 July due to a global shortage of containers....

Heavy lift firm opens Beijing office

30 June 2010
China Shipping-Jumbo Heavy Lift, a joint venture between Jumbo Shipping and China Shipping, has opened a representative office in Beijing, according to Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International. The company, which...

Shanghai-Nanjing high-speed line poised to open

30 June 2010
Train ticket prices on the new Shanghai-Nanjing high-speed line have been set at Rmb146 for standard class and Rmb233 for first-class travel, according to shanghaiist.com....

DHL domestic unit to grow alone

30 June 2010
DHL’s recently established domestic express delivery subsidiary in China is likely to grow organically rather than through acquisition, a senior executive told IFW....

Wisco signs Africa coke deal

30 June 2010
Wuhan Iron and Steel has signed an initial non-binding agreement for US$800m with Australian miner Riversdale Mining to develop a coking coal project in the southeast African country of Mozambique....

Dongfeng starts to build Wuhan engine plant

30 June 2010
Dongfeng Motor Co has started to build an engine plant in Wuhan, capital Hubei province, with production due to begin in the second half of 2011....

Chongqing-Hunan expressway to open in October

30 June 2010
The final construction phase has begun on the Chongqing-Hunan expressway, with the road expected to open in October, said Chongqing Expressway. The expressway will employ traffic signs powered by solar energy, designed to...

Hilton Chongqing allowed to reopen

30 June 2010
The Hilton Hotel in Chongqing was cleared to reopen on 29 June after its operations were suspended nine days earlier for alleged involvement in prostitution and gang-related activities, local police said....

DHL launches direct Shanghai-Taiwan LCL service

23 June 2010
DHL has announced the launch of a direct less than container load (LCL) weekly service from Shanghai to Keelung in Taiwan....

Changshu posts big increase in vessel steel exports

23 June 2010
Statistics from Changshu Inspection and Quarantine Bureau show that for the first five months of the year, a total of 5,120 tons of vessel steel plates were exported via Changshu, a Yangtze port city in Jiangsu province....

Frequency raised on Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway

23 June 2010
The Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed passenger railway will run up to 65 train services each way from the current daily total of 33 from 1 July, reported the Wuhan-based Yangtze Daily....

Railways urged to prioritise coal transport

23 June 2010
The Ministry of Railways has urged local railway authorities to prioritise coal transport to alleviate China’s electricity shortage in the lead-up to the peak electricity-consumption period. Xinhua reported the minis...

MoR vows to triple rail length in Xinjiang

23 June 2010
The provincial government of Xinjiang autonomous region signed an agreement with the Ministry of Railways on 10 June to speed up construction of the region’s rail network....

TNT to investigate India-China trucking services

23 June 2010
The express delivery company TNT is examining the feasibility of cross-border trucking services between India and China, reported IFW....

Air Cargo China cleared by EC

23 June 2010
The proposed merger of the cargo operations of Air China and Cathay Pacific has been given the green light by the European Commission to fly in Europe’s air space....

Flood death toll rises in southern China

23 June 2010
Heavy rain across much of southern China over the last week has killed at least 199 people and left 123 missing. Economic losses currently stand at around Rmb42.12bn, with more than 1.6m hectares of farmland flooded and ab...

Wuhan starts tree adoption scheme

23 June 2010
The administration committee of Wuhan Bund announced on 22 June that trees along the river banks in Hankou, Hanyang and Hanjiang districts are now open to the public for adoption....

Chongqing undertakes sewage clean up

23 June 2010
About 196 drainage outlets in the downtown Chongqing and Three Gorges Reservoir areas are to be rerouted this year to flow into sewage treatment plants....

Hilton Chongqing closed due to suspected prostitution ring

23 June 2010
The Hilton Chongqing has been closed indefinitely by the police....

Record throughput for Chinese ports in May

16 June 2010
Container throughput at China’s ports reached a record monthly high of 12.4m TEU in May, up 21.9 per cent year-on year, according to Alphaliner, the Paris-based container shipping consultancy....

Shanghai posts all-time container high

16 June 2010
According to Shanghai International Port Group figures reported by the Yangtze River Administration, Shanghai recorded a throughput of 2.56m TEU in May, up 22.6 per cent over the same period last year....

30m fry released into Yangtze

16 June 2010
A total of 30.46m young fish were released into the Yangtze River in Jiangyin on 12 June in a bid to increase fish stocks....

Three Gorges area to begin land inspection

16 June 2010
Senior officials in charge of preventing land disasters in the Three Gorges area announced on 15 June that they would start large-scale land inspection before the onset of the flood season. The length of both river banks i...

New coal port for Liaoning province

16 June 2010
Construction of a coal port started on 12 June in Jinzhou, a city in northeast China’s Liaoning province. The port is designed to boost the transport of coal from Inner Mongolia autonomous region to southern China....

Schenker launches more LCL services

16 June 2010
DB Schenker, the transport and logistics arm of Germany’s Deutsche Bahn, has launched four new weekly less-than-container-load services from Guangzhou in Guangdong province....

Lufthansa starts Tianjin-Frankfurt cargo service

16 June 2010
Germany’s Lufthansa Cargo has started its first air route between Europe and northern China....

New Taipei-Shanghai air route opened

16 June 2010
Passenger flights have been inaugurated between Songshan airport in Taipei and Hongqiao in Shanghai....

Wuhan company wins mine exploration rights in Philippines

16 June 2010
Wuhan Shan De Xin Mining Investment said that it had won the right to explore a major chrome mine in the Philippines, after four years of investigating sites in South Africa, Turkey, India and the Philippines, according to a...

Carlsberg increases Chongqing Brewery stake

16 June 2010
Carlsberg, the world’s fourth-largest brewer, has signed a deal to increase its stake in Chongqing Brewery by 12.25 per cent for US$379m. The purchase of the shares from Chongqing’s municipal government will in...

Three die in Chongqing rock fall

16 June 2010
Three people died and two were injured when rocks falling from a mountain hit a car and a truck on 12 June in Chongqing municipality, the local government said. The accident happened in Wulong county on State Highway 319...

Accor to open two Nanjing hotels

16 June 2010
France-based Accor is to open two Novotel hotels in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province....

Nantong foreign trade volume rises 4.8% January-May

9 June 2010
Statistics from the Nantong MSA show that 2,319 international vessels arrived and departed Nantong port in the first five months of 2010....

Taicang posts record monthly container volume

9 June 2010
The port of Taicang, located close to Shanghai in Jiangsu province, handled 192,700 TEU in April....

SIPG sets up Yangtze subsidiary

9 June 2010
Lloyd’s List reported that Shanghai International Port Group has formed a domestic shipping subsidiary with total assets of around Rmb10bn....

Logwin starts new Shanghai facilities

9 June 2010
Germany-based logistics provider Logwin is upgrading and expanding its facilities in Shanghai as demand grows in China for value-added logistics services in the fashion retail sector, reported CargoNews Asia. The company h...

Shanghai air freight prices surge in April

9 June 2010
Air freight prices out of Shanghai in April jumped 18.4 per cent over the previous month to their highest level so far in 2010, according to an index compiled by Drewry Shipping Consultants....

Tianjin implements paperless air cargo system

9 June 2010
The International Air Transport Association’s e-freight standard became operational in China when Tianjin Binhai International Airport became the first airport to implement the international e-freight standard....

Truckers block major road in Shenzhen

9 June 2010
Truckers in south China who are seeking higher earnings reportedly blocked a main road leading to terminals in western Shenzhen on 3 June, according to Journal of Commerce....

Chongqing to invest Rmb177bn in downtown regeneration

9 June 2010
According to a recent story published by Chongqing Evening News, Chongqing government will spend Rmb177bn this year on 650 renovation projects to improve the appearance of the downtown area, an increase of Rmb40bn over last y...

Work completed on Tangxihe Bridge

9 June 2010
Main work on the Tangxihe Bridge in Chongqing was completed on 7 June, according to the municipal government....

Yangtze cargo throughput up 28% in May

2 June 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that cargo throughput on the trunk line rose 28.3 per cent year-on-year to 121m tons in May 2010, an increase of 5.8 per cent over the previous month....

China container volume rises 23% in April

2 June 2010
Chinese ports recorded a container throughput of 11.08m TEU in April, up 23.2 per cent year-on-year, according to Ministry of Transport statistics quoted by Xinhua....

Yangtze Dry Bulk Index rises 1% in May

2 June 2010
The monthly Yangtze Dry Bulk Index edged up 0.99 per cent in May to 814.51. Due to lower prices of steel, demand for iron ore was suppressed, resulting in a continued downward trend in the commodity’s shipping price....

Ministry of Transport vows to standardise vessels in 10 years

2 June 2010
A Ministry of Transport task force for the vessel standardisation programme convened for the first time on 27 May, vowing to build a fleet of standardised vessels for rivers within 10 years....

PetroChina to complete Dalian LNG wharf by year-end

2 June 2010
PetroChina said it plans to complete construction of China’s largest liquefied natural gas wharf in Dalian, Liaoning province, by the end of 2010....

Nanjing government buys 80% stake in Yangtze tunnel

2 June 2010
Nanjing government signed an agreement on 26 May to buy China Railway Construction Co’s 80 per cent holding of the city’s road tunnel under the Yangtze River....

CFMA and DPCA start car recalls

2 June 2010
Chongqing-based Changan Ford Mazda Automobile has started a recall of 236,643 Focus cars because of a problem that causes vehicles to stall, said China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Qua...

Qingling Auto to set up global sourcing centre in Chongqing

2 June 2010
Japan’s Isuzu is to establish a global sourcing centre in Chongqing and enlarge production capacity at its joint venture with Qingling Automobile to 120,000 units by 2012 from 40,000 at present, according to a municipal...
May 2010

Yangtze MSA warns of heavy summer storms

26 May 2010
Yangtze maritime safety authorities have warned of heavy storms this summer....

Canadian port seeks tie-up with Chongqing

26 May 2010
CentrePort Canada, based in Winnipeg, has signed an MOU with Cuntan container terminal in Chongqing to exploit increasing trade and investment between the two countries....

Blueprint approved to develop ports in east Sichuan

26 May 2010
The blueprint for Nanchong port has recently been approved by Sichuan provincial government, the provincial transport authorities announced on 24 May....

Landslide causes fatal train crash in Jiangxi

26 May 2010
A major landslide in Jiangxi province on 23 May derailed a passing train on the Shanghai-Kunming railway line and caused 19 deaths....

Signs to change on Nanjing’s major expressways

26 May 2010
Work has begun to change all sign boards on Nanjing’s three major national expressways, according to the city’s transport officials....

Yangtze Delta development plan approved

26 May 2010
The State Council has approved a plan to develop the Yangtze River Delta into a key international gateway for the Asia-Pacific region, said the National Development and Reform Commission....

CAAC cedes control over premium class airfares

26 May 2010
The China Civil Aviation Authority has decided to release control over first class and business class airfares....

Major increase in direct flights to Taiwan

26 May 2010
Mainland China and Taiwan will add 100 direct passenger flights and 20 cargo flights a week to keep up with two-way trade worth an annual US$109bn, according to Taiwanese civil aviation officials quoted by Reuters....

Government urges airlines to merge cargo businesses

26 May 2010
China’s central government is urging the country’s three largest airlines − Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern − to merge their cargo operations so as to compete with foreign carriers...

Goodman to build logistics hub near Beijing

26 May 2010
Goodman Group, the Australia-based logistics property developer, plans to build a 5 sq km logistics hub between Beijing and Tianjin over the next seven years....

WuSteel allowed to invest in African iron ore deposits

26 May 2010
China’s third largest steelmaker Wuhan Iron and Steel Group has received approval from the National Development and Reform Commission to acquire two assets in Africa that are expected to contribute nearly 2bn tons of ir...

Faster train route opened between Chongqing and Shenzhen

26 May 2010
A railway route dedicated to transporting goods between Chongqing and Shenzhen in Guangdong province has recently gone into service....

Surge in Shanghai port throughput

19 May 2010
Shanghai International Port Group, the operator of Shanghai port, increased its cargo throughput by 17.5 per cent year-on-year to 35.53m tonnes in April, China Knowledge Press reported....

Chiwan invests in northern port

19 May 2010
Shenzhen Chiwan Wharf Holding, part of China Merchants Group, has acquired a 40 per cent stake in Zhonghai Port Development, the container operator of Laizhou port in Shandong province....

Northern ports emerge strongest from downturn

19 May 2010
China’s 10 largest container ports posted an overall volume increase of 26.2 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2010 to 26.02m TEU....

Direct Seattle-Beijing flights from June

19 May 2010
Delta Air Lines has received final approval from the Chinese government to launch non-stop flights between Seattle and Beijing starting from 4 June. The new route will operate five times a week. Delta, based in Atlanta...

Sharp rise in express delivery volumes

19 May 2010
China’s express industry package volume increased 24 per cent to 470m pieces in the first quarter of 2010, according to statistics published by China Post. Revenues increased 24 per cent to Rmb12.4bn....

Manufacturing investment rises 37% in Chongqing

19 May 2010
Fixed-asset investment in Chongqing municipality increased 31 per cent year-on-year to Rmb128.98bn in the first four months of this year, according to the local statistics bureau. Investment in manufacturing rose 36.5 per...

Walmart to open ninth Chongqing store

19 May 2010
Walmart is due to sign an agreement at the end of this month to open its ninth store in Chongqing, according to a municipal government website....

Wuhan firm fined for vessel collision

19 May 2010
Senior managers of Wuhan South Fuel Shipping Co were summoned before the Yangtze River Administration, under the Ministry of Transport, for an official dressing-down on 12 May after one of its vessels collided with a passenge...

Nanjing port continues RTG switch to ‘green fuel’

19 May 2010
Nanjing port has started a second round of renovation on eight of its rubber-tyre gantries in an attempt to reduce fuel costs and carbon emissions....

Official lightening operations end in Yichang

19 May 2010
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities said that the emergency measure to lighten cargo vessels at Yichang during the six-month dry season has ended....

China’s shipyards face new round of consolidation

19 May 2010
Experts attending the Nanjing International Shipbuilding Fair believe that China’s shipyards will face a new round of consolidation over the next two years because of a drying up of orders that began with the onset of t...

Liangjiang New Area approved by State Council

19 May 2010
Chongqing’s plan to develop Liangjiang (Two Rivers) New Area has been approved the State Council, according to China News Services on 17 May....

Special weather forecast for Yangtze region

12 May 2010
China Meteorological Administration has set up a station in Wuhan to provide a special forecast for the Yangtze valley region....

Wuhan New Port to launch Hong Kong road show

12 May 2010
Wuhan New Port Administration is to take its first road show to Hong Kong between 17-19 May in an effort to attract foreign investors....

Scientists forecast major earthquake in Jiangsu

12 May 2010
The deputy director of Jiangsu Seismological Bureau Mr Ni Yuewei and three of his scientists in charge of forecasting, emergency response and disaster prevention stated during an online chat show that a major earthquake of at...

Barge collides with anchored DG vessel

12 May 2010
At 1am on 11 May, an Anhui-registered self-propelled barge fled the scene after colliding with an anchored vessel in the Changzhou section of the Yangtze River....

CMA-GGM adds to Asia-Europe network

12 May 2010
In response to increasing trade volumes, CMA CGM has launched an addition to its Asia-Europe network....

BoC invests in freight railway line

12 May 2010
Bank of China, the country’s third-largest lender by assets, will invest US$1.1bn in a railway line that will be used to transport coal from central Shanxi province to Shandong province on the eastern coast....

Hangzhou-Amsterdam service begins

12 May 2010
Air services have begun between Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, and Amsterdam....

ArvinMeritor invests in Nanjing

12 May 2010
The US automobile parts maker ArvinMeritor plans to invest US$16m in a new technical centre and production facility in Nanjing....

Cuntan bonded area passes state inspection

12 May 2010
The first phase of Cuntan bonded area in Chongqing municipality has passed state appraisal....

Record number of foreign vessels call at Tongling

5 May 2010
Increasing exports of calcite and imports of waste metal have led to a record number of international vessels calling at Tongling port in Anhui province....

Taicang starts another Japan service

5 May 2010
The Jiangsu port of Taicang near the mouth of the Yangtze River has launched a fourth Japan service that will call at Tokyo, Yokohama and Nagoya....

China Natural Gas to test LNG vessel on Yangtze

5 May 2010
China Natural Gas Inc (CHNG) says it is close to completing tests on transporting liquid natural gas (LNG) shipments along the Yangtze River, reported China Oil and Gas Monitor....

Cosco Pacific buys Maersk’s Yantian stake

5 May 2010
AP Moeller-Maersk has sold its minority stake in the southern Chinese port of Yantian to Cosco Pacific, the Hong Kong-listed container port operator....

Resurgent Cosco posts strong Q1 growth

5 May 2010
China Cosco Holdings, the listed subsidiary of Cosco, China’s largest integrated shipping company, reported a much improved performance in the first quarter of 2010....

Building work to start soon on Cuntan bonded zone phase II

5 May 2010
Following the completion of the first phase of Chongqing Lianglu Cuntan Bonded Zone early this year, preparation work for phase two has reached the final stage, according to Chongqing Evening News....

China Southern expects 20% revenue growth in 2010

5 May 2010
China Southern Airlines expects a 20 per cent rise in revenue in 2010 thanks to the robust performance of the Chinese economy, Reuters reported. Executive vice president Chen Gang said revenues would rise to US$7.3bn....

Expo boost for China Cargo Airlines

5 May 2010
China Cargo Airlines, part of China Eastern Airlines, made a profit in the first quarter of 2010 for the first time since 2005, as a result of the upturn in the global air freight market....

Chongqing posts strong air cargo growth

5 May 2010
Chongqing airport recorded a 53 per cent growth in import and export cargo volume to 2,702 tonnes in the first quarter of 2010, reported Xinhua....

Wuhan sets minimum wage for public holidays

5 May 2010
Wuhan’s Human Resources and Social Security Bureau issued a public announcement before the May Day holiday stating that anyone asked to work during the three-day public holiday should be paid three times the worker&rsqu...

Interest wanes in Wuhan land auction

5 May 2010
A Wuhan land auction lost many of its regular bidders following a new round of government policies designed to cool an overheated property market, according to the Yangtze Daily newspaper....

Changan Suzuki raises capacity

5 May 2010
Chongqing Changan Suzuki Automobile, a minicar joint venture between Changan Auto and Suzuki Motors, expects to increase its annual capacity to 180,00 vehicles this year....

Dongfeng Honda to source more parts from Chinese suppliers

5 May 2010
Honda Motor said it plans to buy more parts from Chinese suppliers to cut costs at its auto assembly joint venture with Dongfeng Motor in Wuhan, Hubei province....

ANZ approved to open Chongqing branch

5 May 2010
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group has been approved to set up a branch in Chongqing, its first branch in western China and its fourth in the PRC. An increasing number of financial services companies are being drawn t...
April 2010

Three Gorges shiplocks revert to five-step operation

28 April 2010
Heavy rainfall across the Yangtze region over recent days has raised the river water level substantially, and persuaded the management of Three Gorges shiplocks to revert to the five-step operation from 28 April....

General cargo and container throughput rise in April

28 April 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that the throughput of general cargo via all the major ports along the Yangtze trunk line rose by 33.6 per cent year-on-year to 120m tons in April, 7.7 per cent up on Marc...

Jiangyin to deliver 110 new vessels this year

28 April 2010
According to Jiangyin Maritime Safety Authorities, shipyards in the city of Jiangyin in Jiangsu province expect to deliver 110 new vessels this year....

TS Lines starts China-Australia service

28 April 2010
Taiwan’s TS Lines is launching a new China-Australia service that will call at Ningbo, Shanghai, Hong Kong Shekou, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane....

Air China boosts capacity

28 April 2010
Air China is to add nearly 100 new planes to its fleet by 2012 and boost capacity as demand rebounds in China....

China Eastern opens Chengdu operation

28 April 2010
China Eastern Airlines has opened a branch in Chengdu, Sichuan province, its 13th across the country....

UPS opens Shenzhen hub

28 April 2010
UPS has opened an 89,000 sq metre Asia-Pacific hub at Shenzhen Baoan International Airport in Guangdong province, reported IFW....

Work starts on Chengyu expressway

28 April 2010
Construction work has formally begun on the Chongqing section of the Chengyu (Chengdu-Chongqing) expressway 'multi-line’, which will be the third expressway between the two cities....

Chongqing heads FDI growth table

28 April 2010
Chongqing government statistics show that direct foreign investment in the municipality rose by 48 per cent to US$4.04bn last year, the biggest growth in the country for the second year running....

Zhangjiagang imports record iron ore volume in Q1

21 April 2010
The total volume of imported iron ore arriving in Zhangjiagang port during the first three months of 2010 surged by 175 per cent year-on-year to 1.74m tons....

Three more international routes for Taicang

21 April 2010
Taicang port opened three international routes in the first 18 days of April, according to China News Services....

Dangerous goods vessel collides in Wuhu

21 April 2010
A vessel carrying 690 tons of o-Xylene on its way to a bunker fuel facility in the Wuhu section of the Yangtze River collided with an oncoming vessel loaded with 3,000 tons of coal on the morning of 16 April....

Strong China cargo growth in Q1

21 April 2010
Cargo throughput at China’s ports increased 20 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of this year, said He Jianzhong, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transport....

Steel exports double in March

21 April 2010
China’s exports of steel products increased 99 per cent year-on-year to 3.33m tons in March, according to the General Administration of Customs....

Airport bonded area opens in Shanghai

21 April 2010
Shanghai Pudong Airport Comprehensive Bonded Area has passed a government inspection and is now operational, Logistics Week reported. The facility in the west of the Pudong Airport covers an area of 3.59 sq km....

China flights resume to Europe

21 April 2010
The closure of European airports because of the Icelandic volcanic eruption has delayed the transportation of air cargo bound for Europe and thrown into disarray just-in-time supply chains across Asia....

Chongqing accelerates urban rail construction

21 April 2010
The board chairman of Chongqing Urban Rail Transport Group, Shen Xiaoyang, said that the city is speeding up the construction of metro line and light rail projects....

Airport facilities expanded for HP

21 April 2010
Chongqing government is establishing an airfreight logistics platform to facilitate the export of personal computers made by Hewlett-Packard, according to a municipal government website. It has agreed to alter the layout o...

Cheng Shin Tire to establish major plant in Chongqing

21 April 2010
Taiwan’s largest tyre company, Cheng Shin Tire, has signed an agreement with Chongqing’s Changshou district to set up the municipality’s largest tyre base in Yanjia Industrial Park....

Call to set up Yangtze Shipping Exchange

14 April 2010
Liu Xihan, deputy board chairman of Sinotrans Yangtze National Shipping Group and a member of the National People’s Consultative Council, has recently called on the central government to set up a Yangtze Shipping Exchan...

Wuhan receives 5,000 dwt vessel one month early

14 April 2010
On 9 April, an ocean-going vessel carrying 5,000 tons of iron ore with a draught of 5.2 metres arrived safely in Wuhan port, the first time a loaded ocean-going vessel had ever reached Wuhan during that month, according to Ch...

Iron ore imports rise in March

14 April 2010
China imported 59.01m tonnes of iron ore in March, 20 per cent more than in February and 13 per cent up on the same month last year, said the country’s General Administration of Customs....

NTC and Sinopec to create China’s first domestic ethylene fleet

14 April 2010
Nanjing Tanker Corporation (NTC), the listed arm of Sinotrans China Yangtze National Shipping Group, has recently signed a joint venture agreement with Sinopec to set up a specialist fleet for shipping ethylene....

Oil spills in China halve over past decade

14 April 2010
Between 1998 and 2008, a total of 718 accidents occurred in Chinese waters involving oil leakage, totalling 11,749 tons, according to a news story published on 13 April in the National Law newspaper....

Cosco increases China-US capacity

14 April 2010
Cosco Container Lines is to restore capacity on its weekly North China-US Southwest Express service by bringing back six 7,500 TEU vessels to replace the six current 5,500 TEU vessels....

Grand Alliance revives Central China Express service

14 April 2010
Grand Alliance revives Central China Express service Members of the Grand Alliance consortium of container shipping lines will relaunch next month the Central China Express they suspended in December 2009 when it merged wit...

Ceva awarded China trucking safety validation

14 April 2010
Ceva Logistics’ domestic road transport services unit in China, Ceva Ground, has become the first global 3PL to achieve trucking security validation in the country from the Transported Asset Protection Association (Tapa...

HK retains second position in air cargo league

14 April 2010
Hong Kong remained the second-largest cargo airport in 2009, after Memphis in the US, with an annual volume of 3.38m tonnes....

IATA opens new Beijing office

14 April 2010
China’s growing importance in the aviation industry was reinforced by the recent opening of a new north Asia regional office in Beijing for the International Air Transport Association (IATA)....

Security checks start on all vehicles entering Shanghai

14 April 2010
From 8am on 15 April, all vehicles entering Shanghai will have compulsory security checks because of the Shanghai Expo (1 May-31October). The checks will end on 15 November....

New metro line opens in Shanghai

14 April 2010
Shanghai’s 11th subway line started trial operation on 10 April. Metro Line 10, which is 29.6km long, will officially open after a three-month trial period, said a municipal government official....

Drought relief for Chongqing

14 April 2010
Heavy rain has eased drought conditions in Chongqing municipality, but dry weather and higher temperatures persist elsewhere in southwest China. Zhang Xu, deputy director of the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Re...

Two missing in LPG tanker explosion

7 April 2010
Two Filipino seafarers were missing after an explosion and fire engulfed a liquefied natural gas carrier in Nantong, Jiangsu province....

Three Gorges traffic volume hits record high in Q1

7 April 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that freight volumes via the Three Gorges shiplocks hit 17m tons in the first three months of 2010, up nearly 55 per cent year-on-year....

Vessels need special permits to enter Shanghai waters

7 April 2010
Due to the Shanghai Expo, vessels entering the Huangpu River in Shanghai, the Yangtze’s major tributary before entering the sea, will need special permits from the Shanghai Maritime Safety Authorities between 1 April an...

Nanjing dredging project set to start

7 April 2010
The Nanjing deep-water dredging project is ready to start, according to the Yangtze River Administration....

Grand Alliance resumes central China service

7 April 2010
Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and OOCL are to revive their Central China Express service in May, reported IFW....

Brazilian soya imports continue to surge

7 April 2010
Chinese imports of Brazilian soya are forecast to reach 43m tonnes in 2010 as the country looks to build up stocks at a time of relatively low prices, according to a report by Seatrade....

Green campaigner calls for greater emission transparency

7 April 2010
Against the backdrop of southwest China’s worst drought in a century, a leading Chinese environmentalist has called on listed companies to be more transparent about industrial emissions and their environmental performan...

Japanese train operator criticises Chinese competitors

7 April 2010
The chairman of Central Japan Railway, which operates Japan’s busiest bullet train link, has been highly critical of China’s high-speed rail industry for ‘stealing’ foreign technology and compromising...

Metro building spree spurs suppliers

7 April 2010
The building spree of metro lines in Yangtze River Delta cities has spurred multinational companies such as Herrenknecht to establish a production base in Wuxi Transport Equipment Industrial Zone, according to a story publish...

Air Canada boosts China services

7 April 2010
Air Canada is to resume twice-daily services to Beijing and Shanghai in June and is planning to fly to Guangzhou in 2013 in response to increasing travel demand between the two countries....

Regulator cuts aviation fuel price

7 April 2010
China’s fuel price regulators cut the domestic aviation fuel ex-factory price by Rmb10 per tonne to Rmb5,200 from 1 April, the Civil Aviation Administration of China announced. Xinhua quoted industry analysts saying...

Steel firm cleared for Australia mine acquisition

7 April 2010
Chongqing Steel has received approval from the Chinese and Australian authorities to acquire an Australian mine owned by Hong Kong-registered Asia Steel Holdings....

Chongqing starts airport highway widening project

7 April 2010
Chongqing will start to widen its airport highway to eight lanes by the end of April, with the project set to be completed by 1 July 2011, according to Chongqing Construction Commission....

Car battery maker sets up Chongqing plant

7 April 2010
Tianjin Lishen Battery, the largest lithium battery company in China, is to establish a plant in Chongqing that will make lithium batteries for the city’s electric vehicle industry, according to a city government websit...
March 2010

Yangtze general cargo throughput up 30% in March

31 March 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that general cargo throughput on the Yangtze trunk line increased by 30 per cent year-on-year in March 2010 to 110m tons....

World’s tallest tower bridge lifted into place

31 March 2010
On 31 March, the final lifting movement saw the Taizhou Yangtze Bridge, the world’s tallest tower bridge, reach a height of 192 metres....

Construction begins on water diversion canal

31 March 2010
China has started to build a 67km-long canal from the middle section of the Yangtze River to a tributary that connects with the central route of the country’s south-north water diversion project....

SIPG posts improved Q4 2009 earnings

31 March 2010
Shanghai International Port (Group), the largest port operator in China, booked a net profit of US$150.9m in the fourth quarter of 2009, up 48 per cent from a year earlier, China Knowledge Press reported....

TCC granted China licence

31 March 2010
The soon to be launched The Containership Company has been granted an operating licence in China, reported Seatrade....

Work starts on Changsha-Kunming high-speed railway

31 March 2010
Construction work began on 26 March of a high-speed passenger railway between the provincial capitals of Changsha, Hunan province, and Kunming, Yunnan province....

High-speed line puts end to central China air service

31 March 2010
The popularity of high-speed train services between Zhengzhou and Xian has led to the postponement of air services between the two cities just seven weeks after the line opened, reported Xinhua....

Aeroflot resumes freighter services to China

31 March 2010
Russian carrier Aeroflot has resumed flying a full freighter schedule after regaining traffic rights from the Chinese authorities, reported International Freighting Weekly....

Sichuan-Shanghai pipeline enters service

31 March 2010
Sinopec has starting to pump gas through the Sichuan-Shanghai natural gas pipeline, reported Xinhua....

Damco opens Chengdu office

31 March 2010
Damco, the logistics arm of A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, has officially opened its new customer service office in Chengdu, Sichuan province....

Chongqing bans vehicles without eco-licences

31 March 2010
From 1 April, Chongqing municipal government is to issue emission-based licences to vehicles according to how environmentally-friendly they are. Vehicles without these licences will not be allowed on the road....

High-speed railway spurs rural tourism in Wuhan

31 March 2010
Wuhan’s Deputy Communist Party Secretary Mr Tu Yong visited some of the most popular rural tourist spots in the city’s administrative area on 29 March and called on local tourism officials to seize the opportunity...

Special shipping measures for Shanghai Expo

24 March 2010
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Authority issued a circular on 17 March, announcing a raft of special measures to be adopted during Shanghai Expo 2010, which runs from May to October....

Watson to expand aggressively in Wuhan

24 March 2010
Watson, the world’s largest health and beauty products retailer, is to build a logistics centre in Wuhan to serve all its stores in central and north-western China....

OOCL reinstates Asia-North Europe service

24 March 2010
Improved export orders from China have persuaded the shipping line OOCL to partially reinstate some of the capacity it had previously withdrawn from the Asia-North Europe trade. A new service, jointly operated by various c...

NYK Logistics opens in Nanjing

24 March 2010
NYK Logistics has opened a branch in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province....

Second terminal opens at Hongqiao

24 March 2010
Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport opened a second terminal on 16 March, two months ahead of the 2010 Expo. The five-year expansion project, which includes a new 3,300 metre-long runway in addition to the terminal, will boo...

KLM to start services to Hangzhou

24 March 2010
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will launch a scheduled service between Amsterdam and Hangzhou Xiaoshan airport from 8 May this year, thereby becoming the first airline to offer a direct connection between Europe and the capital of...

Air cargo volume up 51% in first two months

24 March 2010
China’s air passenger throughput amounted to 39.66m in the first two months of 2010, up 14.8 per cent from the same period last year, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China....

Drought worsens in southwest China

24 March 2010
The severe drought in southwest China has worsened over the past two weeks due to continued low rainfall levels, according to Xinhua....

Work starts on high-speed line in SW China

24 March 2010
Construction work began on a 308km, high-speed railway linking Chongqing and Chengdu on 22 March, said Wu Yong, director of Chengdu Railway Bureau....

Beijing-Shenyang line construction ‘to begin in July’

24 March 2010
A high-speed railway line connecting Beijing and Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province, may start construction in July, according to sources quoted by China Knowledge. Trains will be able to travel at speeds of up to...

Track-laying completed on Shanghai-Nanjing intercity railway

24 March 2010
Track laying on the Shanghai-Nanjing Intercity Railway was completed on 17 March, according to Xinhua....

Tongling builds new copper smelter

24 March 2010
Tongling Non-Ferrous Metals Group has started building a new copper smelter in Jinchang, Anhui province....

SAIC begins sedan production in Nanjing

24 March 2010
SAIC Motor celebrated the start of manufacturing its own-brand cars at its plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, when a Roewe 350 compact sedan recently rolled off the assembly line....

Foreign trade climbs 54% in Chongqing

24 March 2010
Chongqing’s foreign trade total in the first two months of 2010 increased 54 per cent year-on-year to US$1.49bn....

Ro-Ro vessels to be withdrawn from Three Gorges Reservoir

17 March 2010
From 1 July, a new regulation from the Ministry of Transport will take effect that will withdraw non-standardised Ro-Ro vessels from the Three Gorges Reservoir on a compulsory basis....

Worst drought in 100 years for Luzhou

17 March 2010
Luzhou is suffering its worst drought in 100 years, according to the Yangtze River Waterway Bureau. Several 100 teu vessels were unable to enter Luzhou Container Port and became stranded in nearby Chongqing....

Yangtze digital mapping trial begins

17 March 2010
The Yangtze Waterway Bureau has begun Yangtze digital mapping trials by giving away 12 sets of software and hardware relating to programme....

Shipping rates recover on China-N Europe trade

17 March 2010
Westbound container rates on the China-North Europe trade lanes have risen by as much as 50 per cent over the past six months, according to data from shipping sources compiled by Cargonews Asia....

Cosco looks to diversify

17 March 2010
China Cosco Group, the world’s second largest shipping company by capacity, is considering making investments in foreign iron ore, coal or oil resources in a bid to dilute the financial impact of the volatile the shippi...

Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line to open early

17 March 2010
The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway will begin operation in 2011, a year ahead of schedule, according to Zheng Jian, chief planner of the Ministry of Railways, reported by China Daily....

Sufficient funds to develop high-speed lines, says MoR

17 March 2010
A Ministry of Railways official has said that China has sufficient money to finance the high-speed railway construction programme, reported Xinhua....

Public question new Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev line

17 March 2010
China’s Ministry of Railways said on 13 March that the new Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev line had obtained official government approval....

Gefco ties up cargo deal with Air China

17 March 2010
The France-based international logistics company, Gefco, has signed a deal with Air China to block book belly capacity on inbound and outbound flights with the carrier. Aircargo News said the deal covers Air China’s...

Cargotec wins handling equipment order from Yingkou

17 March 2010
Cargotec has received an order from Yingkou Port Group Corporation for eight Kalmar reachstackers and one empty container handler....

ASEAN becomes Wuhan’s third largest trading partner

17 March 2010
Wuhan city government announced on 17 March that ASEAN countries have replaced the US and Hong Kong to become the city’s third largest trading partner, following the EU and Japan....

Chongqing foreign trade soars 54% in first two months

17 March 2010
Chongqing municipal government announced on 15 March that the city’s foreign trade volumes in the first two months of the year soared by 54 per cent to nearly US$1.5bn....

First Chongqing-made light rail train enters service

17 March 2010
Chongqing’s first light rail train to be made in the city started service on 10 March....

Yangtze dredging project nears completion

10 March 2010
The 12-year, Rmb15bn dredging project of the Yangtze River mouth is due to be completed in the middle of this month....

Foreign bulk carrier avoids collision in Zhangjiagang section

10 March 2010
The Panama-registered bulk carrier Farvang suffered a sudden engine failure on 9 March when passing through a treacherous stretch of the Zhangjiagang section of the Yangtze River....

Interior to develop six major industries

10 March 2010
China’s new 10-year development plan for the interior will shift focus from driving economic growth to developing six major industries most suitable to the region, according Mr Wang Jinxiang, former deputy director of t...

France to help finance low-carbon emission projects in Wuhan

10 March 2010
The head of the French Development Agency has told Wuhan’s Communist Party Secretary and Deputy Provincial Party Secretary Mr Yang Song that the French government wishes to widen the scope of bilateral co-operation to p...

Northern ports expect improved performance in 2010

10 March 2010
Tianjin Port Group, the largest port operator in north China, expects to handle 400m tons of cargo and 10m TEU in 2010. Its cargo throughput last year was 380m tons....

Drought conditions worsen in southwest China

10 March 2010
The drought that has struck five provinces in southwest China has worsened, leaving at least 11m people short of water and affecting large areas of farmland, the authorities have warned. The Office of State Flood Control a...

TNT completes nationwide road network coverage

10 March 2010
TNT Hoau, TNT’s road distribution subsidiary in China, has completed its nationwide day-definite road distribution network, having extended the coverage into Chengdu, Chongqing, Zhengzhou, Xian, Yantai and Xiamen....

China to overtake US highway length by 2013

10 March 2010
China’s highway mileage will surpass that of the US in three years following completion of the ongoing infrastructure construction programme, said Li Shenglin, Minister of Transport....

Vehicle recall numbers climbed 150% last year

10 March 2010
Ten per cent of the 13.6m new vehicles sold in China last year were recalled because of faults, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine....

Southeast Asia improves rail connections with China

10 March 2010
Plans to build an efficient rail network linking China to six Southeast Asian countries are advancing as important gaps are filled in Cambodia, reported the Financial Times. The Asian Development Bank recently agreed to ex...

China Eastern starts Taiwan-Jiangxi cargo service

10 March 2010
From 8 March, China Eastern Airlines started operating direct cargo flights between Taipei and Changbei International Airport in Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi province....

Air China launches cargo service to Paris

10 March 2010
Air China Cargo, China’s largest cargo airline, launched a service between Shanghai and Paris on 6 March, its fourth service between China and Europe....

China to buy 218 planes in 2010

10 March 2010
China plans to buy 218 aircraft this year, including jumbo jets and regional planes, to meet surging demand, said Li Jiaxiang, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. A total of 700m passenger trips a year...

Nanjing Airport Customs to start operation by October

10 March 2010
Nanjing Customs announced on 9 March that its operations at the city’s international airport will start by October 2010....

First-ever Yangtze port survey shows aggressive building programmes

3 March 2010
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport has just completed a survey which, for the first time ever, identifies all the expansion and renovation projects across the 2,838km navigable length of the rive...

Yangtze MSA warns of severe drought in Chongqing section

3 March 2010
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Authority has issued warnings of severe drought in the Chongqing area of the Yangtze....

Hubei Congressmen call for rise in guaranteed water level

3 March 2010
Hubei members of the National Congress are to submit a motion calling for the central government to raise the guaranteed water level between Yichang and Chenglingji in a bid to facilitate better utilisation of the river for i...

Nantong posts highest growth rate in nearly two years

3 March 2010
The port of Nantong, situated near the mouth of the Yangtze, posted a throughput of 33,000 TEU in January 2010, 46 per cent higher than in the same month last year....

New luxury liners to operate on Yangtze

3 March 2010
Chongqing Traffic and Tourism Investment Group said it has started building the first of 10 luxury inland cruise ships in a project that will cost Rmb2bn....

Bunker supply firm acquires tank farm in Zhejiang

3 March 2010
The privately-owned Chinese bunker supplier Shanghai Lonyer Petrochemicals has acquired Hailian Tank Farm in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, according to various reports....

China Shipping and Shenergy form coal shipping venture

3 March 2010
China Shipping Development, the dry bulk and tanker arm of China Shipping (Group), and Shenergy, the Shanghai-based energy company, have launched a joint venture shipping company for transporting coal, Shanghai Daily reported...

Shanghai maintains container growth in January

3 March 2010
The Port of Shanghai, the world’s second largest container port after Singapore, recorded a throughput increase of 18 per cent year-on-year to 2.24m TEU in January, reported Xinhua. The port’s performance began...

Shanghai plans container derivates market

3 March 2010
Shanghai Shipping Exchange plans to establish a container shipping derivates market by the end of 2010 as the city strives to challenge London as a global centre for shipping finance. The forward freight agreements will be...

Wuhan-Guangzhou rail services buoyed by Spring Festival

3 March 2010
Services on the Wuhan-to-Guangzhou high-speed railway were 98 per cent full in the first 26 days of the 40-day Spring Festival, reported China Economic Review....

High-speed railway operator seeks public listing

3 March 2010
Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway Co is planning to raise Rmb30bn-50bn through an initial public offering this year, a source with the Ministry of Railways told China Daily....

Air China to pull Chongqing-Nagoya service

3 March 2010
Air China will terminate its services between Chongqing and Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) from 28 March, according to Kyodo News....

Chongqing approves new airport terminal design

3 March 2010
Chongqing will invest another Rmb20bn in the construction of Jiangbei International Airport’s east terminal area....
February 2010

Jiangyin port receives 10th scrap vessel of the year

24 February 2010
The Panama-registered vessel NYK Springtide sailed safely into the waters of Jiangyin port under the supervision of the local maritime safety authorities on 23 February, its destination being the local scrap yard....

Iron ore imports fall in January

24 February 2010
China’s iron ore imports slipped to 46.62m tonnes in January after reaching 62.16m tonnes in the previous month, the second-highest monthly volume ever, the General Administration of Customs said. January’s imp...

Sunken vessel cleared from Zhangjiagang waters

24 February 2010
Shipping in the Zhangjiagang section of the Yangtze River has returned to normal following the sinking of an ocean vessel that collided with another vessel on the evening of 8 February....

Jiangsu section ships 600,000 tons of coal daily

24 February 2010
A volume of more than 600,000 tons of coal passes the Jiangsu section of the Yangtze every day, according to Jiangsu Maritime Safety Authorities....

Panalpina launches new freight service to Poland

24 February 2010
Panalpina, the Switzerland-based supplier of forwarding and logistics services, has introduced a new LCL (less than container load) ocean freight service between China and Poland....

Air China cargo venture deal imminent

24 February 2010
Air China and Cathay Pacific Airways will sign an air cargo venture agreement by 26 February, said a China Daily report citing three people familiar with the negotiations in Beijing....

Transport network copes with holiday rush

24 February 2010
By 22 February, an estimated 1.34bn people had travelled on China’s roads since the start of the Spring Festival holidays, up 8.3 per cent from the equivalent period last year, according to the Ministry of Transport....

Major logistics park to be built in Fuling

24 February 2010
Chongqing Shipping Construction and Development Corporation, the operational arm of the municipal government’s transport commission, signed an agreement with the local government of Fuling on 8 February to build the lar...

Sinopec to build vehicle charging facilities

24 February 2010
Sinopec plans to build electric vehicle charging facilities in its large petrol stations in some regions, including Beijing and Chongqing....

Wuxi maps out hi-tech future

24 February 2010
The Yangtze River Delta city of Wuxi intends to transform itself from a manufacturing hub to a hi-tech centre by expanding cooperation with domestic and foreign businesses, according to China Daily. Already one of the coun...

Nanjing to host 2014 Youth Olympic Games

24 February 2010
The International Olympic Committee has elected Nanjing as the host city of the Second Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014....

Shangri-La to open hotel in Chongqing

24 February 2010
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has signed an agreement with Chongqing Guest House to manage a hotel in Chongqing that is scheduled to open in late 2011....

Wuhan targets 25% increase in container throughput

10 February 2010
The leading committee of Wuhan New Port agreed on a set of 2010 targets at a meeting on 6 February....

Nanjing Port Group aims to handle 1.32m TEU this year

10 February 2010
Nanjing Port Group, the largest port operator in the capital city of Jiangsu province, says that it aims to handle 74m tons of general cargo and 1.32m TEU in 2010....

Nanjing prepares for 2014 Youth Olympics vote

10 February 2010
The final round of competition for hosting the 2014 Youth Olympic Games will be held in Vancouver, Canada, on 11 February and the winner will be announced at the end of the day....

Agriculture responsible for nearly half of water pollution

10 February 2010
Agriculture is the main cause of water pollution in China, according to the country’s first national census of pollution sources....

Container freight prices double in Shanghai

10 February 2010
A surge in export orders in the lead up to the Chinese New Year has strained capacity at Shanghai port, reported China Daily....

Holiday transport crush begins

10 February 2010
The Ministry of Transport said that 609m journeys had been made by bus or railway between the start of the Spring Festival on 30 January and 8 February, up 8.5 per cent from the equivalent period in 2009....

Further problems on Wuhan-Guangzhou railway

10 February 2010
More than 10,000 passengers were delayed for at least two hours at Guangzhou south railway station on 6 February because of an equipment error on the high-speed train between Guangzhou and Wuhan....

UPS opens Asia-Pacific hub in Shenzhen

10 February 2010
UPS launched its new Asia-Pacific hub on 9 February with its inaugural flight at Shenzhen’s Baoan International Airport. The Shenzhen hub replaces operations at the former Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines....

MASKargo to expand China operations

10 February 2010
Malaysia Airlines Cargo plans to improve connections to Shanghai and other cities in China following the signing of a deal last October with Hainan Airlines Group....

Hubei builds electric-vehicle charging facilities

10 February 2010
Hubei Electric Power has signed cooperation agreements with the governments of Xiangfan and Suizhou in Hubei province to construct electric-vehicle charging facilities. This is part of a plan that will involve 16 large and...

Changan Ford car sales surge more than double in January

10 February 2010
Ford’s joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile sold 30,759 passenger cars in January, an increase of 128 per cent from a year ago....

Chongqing GDP grows third quickest in 2009

10 February 2010
Chongqing’s economic growth rate of 14.9 per cent in 2009 was the third highest in China, according to the National Bureau of Statistics....

Yangtze throughput rises in January

3 February 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that cargo throughput via the major ports on the Yangtze trunk line rose 33 per cent year-on-year to 98m tons in January....

Shanghai port extends world cargo lead

3 February 2010
Shanghai increased its lead as the world’s largest general cargo port in 2009, with volumes up 1.3 per cent to 590m tons, according to the National Development and Reform Commission....

Cargo scramble ahead of New Year holidays

3 February 2010
Hong Kong-based transport consultancy Transport Trackers says there has been a scramble to ship cargo out of China in the lead up to the Spring Festival....

Aviation authorities tackle flight delays

3 February 2010
China’s aviation authorities have set up a task force to sort out the problems resulting from flight delays by end of the year, according to the Aviation Newspaper....

Nanjing airport starts second phase construction

3 February 2010
A formal ceremony was held on 31 January to signal the start of second phase construction of Nanjing airport, according to China News Service....

Track laying starts on Shanghai-Nanjing railway

3 February 2010
Track laying started on 1 February on the 300km Shanghai-Nanjing intercity rail line, construction of which started in July 2008....

High-speed rail lines imperilled by funding shortage

3 February 2010
A funding shortage could hinder China’s ambition of creating a modern railway network, according to an article in South China Morning Post....

Bullet train producer to expand production

3 February 2010
China’s only bullet train producer is to expand production capacity to cope with the country’s increasing number of high-speed railways, reported Xinhua. Wang Chenghui, deputy general manager of Tangshan Railwa...

Grand Power to develop Yangshan logistics park

3 February 2010
A subsidiary of Grand Power Logistics Group, a China-based international logistics provider, has signed an MOU to develop Yangshan International Container Transit Logistics Park, reported China Economic Review....

New scheme to promote public transport in Wuhan

3 February 2010
From 1 February, travellers in Wuhan have been able to pay for buses, ferries and light rail trains using an E-card, a keychain-shaped integrated circuit card....

Chongqing expects $6bn FDI in 2010

3 February 2010
Chongqing can expect to receive US$6bn of foreign investment in 2010, according to municipal mayor Huang Qifan....
January 2010

Hubei to invest Rmb2.5bn in ports this year

27 January 2010
The port authorities in Hubei province announced last week that they plan to invest Rmb2.5bn in infrastructure in 2010....

Three Gorges resettlement programme continues

27 January 2010
At least another 300,000 people living along the banks of the huge reservoir behind the Three Gorges dam on the Yangtze River are to be relocated, according to China Daily....

Changshu dangerous cargo throughput exceeds 1m tons

27 January 2010
Changshu port reported a throughput of 1.02m tons of solid and liquid dangerous cargo in 2009, up 119 per cent year-on-year....

Imported iron ore shipments climb in mid-January

27 January 2010
Stockpiles of imported iron ore at China’s leading ports increased by 310,000 tons in the week beginning 18 January, reaching a three-month high of 67.42m tons by 22 January, the China Securities Journal reported. Sh...

NWS focuses on China infrastructure

27 January 2010
NWS Holdings, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based New World Development, plans to raise the proportion of its infrastructure business to about 80 per cent of its operations within two or three years to further tap the mainland Ch...

New rail line for quake-hit Sichuan

27 January 2010
Workers have completed the laying of railway tracks between the cities of Chengdu and Dujiangyan, Sichuan province....

Increase in Chongqing-Singapore flights

27 January 2010
Flights between Singapore and Chongqing will be increased from twice a week to three times a week from March 2010, according to Chongqing government....

China Southern loses out to high-speed rail

27 January 2010
The Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines may start bundling air and train tickets on domestic routes in response to stiff competition from the newly opened high-speed railway line between Guangzhou and Wuhan, South China M...

China expects 2.5bn passenger trips during Spring Festival

27 January 2010
The deputy director of the State Development and Planning Commission, Liu Tienan, said that China’s transport network is expected to handle 2.5bn passenger journeys during the 40-day Spring Festival season that starts o...

Canada opens Wuhan commercial office

27 January 2010
Canada Commercial Corporation, a state-owned company that promotes international trade and commerce, opened a representative office in Wuhan on 26 January. This is its first presence in China’s interior....

Huang elected Chongqing mayor

27 January 2010
Huang Qifan has been elected mayor of Chongqing municipality....

Midea expands Jingzhou plant

27 January 2010
Guangdong-based home appliances manufacturer Midea has signed an agreement with Jingzhou government to invest an additional Rmb400m in its refrigerator and freezer production base in the city, reported China Sourcing News....

Wuhu water level hits 10-year low

20 January 2010
At 8am on 14 January, the water level at Wuhu, located in the busiest shipping section of the Yangtze River, fell to 0.77 metres. This was the lowest level in 10 years, according to the Yangtze Waterway Bureau....

Four rescued from Jiujiang collision

20 January 2010
According to Jiujiang Maritime Safety Authority, two vessels collided in the waters under its jurisdiction on 13 January. Four crew members fell into the icy water as one of the vessels sank....

Jiangyin becomes China’s fifth largest river port

20 January 2010
The Jiangsu port of Jiangyin reported a general cargo throughput of 107m tons in 2009, up 22 per cent year-on-year, while container throughput increased nearly 50 per cent to 752,000 TEU....

Shanghai Railway set for listing next year

20 January 2010
Shanghai Railway Bureau has set up a special team headed by an executive deputy director to prepare for a stock exchange listing next year, according to a story published by the Shanghai-based Oriental Morning Paper on 20 Jan...

China accelerates highway investment

20 January 2010
China opened 4,719km of expressways in 2009 and started construction on an additional 16,000km network, said Li Shenglin, Minister of Communications....

Air China receives funds to buy out cargo venture

20 January 2010
The Chinese government has provided a cash injection of US$220m to Air China’s parent company to fund the carrier’s purchase of a stake in its cargo venture with the parent of Beijing Capital International Airport...

China Southern doubles US freight capacity

20 January 2010
China Southern Airlines has added two Boeing 777 freighters to its fleet to serve the US and Europe markets, reported Cargonews Asia....

Wuxi to start Tokyo air service in 2010

20 January 2010
Wuxi is to launch a flight to Tokyo later this year, according to local airport officials, without giving a precise start date....

UPS expands China logistic hub bases

20 January 2010
The US-headquartered express logistics company United Parcel Service plans to open 101 new logistics sites in China....

Xian-Chengdu railway wins NDRC approval

20 January 2010
A high-speed railway linking Xian with Chengdu has won approval from the National Development and Reform Commission, according to a Xinhua article quoting the China Railway First Survey and Design Institute. Construction o...

Chongqing container rail terminal opens

20 January 2010
The first phase of a new rail container terminal in Chongqing’s Shapingba district has opened for business, reported Xinhua....

Quanta joins computer notebook shift to Chongqing

20 January 2010
Taiwan-based Quanta Computer, the world’s largest notebook computer original design manufacturer (ODM), said it plans to build a plant in Chongqing....

Mazda and Ford likely to dissolve China JV

20 January 2010
Mazda Motor and Ford Motor will dissolve their joint venture in China by 2012, Nikkei business daily reported....

Jiangsu reports 25 swine flu deaths in December

20 January 2010
According to China News Services, Jiangsu reported 2,066 cases of the H1N1 virus in December, including 25 deaths....

Shanghai reverses container downturn in December

13 January 2010
Shanghai port’s container volume rose 7.1 per cent to 2.4m teu in December, its first increase of the year, said Shanghai International Port (Group)....

Wuhan and Nanjing airports handle record volumes

13 January 2010
Wuhan and Nanjing airports are among a total of 14 major airports in China that handled more than 10m passengers in 2009, according to the China Aviation Newspaper....

Air China starts Wuhan-Macau service

13 January 2010
Air China announced that from 15 January, it will start scheduled direct flights between Wuhan and Macau on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays....

Railways to take strain over Spring Festival

13 January 2010
Railways Minister Liu Zhijun said 1.64bn passenger journeys would be made on China’s rail network in 2010, up 7.6 per cent from last year....

Pilot ID system to tackle rail ticket touts

13 January 2010
China will pilot a system requiring train passengers to buy tickets with their own personal IDs to crack down on hoarding by ticket touts during busy holiday periods....

Railways vice-minister visits German brake specialist

13 January 2010
China’s Vice Minister of Railways Hu Yadong has led a delegation from the ministry’s safety department to visit the Munich headquarters of Knorr-Bremse, a leading manufacturer of braking systems for trains and com...

Three Gorges underground turbine to be operational next July

13 January 2010
The first underground turbine of the Three Gorges hydropower project is expected to be put into operation in July 2011, according to the China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC). Five others will come on stream by 2012....

Jiangsu quantifies large reserves of coal

13 January 2010
China National Administration of Coal Geology has confirmed that it has quantified its recent discovery of coal in Tongshan county, Jiangsu province, according to China News Service....

Iron ore imports rise 80% in December

13 January 2010
China imported 62.16m tonnes of iron ore in December, a year-on-year increase of 80 per cent and the second highest volume on record, the General Administration of Customs announced....

Yangtze cargo throughput up 11 per cent in 2009

6 January 2010
Figures from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that cargo throughput via the major ports along the Yangtze trunkline went up by 11.3 per cent last year to 1.13bn tons. The upturn came on...

Jiangyin port breaks 100m tons barrier

6 January 2010
The port of Jiangyin, Jiangsu province, said it expected its 2009 throughput to be more than 105m tons, a 20.1 per cent increase over the previous year....

Telephone enquiry service starts at Three Gorges

6 January 2010
Since the start of this month, information about the state of the waterway between the Three Gorges Dam and Gezhouba Dam is being conveyed on a telephone enquiry service....

Record cargo volume passes Three Gorges shiplocks

6 January 2010
Official statistics show that in 2009, a record total of 74m tons of cargo passed through the five-step shiplocks at the Three Gorges, up 8.45 per over 2008....

Cross-strait shipping rules relaxed

6 January 2010
China’s Ministry of Transport said it would relax its rules and allow container shipping companies that operate services across the Taiwan Strait to carry goods originating from outside Greater China, reported Dow Jones...

Four companies granted express licences

6 January 2010
China’s General Post Office under the Ministry of Transport granted four companies licences for engaging in international express services on 5 January. They include CAAC Air Express and Sinotrans Air Express....

Railway passengers expected to exceed 200m over Spring Festival

6 January 2010
The Ministry of Railway is forecasting that 210m passengers will use the network over the Spring Festival, with New Year’s Day falling on 14 February this year....

Snow causes travel chaos

6 January 2010
Heavy snowfall in northern China at the start of January stranded thousands of passengers on railways and at airports. The cold snap also caused coal shortages, forcing some provinces to cut power supplies....

Work starts on Sichuan expressway

6 January 2010
Construction of the Suining-Ziyang expressway in Sichuan province began on 28 December....

Chengdu airport to expand international services

6 January 2010
Chengdu aims to become western China’s largest aviation logistics hub, with 10 non-stop international air routes to be added over the next three years, according to a government plan reported by China Knowledge....

Smoker delays high-speed rail service

6 January 2010
The much-vaunted Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway was bought to a standstill by a smoker within a week of its opening last month. A passenger set off an alarm while smoking a cigarette, and officials spent the next two-a...

Praxair Shanghai venture wins Bayer gases contract

6 January 2010
Shanghai Chemical Industry Park Industrial Gases, a joint venture between Praxair of the US and Air Liquide of France, has been awarded a 15-year contract to supply hydrogen and carbon monoxide by pipeline to Bayer Polyuretha...
December 2009

Chengdu metro due to open in October 2010

23 December 2009
Track laying on Chengdu’s Metro Line was officially completed on 30 November, according to the municipal government....

Zhangjiagang beats full-year cargo target in first 11 months

23 December 2009
Zhangjiagang port claims to have beaten its full-year cargo throughput target in the first 11 months of this year....

Shanghai-Chongqing Highway now operational

23 December 2009
The Shanghai-Chongqing Highway has now been completed with the trial opening of the 320km-long Hurongxi section in Hubei province....

China Merchants forms Qingdao JV

23 December 2009
Port operator China Merchants and Qingdao Port are creating a Rmb6.22bn joint venture to build and operate a container terminal in Qingdao, Shandong province....

Shanghai chosen as APM Terminals regional HQ

23 December 2009
APM Terminals has selected Shanghai as its Asia-Pacific regional headquarters, reported Shipping Gazette....

China Southern responds to train threat on Wuhan-Guangzhou route

23 December 2009
China Southern Airlines has launched express routes linking Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, with Wuhan and Changsha in central China....

Airlines commit to helping Wuhan become aviation hub

23 December 2009
Hubei Airport Group has signed strategic framework agreements with China’s leading three airlines to build Wuhan Tianhe International Airport into an international aviation hub....

Changi ties up with Chongqing Airport

23 December 2009
Singapore’s Changi Airport Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chongqing Airport Group that is designed to promote management co-operation and staff exchanges between the two airports. In addition, th...

Honda to build new plant in Wuhan

23 December 2009
Honda Motor plans to build a new car plant in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, to increase production in China’s growing auto market, according to sources quoted by Kyodo News. The new plant is scheduled to start op...

Nanjing outcry over bridge repair fiasco

23 December 2009
Nanjing municipal government said the city’s Hanzhongmen Bridge would have to be repaired properly, after a public outcry followed attempts by a local construction team to fix the cracks with glue, according to state me...

Cargo volumes hit record high at Three Gorges

23 December 2009
In the year to 21 December 2009, a total of 72m tons of cargo had passed the Three Gorges shiplocks including 13m tons using fanba....

Sinopec opens four of its quays

23 December 2009
Sinopec Yangtze Petrochemical has recently been approved by the Jiangsu provincial government to open up four of its privately-owned quays to outside users, including foreign vessels. They are No....

Chongqing brings forward rail projects by five years

23 December 2009
Chongqing municipal government has announced that all of its rail projects due to be completed by 2020 have been rescheduled and brought forward to completion by 2015 in an effort to stimulate domestic demand....

Shanghai DG terminals to be suspended during Expo 2010

16 December 2009
The operations at dangerous goods terminals in Shanghai Port will be suspended during the Shanghai Expo between 30 April and 31 October 2010, except at Yangshan Deepwater Terminal, according to the Yangtze River Administratio...

China’s first shipping agents’ club opens in Shanghai

16 December 2009
China’s first shipping agents’ club was established in Shanghai on 9 December....

Jiangyin port throughput exceeds 100m tons

16 December 2009
Jiangyin port reported that its throughput had increased by 20 per cent to 100.2m tons in the year to 13 December 2009....

Chongqing cab drivers struggle to improve service levels

16 December 2009
Chongqing Evening Newspaper reported that local cab drivers are objecting to a code of higher service standards that the local government announced on 1 December. The code is an adapted version of national standards for ta...

Wuhan-Guangzhou railway poised to open

16 December 2009
The Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway will open on 26 December....

Shanghai November cargo volume tops 30m tons

16 December 2009
Shanghai port’s cargo throughput increased 19 per cent year-on-year to 30.7m tons in November 2009, its first monthly double-digit growth rate of the year....

China accounts for a quarter of global box traffic

16 December 2009
Mainland China accounted for 22.6 per cent of global container throughput in 2008, according to data from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)....

Domestic business lifts aviation sector

16 December 2009
China’s aviation industry has staged a strong recovery this year, according to statistics released by the country’s Civil Aviation Administration....

Work to start on Chongqing second light railway

16 December 2009
Work is to start at the end of this month on Chongqing’s second light rail line....

Cuntan second phase nears completion

16 December 2009
The Rmb1.1bn second phase of Chongqing’s Cuntan terminal is due to be ready for opening at the end of 2009, reported Xinhua....

Yangtze cargo throughput rises over first 10 months

9 December 2009
Figures released by the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport showed that cargo throughput via the major ports along the Yangtze trunkline fell by 7.9 per cent in November compared with the previous mon...

Liquid chlorine containers fall into Yangtze in Jingzhou

9 December 2009
In the late afternoon of 1 December, 15 liquid chlorine containers rolled off a trailer pulled by a Dongfeng truck as it slowly climbed to board a vessel at Shishou vehicle ferry quay in Jingzhou, Hubei province....

State Council approves metro projects in 22 cities

9 December 2009
Mr Wang Qingyun, Director of Basic Industries under the State Development and Reform Commission, said that the State Council has approved 22 new metro projects in 13 provinces and four municipalities involving a total investm...

Jiangsu widens ETC network on expressways

9 December 2009
Jiangsu has installed electronic toll collection (ETC) facilities on 22 more expressways this year, increasing the total to 77, according to local media....

Container rail network poised for expansion

9 December 2009
China’s container rail network is poised for major expansion, according to Tsang Yam-pui, an official from NWS Holdings, the infrastructure arm of New World Development....

Xinjiang railway line opens new route to central Asia

9 December 2009
A railway line in Xinjiang autonomous region that opened in early December is expected to play an important role in expanding cargo transport between China, central Asia and Europe....

Ningbo port targets Jiangxi exporters with rail link

9 December 2009
Ningbo Port Group and Jiangxi provincial Department of Commerce are jointly promoting a new sea-rail intermodal service from Jiangxi’s capital Nanchang to the coastal city of Ningbo, Zhejiang province....

Decline in Hong Kong port volume

9 December 2009
Hong Kong port’s cargo throughput fell 4 per cent year-on-year to 64.4m tons in the third quarter of 2009....

Chengdu-Bangalore air service to promote IT exchanges

9 December 2009
Air China is to launch direct flights between Chengdu and the Indian city of Bangalore. The connection is designed to promote exchanges in the software industry....

CPI opens shipping insurance department

9 December 2009
China Pacific Insurance (Group) has become the first Chinese insurer to launch a shipping insurance department, reported Shanghai Daily....

Wisco secures funds to develop overseas assets

9 December 2009
China Development Bank has extended an Rmb80bn line of credit to Wuhan Iron and Steel to finance the development of its recently acquired overseas iron ore assets....

Radical measures mooted to tackle industrial overcapacity

2 December 2009
A Yichang government website reported that a series of stringent measures are to be announced that will bring together the powers of various state departments to reduce production levels in nine industries deemed to be backwa...

Traffic suspended in Nantong section of Yangtze

2 December 2009
Heavy fog enveloped the Nantong section of the Yangtze on the evening of 1 December, and continued throughout the following day....

Lightening volumes soar in Yichang

2 December 2009
The number of coal-carrying vessels from Sichuan province via the Three Gorges that have to lighten in Yichang has increased dramatically since a compulsory lightening rule was enforced on 11 November, according to the Yangtz...

Dead Yangtze dolphin found in Hubei waters

2 December 2009
A Yangtze dolphin was found dead in the Xianning, in the Hubei section of the Yangtze on 29 November. About 3.09 metres long and weighing 200 kg, the mammal was estimated to be 20 years old....

Nanjing to launch direct international flights

2 December 2009
Nanjing will launch direct flights to North America, Europe and Australasia next year, according to the general manager of the Nanjing International Airport, Mr Xu Yong....

New Sichuan-Europe air cargo service

2 December 2009
Shenzhen-based Jade Cargo has launched an all-cargo service between Chengdu in Sichuan province and the European cities of Amsterdam and Vienna....

Railways cope with heavy snow

2 December 2009
China’s railways carried about 3bn tons of goods in the first 11 months of 2009, according to the Ministry of Railways, exceeding its target by 64.35m tons....

Philips opens Yangzhou lighting plant

2 December 2009
On 24 November, Philips Lighting formally opened a fluorescent lamps plant in Yizheng EDZ, in the city of Yangzhou in Jiangsu province....

Wisco acquires stake in Brazilian iron ore miner

2 December 2009
Wuhan Iron and Steel, China’s third biggest steelmaker, has agreed to pay US$400m for 21.5 per cent of MMX, a Brazilian iron ore miner. As part of the deal, Wisco will purchase at least half of the iron ore to be pro...

Pfizer looks to set up Wuhan R&D base

2 December 2009
Pfizer of the US has signed an MOU with Wuhan government to set up an R&D centre in the city. The investment would make Pfizer the first global pharmaceutical company to establish a presence in the area....

Wuhan firms scour Beijing for talent

2 December 2009
A number of leading companies have joined a Wuhan government-led recruitment delegation to look for talent in Beijing and Qinghua universities, two of China’s most prestigious universities....

GKN opens Wuhan facility

2 December 2009
GKN of the UK has opened has opened a new driveshaft plant in Wuhan, its 11th direct investment in China....

Chevron explores for gas in Chongqing

2 December 2009
PetroChina is to join forces with US oil giant Chevron Corp to explore for natural gas in Chongqing’s Kaixian county, reported China Knowledge....
November 2009

Fog disrupts Sichuan transport

25 November 2009
Dense fog in Sichuan province on 18 November caused major disruption to transport in the province, with airports and expressways forced to close, according to China Daily. In the provincial capital Chengdu, Shuangliu Inter...

Railway projects in west to be accelerated

25 November 2009
China is to extend its railways in western regions to more than 50,000km by 2020, according to Yan Hexiang, deputy director of the Ministry of Railways’ development planning department....

Study into China-Pakistan rail link

25 November 2009
Pakistan’s Ministry of Railways and the Chinese government have agreed in principle to form a consortium to carry out a feasibility study into a planned joint venture rail service between the two countries, Pakistan&rsq...

China Eastern plans air cargo tie-up with Sinotrans

25 November 2009
China Eastern Airlines plans to co-operate with Sinotrans in air cargo services, according to a source quoted by China Business News. Currently, both China Eastern and Sinotrans run air cargo businesses....

Dell uses Jiangxi bamboo for computer packaging

25 November 2009
The US-based technology company Dell claims to have become the first company in the PC sector to introduce packaging made from bamboo....

Zhangjiagang firm builds first multi-gas vessel

25 November 2009
The world’s first combined LNG/LPG/ethylene carrier was officially named on 15 November....

Taiwan airline starts Chongqing service

25 November 2009
Taiwan’s UNI Air started direct scheduled services to Chongqing on 18 November....

Wuhan air tickets offered at huge discounts

25 November 2009
China’s largest online air ticket booking agency Xiecheng Tourist Net started to offer huge discounts from 22 November on flights originating from Wuhan....

Wuhan Mayor vows to shun energy-hungry industries

25 November 2009
Wuhan Mayor Ruan Chenfa said at a meeting on 24 November that his government would not allow the development of industries that consume large amounts of energy, following the natural gas crisis this month....

Atrocious weather brings new challenge on Yangtze

25 November 2009
The heavy fog and storms that started to envelop the entire Yangtze River region from Shanghai to Chongqing on 10 November has impacted the safety and security of shipping, according to the Yangtze Maritime Safety Authority u...

Chongqing lists 30 landslide hazards

18 November 2009
Chongqing Maritime Safety Authority announced a list of 30 landslide hazards in the Three Gorges reservoir area under its jurisdiction....

SDRC approves Xian-Hefei railway

18 November 2009
The State Development and Reform Commission has approved the 952km Xian-Hefei railway line, a major route for energy products and raw materials. The double-tracked line will run parallel to the existing route....

Chongqing’s outward investment expected to rise 20%

18 November 2009
Chongqing’s outward investment is expected to reach US$180m in 2009, up more than 20 per cent year-on-year, according to Mr Li Jianchun, Director of the city’s Municipal Commission of Foreign Trade and Investment....

Wuhan halts natural gas supply to taxis

18 November 2009
Wuhan Government announced on 15 November that all the fuel stations in the city would stop supplying natural gas to taxis from the following day as a measure to cope with a severe supply shortage....

Wisco signs iron ore deal with Venezuelan supplier

18 November 2009
Wuhan Iron & Steel Group, China’s third largest steelmaker, has signed a long-term iron ore supply contract with Corporacion Venezolana de Guayana, the only iron ore producer in Venezuela....

Nanjing to open three routes to North America

18 November 2009
Nanjing International Airport said that three routes to North America would start by the end of November: the Nanjing-Beijing-New York service operated by Air China, and the Nanjing-Shanghai Pudong-Los Angeles and Nanjing-Sha...

Container throughput falls 2.6% in October

18 November 2009
China’s ports recorded a 2.6 per cent year-on-year fall in container traffic in October, handling 10.78m teu, according to the Ministry of Transport....

NOL to launch Chongqing service centre

18 November 2009
The Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines Group is to set up an administration and service centre in Chongqing, according to a statement by Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission....

Wacker opens new Nanjing plant

18 November 2009
Wacker, the Germany-based chemicals group, has officially opened its new dispersible powder and vinyl acetate ethylene dispersion plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu province....

Kuwait infrastructure investor to open Shanghai office

18 November 2009
The Kuwait-China Investment Co, an investment firm targeting infrastructure, real estate, agriculture and energy, plans to open its first China office as it seeks to provide a platform to establish private equity vehicles to...

Nanjing zone plot sells at big discount

11 November 2009
A Nanjing land auction held on 10 November saw the price of a second-hand plot in Jiangning ETDZ plummet by 35 per cent....

Low water levels affect Nanjing and Zhenjiang

11 November 2009
Record low water levels are affecting the lower reaches of the Yangtze as much as the middle reaches, according to statistics from the Yangtze River Administration....

90% of vessels passing Three Gorges equipped with GPS

11 November 2009
According to China Waterway Transport, by end of October this year, more than 90 per cent of vessels passing the Three Gorges Dam were equipped with GPS....

Chengdu-Xian railway approved by SDRC

11 November 2009
A feasibility study of the Chengdu-Xian railway project has been approved by the State Development and Reform Commission. The 519km double tracked railway line will cater mainly for passengers....

Yangtze barges and tugs withdrawn from service

11 November 2009
Yangtze Phoenix, the listed arm of Sinotrans Yangtze National Shipping Corp, the largest shipping line operating on the Yangtze, has announced the withdrawal of its fleet of 106 tugs of 2,000dwt with immediate effect....

Call for Chinese language on air tickets

11 November 2009
Consumer associations from 17 major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Wuhan, Chongqing and Hong Kong have jointly called for information on air tickets to be written in Chinese....

Yichang Port becomes PYI subsidiary

11 November 2009
PYI Corporation, the Hong Kong-based bulk cargo port and infrastructure group, has completed its investment of Rmb114m for a 51 per cent equity interest in Yichang Port Group. Tom Lau, Managing Director of PYI, said the mo...

Highway robbery losses mount

11 November 2009
Chinese road haulage companies have suffered from a spate of armed robberies in recent months, especially in the south of the country, according to an article on the China Supply Chain Council website....

Another hike in fuel prices

11 November 2009
Petrol and diesel fuel prices were raised by Rmb480 per tonne on 10 November, according to the National Development and Reform Commission....

Foreign trade falls 10.7% in October

11 November 2009
China’s foreign trade value fell 10.7 per cent year-on-year in October, according to the General Administration of Customs....

Japan Airlines cancels services to China

11 November 2009
Japan Airlines Corporation is cancelling 16 loss-making international and domestic passenger routes in a bid to improve profitability....

Taiwan pharma firm starts building Changshu plant

11 November 2009
ScinoPharm, a Taiwan-based supplier of active pharmaceutical ingredients, has started construction of a new plant and R&D centre in Changshu, Jiangsu province. It should be operational in 2011....

Chemicals vessel sinks after collision

4 November 2009
At 5:30am on 1 November, a vessel carrying 100 tons of hydrochloric acid collided with another vessel carrying sand in the Ezhou section of the Yangtze River in Hubei province....

10,000 dwt vessels pass Yangtze’s middle reaches

4 November 2009
Two ocean-going specialist tar-carrying vessels built in Chongqing safely passed the seasonally low waters in the middle reaches of the Yangtze on 29 October, joining another vessel that was delivered earlier in the month....

Yangtze throughput up 31% in October

4 November 2009
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that October’s cargo throughput in the ports along the Yangtze trunkline increased by 31.3 per cent year-on-year to reach 107.4m tons...

Chongqing Riverside Expressway to start construction

4 November 2009
The municipal government of Chongqing has signed an agreement with Citic Infrastructure, Citic Guohua and Chongqing Expressway Group to build the Chongqing-Fuling section of the Chongqing Riverside Expressway at a cost of Rmb...

Shipping lines fined for late filing of freight rates

4 November 2009
The Ministry of Transport has fined 10 shipping lines for not filing freight rates with the Shanghai Shipping Exchange on time after new rule became effective on 1 August....

Zhangjiagang’s imported waste steel rises 887 per cent

4 November 2009
For the first 10 months of 2009, Zhangjiagang’s imported waste steel increased by 887 per cent to 3.28m tons, according to the city’s Inspection and Quarantine Bureau....

Air China to hold 51% stake in Cathay venture

4 November 2009
Air China will hold a 51 per cent stake in its air cargo venture with Cathay Pacific that is hoped to be finalised in the first half of next year, a Chinese airline executive was quoted as saying by China Daily. Reuters re...

Taicang signs major investment deals

4 November 2009
The Yangtze port city of Taicang signed 29 investment agreements worth a combined Rmb7.2bn at its economic and trade fair held in late October, reported China Daily....

High-speed railways pose threat to airlines, says carrier

4 November 2009
The construction of high-speed railways in China poses a threat to the nation’s airline industry, warned Si Xianmin, chairman of China Southern Airlines. “Over 80 per cent of the domestic aviation market will b...

Fiat hold engine plant talks in Chongqing

4 November 2009
John Elkann, vice president of Fiat, has held discussions with Chongqing vice mayor Tong Xiaoping, about the Italian auto giant’s plan to establish a new engine works in Chongqing. Fiat has two existing enterprises i...

Dongfeng targets Korean market

4 November 2009
Wuhan-based Dongfeng Motor Corp is set to export several of its light goods vehicle models to South Korea next year, according to various media reports....

Air Products opens amines facility in Nanjing

4 November 2009
Air Products of the US has opened a new amines plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. The facility will support customers in the growing polyurethane additives and epoxy markets....

Novartis outlines huge investment in Changshu and Shanghai

4 November 2009
Novartis, the world’s third largest pharmaceutical company, said it plans to invest US$1.25bn in two Chinese R&D centres over the next five years....
October 2009

Three Gorges releases water early to combat drought

28 October 2009
The Three Gorges Dam started releasing water earlier than scheduled to combat a worsening drought in the Yangtze....

Digital mapping for Yangtze to complete by year end

28 October 2009
The Yangtze Waterway Bureau has finished compiling digital maps of the entire Yangtze River, according to the director of its waterway division Wan Dabing. Work started in 2008 on the upper and lower reaches....

Shipping in lower Yangtze halted by fog

28 October 2009
On 26 October, heavy fog enveloped the Yangtze lower reaches, with visibility reduced to just 100-200 metres in places. More than 2,500 vessels were stranded in the Nanjing and Zhenjiang areas....

Largest ocean/river-going dry bulk carrier built in Nanjing

28 October 2009
China’s largest dry bulk carrier capable of sailing on both river and sea has been built by Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing....

Chongqing posts strong economic growth

28 October 2009
Figures from Chongqing Statistics Bureau showed that the municipality’s GDP reached nearly Rmb380bn during the first three quarters of 2009, up 13.4 per cent over the same period last year....

SSE launches new container freight index

28 October 2009
Shanghai Shipping Exchange has launched a new Shanghai (Export) Container Freight Index (SCFI), Xinhua reported....

Hong Kong tops air cargo league

28 October 2009
Hong Kong International Airport recorded the world’s largest cargo throughput in 2008 with a total of 3.63m tons....

Wisco suffers slump in profits

28 October 2009
Wuhan Iron and Steel Company, the listed arm of Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Corp, posted a 76 per cent decline in net profit in the third quarter of this year due to falling sales....

Coca-Cola opens Wuhan plant

28 October 2009
Coca-Cola has opened a new bottling plant in Wuhan’s East Lake District. It is the soft drinks giant’s 39th bottling plant in China, and the third to open in 2009....

Domestic shipping lines allowed to buy abandoned vessels

21 October 2009
The Ministry of Transport has recently issued a circular that allows domestic shipping companies to purchase ‘abandoned’ vessels (except passenger cruises) for use on domestic routes, after the new capacity is reg...

Gezhouba Dam starts major maintenance project

21 October 2009
A major maintenance project began on 15 October on the No.3 shiplock of Gezhouba Dam, 38km downstream of the Three Gorges Dam. Such work happens once every six years....

Digital mapping programme passes milestone

21 October 2009
The Yangtze Waterway Bureau organised a successful demonstration on 14 October of the digital mapping of Wuhan port....

Chongqing receives influx of domestic investment

21 October 2009
Statistics from Chongqing municipal government revealed a 52 per cent year-on-year increase to Rmb76.2bn in utilised domestic investment in the first three-quarters of 2009....

MoR to issue construction bonds

21 October 2009
The Ministry of Railways will start issuing the second lot of China Railway Construction Bonds worth a total of Rmb20bn on 22-23 October....

China starts huge relocation for water plan

21 October 2009
China has begun to resettle 330,000 people to make way for construction of a water transportation project that will divert water from the Yangtze River to Beijing, according to official media. People from Henan and Hubei p...

FedEx to deliver earlier in Shanghai

21 October 2009
FedEx Express has announced an improvement to its inbound international express service in China that will involve parcels from around the world being delivered in Shanghai by noon, six hours earlier than the previous commitm...

Kunming to build cold chain centre

21 October 2009
Construction of the Yunnan-Asean International Cold Chain Logistics Centre is to begin next month in the Yunnan provincial capital of Kunming, reported Logistics Week....

Major milk facility opens in Sichuan

21 October 2009
Cofco, the major shareholder of dairy company Mengniu, has announced that production has begun at Mengniu’s manufacturing base in Meishan, Sichuan province....

Wuhan begins metro tunnel construction

21 October 2009
On 16 October, drilling work began in Wuhan, Hubei province, on China’s first metro tunnel under the Yangtze River, according to local officials....

Road link for Shanghai islands

21 October 2009
The world’s largest tunnel-bridge structure, linking Shanghai with two of its major islands, will be open to traffic at the end of this month, reported China Daily. The Yangtze River Tunnel-Bridge and connecting expr...

Work starts on Lanzhou-Chongqing railway

21 October 2009
Construction of the Chongqing section of the Lanzhou-Chongqing railway started on 17 October....

Jiujiang doubles container throughput

14 October 2009
SIPG Jiujiang port recorded a September throughput of 10,034 teu, its largest-ever single month total. For the first nine months of 2009, container throughput totalled 65,000 teu, up 108 per cent year-on-year....

Yangtze establishes emergency salvation mechanism

14 October 2009
The Yangtze River Administration and the Salvation Bureau, both under the Ministry of Transport, signed an agreement on 12 October to set up an emergency salvation system....

Shanghai and HK form airport joint venture

14 October 2009
The operators of the main international airports in Shanghai and Hong Kong are to form a joint venture to manage Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, reported China Daily....

WWL expands RoRo service to Japan and Korea

14 October 2009
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics is to increase the number of its sailings on the Japan-South Korea-China RoRo service to three a month....

State to spend Rmb469bn on Go West policy in 2009

14 October 2009
China plans to invest Rmb469bn in infrastructure projects to boost the development of the country’s western regions in 2009, said the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)....

Damco selects Chengdu ahead of Chongqing

14 October 2009
Damco, formerly known as Maersk Logistics, has recently decided to set up an operation in Chengdu rather than Chongqing....

More trains put on to cope with holiday traffic

14 October 2009
China’s railways carried 54.5m passengers over the busy National Day holiday period between 1-7 October, according to the Ministry of Railway....

Carrefour Chongqing to source more local produce

14 October 2009
Carrefour, the France-based retailer, will spend more than Rmb100m on buying fruit and vegetables in Chongqing next year, according to Eric Legros, chief executive of the company’s China operation....

Sichuan puts faith in chemicals sector

14 October 2009
Sichuan plans to spend Rmb82.5bn on 137 projects in the natural gas, chemicals and petrochemicals sectors, said Zhang Yushan, deputy director of the province’s Economic Commission. In 2008, Sichuan’s sales reve...

Taicang starts weekly service to Incheon

7 October 2009
On 29 September an inaugural container service was completed on the direct route between the ports of Taicang in Jiangsu province and Incheon in South Korea. The vessel Linyuan has a 614 teu capacity....

Taibo to establish world’s largest soda plant

7 October 2009
The Taiwan-headquartered Taibo Group is to set up the world’s largest soda plant in Huaian, in the north of Jiangsu province. Construction started on 29 September....

All Jiangsu expressways to be renamed

7 October 2009
Transport authorities in Jiangsu have announced a plan to rename all its national and provincial expressways as part of a nationwide effort to standardise the names of all expressways....

Private money for railway project

7 October 2009
Construction has begun in northern Shanxi province on China’s first railway involving private funds. The railway is co-funded by the Broad Union Investment Management Group, Yufeng Railway Construction Investment and t...

Trains carry record numbers over holiday

7 October 2009
China’s railways carried a record of 6.93m people on National Day on 1 October, according to the Ministry of Railways....

Guiyang starts major transport upgrade

7 October 2009
Guiyang, capital of southwest Guizhou province, started the construction of an urban railway network on 29 September, reported China Daily. The Rmb18.9bn network will connect nine logistic centres around the city....

CSCL introduces peak season rate increases

7 October 2009
China Shipping Container Lines has announced peak season surcharges and rate increases on most of its major trade lanes, according to Exim News Service. A peak season surcharge for shipments on Asia-European/Mediterranean...
September 2009

Liberian chemical tanker avoids Yangtze collision

30 September 2009
The Liberian chemical tanker ‘Cyrano’ broke down recently on the Yangtze River near Zhenjiang Runyang Bridge on its way from Jiangyin to Nanjing, according to a China News Services story....

Yangtze cargo up 15.2% in September

30 September 2009
Figures released by the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport showed a year-on-year increase of 15.2 per cent in general cargo throughput to 98m tons in the first 26 days of September....

Yangtze mouth dredging project ahead of schedule

30 September 2009
The third phase of the multi-million dollar dredging project at the mouth of the Yangtze that aims to increase water depth to 12.5 metres has started its ‘final push’ ahead of schedule, according to the Yangtze Ri...

Ministry forecasts large traffic increases during holiday

30 September 2009
Statistics from the Ministry of Transport show that 488m people are expected to use roads and railways during the eight-day National Day holiday period, up 6.8 per cent year-on-year....

Major rivers fail environmental checks

30 September 2009
Water quality levels in 30 per cent of China’s major river sections are below standard, according to officials at the Ministry of Environmental Protection....

Upturn in China’s container shipping

30 September 2009
China’s container shipping business is starting to recover for the first time since the start of the global financial crisis, according to a report by China Daily....

Work begins on another Chongqing railway

30 September 2009
Construction began on 26 September of the Chongqing North Railway Station-Fuling section of the second line of the Chongqing-Huaihua Railway....

Bombardier wins major train order

30 September 2009
The Chinese joint venture of Canadian plane and train manufacturer Bombardier has won a contract to build 80 high-speed trains for China’s Ministry of Railways, the Wall Street Journal reported....

New air cargo service to Italy and Austria

30 September 2009
Air China Cargo has begun a three-times-a-week service to Vienna International Airport with a Boeing 747 Freighter....

Ferro expands solar products capacity in Suzhou

30 September 2009
Ferro Corporation, the US-based supplier of materials for fabricating photovoltaic silicon solar cells, has started production of solar aluminium paste at its expanded Suzhou facility. The 16,500 square metre plant has roo...

Three Gorges tightens security over National Day holiday

23 September 2009
The Yangtze River Administration issued a circular on 11 September, saying that between 21 September and 10 October, the anti-terrorist code will be activated in the Three Gorges Reservoir and all vessels passing the shiplock...

Clampdown on postal deliveries to Beijing

23 September 2009
In addition to tighter shipping security in the Three Gorges area ahead of the National Day holidays, China is strengthening safety checks on letters and parcels sent to addresses in Beijing, the Ministry of Public Security a...

Wuhan soon to start building four intercity rail lines

23 September 2009
Wuhan government announced on 21 September that work will start on four intercity railway lines within the year, connecting the city with Huangshi (58km away), Huanggang (63km), Xiaogan (33km) and Xianning (51km). A total...

No tolls on Nanjing section of Riverside Highway

23 September 2009
The Nanjing section of the Riverside Highway was completed on 20 September, complementing the existing Shanghai-Nanjing Expressway and 312 National Highway, which runs from Shanghai to Xinjiang in the far west of China....

Nantong Rugao terminal welcomes largest ever vessel

23 September 2009
A Korean vessel carrying 30,211 tons of iron ore arrived at Rugao terminal in Nantong, Jiangsu province, on 21 September. With a draught of 10.86 metres, it is the largest ship to have ever called at the terminal....

Changan Ford starts to build new Chongqing plant

23 September 2009
Changan Ford Mazda, a joint venture between Chongqing Changan Automobile, Ford and Mazda will start building its third plant in Chongqing on 25 September in response to growing sales in the China market. The new plant is d...

Refrigerated warehouse sector poised for rapid growth

23 September 2009
China’s refrigerated warehouse sector is expected to grow by an average of 24 per cent in each of the next five years, according to a Jones Lang LaSalle report....

New regulation on marine pollution

23 September 2009
China’s State Council has issued a new regulation covering the prevention and clearing up of marine pollution caused by vessels, reported Xinhua. It is set to take effect on 1 March 2010....

China embraces world car-fee day

23 September 2009
Cities across China encouraged residents to leave their cars in the garage on Tuesday 22 September as part of the global car-free day....

Rebound in aviation fortunes

23 September 2009
The number of passengers flying on China-based airlines rose 42 per cent year-on-year in August, while cargo and mail traffic grew 18 per cent, according to the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China....

Railways ministry launches bond issue

23 September 2009
The Ministry of Railways has begun the process of raising Rmb30bn in bonds to support railway construction in China, reported Xinhua. The funds are to be used to construct 32 new lines, including a high-speed passenger lin...

Wumart in acquisition talks with Jiangsu retailer

23 September 2009
Beijing-based Wumart remains in talks to acquire Jiangsu province-based retailer Times, reported Caijing magazine....

L’Oreal to expand in Yichang

16 September 2009
L'Oreal China president Paolo Gasparrini and three of his senior managers met with the Communist Party Secretary of Yichang on 10 September and pledged to increase investment at annual rate of 69 per cent over the next three...

Three Gorges Dam moves to full capacity

16 September 2009
The State Council has approved the plan for the Three Gorges Dam to start, from 15 September, the cycle of storing flood water to the maximum level of 175 metres for the first time....

More Yangtze dredging work announced

16 September 2009
The Yangtze Waterway Bureau has announced a series of measures to ensure shipping safety on the Three Gorges reservoir....

New terminal to be built on Three Gorges reservoir

16 September 2009
The Development and Reform Commission of Hubei province has given the go-ahead to a new terminal project at Taipingxi in Yichang, Hubei province....

19 die after vessel capsizes in Tongling

16 September 2009
At 6:45am on 8 September, two men from Xuba town in Tongling used their own unlicensed wooden motor boat to ferry 38 farmers to their harvesting jobs in a nearby town....

MOR prioritises Yunnan construction plans

16 September 2009
In the first eight months of 2009, the Ministry of Railways invested Rmb1.35bn in 11 railway projects in Yunnan, one of the provinces least served by the national rail system....

Singapore vessel captain admits to collision guilt

16 September 2009
Nantong maritime safety officials received a circular from their Fujian counterparts on 8 September, informing them that a Singapore flagged vessel carrying 9,000 tons of palm oil heading for Nantong collided with a Chinese f...

Jiangsu records 505 cases of swine flu

16 September 2009
Jiangsu public health authorities said on 15 September that the province had recorded 505 cases of the H1N1 virus, otherwise known as swine flu, by 9 September....

Polluting paper mill faces closure

16 September 2009
A paper mill in Chongqing faces the prospect of closure next year if it continues to fail to clean up its waste water as requested by the local authorities, reported China Daily....

Merck acquires Taicang pigments firm

16 September 2009
Global pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck has acquired Suzhou Taizhu Technology Development, a supplier of effect pigments located in the Yangtze port city of Taicang, Jiangsu province....

Throughput boost at coastal ports

16 September 2009
Throughput at Dalian port in Liaoning province between January and August 2009 increased 12 per cent year-on-year, according to operator Dalian Port (PDA) Co....

Toll cuts yield major savings for Guangxi truckers

16 September 2009
Guangxi autonomous region in southern China has introduced a toll reduction scheme that has saved truck companies a total of Rmb168,700 between 10 and 31 July, Xinhua reported....

New Chongqing-Europe airfreight services

16 September 2009
Two international airfreight routes connecting Chongqing and Europe have been initiated by Jade Cargo International Airlines, according to the municipal government....

VW to expand Nanjing and Chengdu plants

16 September 2009
Volkswagen Group says it plans to invest a total of €4bn in new products and expand production capacities in China. Output at both the Nanjing and Chengdu plants is to be boosted to 300,000-350,000 units by 2012....

Dangerous goods procedures tightened up at Three Gorges

9 September 2009
The Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs has clarified the procedures involving applications to pass the shiplocks, following a major accident in early August when 12 chemical containers together with 50 othe...
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