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January 2009

Rmb1bn for Yangtze dredging in 2009

28 January 2009
The central government has set aside Rmb1bn this year alone on dredging projects across the trunk line of the Yangtze....

Double digit increase estimated on road passenger volumes over the Chinese New Year

28 January 2009
Statistics from the Ministry of Transport showed that, in the 12 days leading up to January 22, the total passenger volume on major national highways stood at nearly 60m, up 11 per cent on the corresponding period in the lead...

State help for Chongqing firms

28 January 2009
The city’s executive vice mayor Huang Qifang has predicted that the city’s industrial output this year would exceed Rmb800bn, up 23 per cent from that of last year....

Spending plans confirmed for water diversion project

28 January 2009
China will invest Rmb21.3bn in the south-to-north water diversion programme in 2009, according to the office in charge of the scheme under the State Council....

Okay returns to the skies

28 January 2009
After a seven-week suspension, Okay Airways resumed operations on 23 January, two days before the Chinese New Year holiday. The suspension came after some airports, worried about the airline's financial troubles, would only...

CIMC to set up Wuhu truck plant

28 January 2009
China International Marine Containers, the world's biggest manufacturer of containers, plans to set up a new truck-making joint venture with two domestic investment holding companies in Wuhu, Anhui province, Reuters reported....

Leading FIEs open Wuhan offices

28 January 2009
Two prominent foreign manufacturers have selected Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, to become their regional headquarters in central China....

Renamed Chengdu port set to develop fast

21 January 2009
A framework agreement was signed on 18 January between the local governments of Chengdu and Leshan....

Nantong port secures record investment

21 January 2009
Investment in the Port of Nantong reached an all-time record of nearly Rmb1.7bn in 2008, up 7.6 per cent year-on-year and 13 per cent more than the planned budget....

Taicang throughput increases 42%

21 January 2009
Taicang terminal, one of three terminals under the umbrella of Suzhou port, reached a new high in handling 1.45m teu last year, up by 42.4 per cent year-on-year....

Wal-Mart expands in Wuhan

21 January 2009
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retail chain, has opened its first wholly-owned outlet in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province....

CNAHC in talks to buy Wuhan carrier

21 January 2009
China National Aviation Holding Co, the parent company of Air China, has been in talks with Wuhan-based East Star Airlines to acquire all or part of the private carrier in a bid to strengthen its presence in central China, re...

Chongqing expands highway network

21 January 2009
Eight highway projects in Chongqing with a total length of 412km will be completed in 2009, taking the total highway length in the municipality to 1,500km, according to a local government website....

Work starts on Chongqing railway

21 January 2009
Construction of Suining-Chongqing Railway Line II project started on 18 January....

Shenzhen and Shanghai suffer container falls

14 January 2009
Container shipping volumes at the mainland's two largest ports plunged in December, with throughput in Shanghai dropping 6 per cent and in Shenzhen by 15.7 per cent, South China Morning Post reported....

Three Gorges capacity exceeds 100m tons

14 January 2009
Shipping capacity through theThree Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River reached a record high in 2008, said the Three Gorges Navigation Administration....

Chongqing cracks down on truck overloading

14 January 2009
Chongqing municipal government has vowed to speed up its road building and protection campaign....

Chongqing-Lichuan railway construction begins

14 January 2009
Work has begun on a 264km section of Chongqing-Shanghai Railway Line that connects Chongqing and Lichuan, Hubei province. It is the most challenging of the entire line as it winds its way through mountainous terrain....

Dredging project on Grand Canal wins state approval

14 January 2009
China has approved dredging work on a 122km stretch of the Grand Canal in Zhejiang province, costing approximately Rmb10bn....

Gales prevent ocean vessels leaving Shanghai

14 January 2009
More than 40 international vessels had to cancel departure from Yangshan, Waigaoqiao and Wusong terminals in Shanghai over a period of three days from 11am on 9 January because of strong winds....

Tang Guanjun named as new director of Yangtze Administration

14 January 2009
The Ministry of Transport has announced that Mr Tang Guanjun is to be the new director of Yangtze River Administration of Navigational Affairs....

Hunan predicts marked rise in 2009 river cargo volume

14 January 2009
Provincial officials said on 12 January that river cargo would reach a new high in 2009 on the back of its aggressive investment in waterway, port and other transport infrastructure projects....

New Yangtze navigation rule to reduce cost for shippers

14 January 2009
Shanghai maritime authorities have recently announced two sections at the Yangtze mouth that can accommodate the simultaneous passing of two large vessels in opposite directions....

Rail volumes to stay flat

14 January 2009
Rail cargo volume in 2009 would be unchanged from last year, predicted the Ministry of Railways. The ministry said it would rely more heavily on passenger transport to offset any weakness in cargo, reported Xinhua....

Go West incentive for graduates

14 January 2009
In a new measure that forms part of the central government’s Go West policy, graduates who find jobs in towns and villages in central and western China will have their tuition refunded....

Cosco cancels bulk vessel orders

14 January 2009
Cosco said its subsidiary in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, had cancelled an order for two bulk carrier vessels, while postponing the delivery of another two vessels until 2010....

Hon Hai looks to central China

7 January 2009
Taiwan-based technology manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co plans to shift production to third-tier Chinese mainland cities in order to reduce costs and take advantage of preferential tax policies, reported China Sourc...

Work starts on coastal expressway

7 January 2009
Work has begun on the Chongming-Qidong Expressway, an important part of a regional project that will nearly halve travel time between Shanghai and Jiangsu province. When finished in 2012, the expressway will link Chongming I...

Shanghai container volume increases 7 per cent

7 January 2009
Shanghai port’s container throughput increased 7 per cent to 28m teu in 2008, maintaining its number two world ranking behind Singapore....

Plunge in air cargo volume

7 January 2009
Cargo volume on mainland Chinese airlines plunged 11.3 per cent year-on-year in November, reported Cargonews Asia, as a result of a downturn in consumer spending in Europe and North America....

Sichuan roads repaired

7 January 2009
Sichuan provincial government has announced that all the roads destroyed by the May earthquake have reopened. According to media reports, the massive quake affected or destroyed 22,000km of roads in Sichuan....

Central railway line completed

7 January 2009
Construction of the Hefei-Wuhan Railway, the first high-speed line in central China, has been completed after three years, said the government of Wuhan....

Approval for Wuhan bonded logistics centre

7 January 2009
China has approved the establishment of Wuhan Dongxihu bonded logistics centre. It will act as a bonded warehouse and export supervision warehouse and will offer a number of preferential policies for international trade....

Cuntan phase three begins

7 January 2009
The third phase project of Chongqing’s Cuntan container terminal has begun, according to a municipal government website....

Wuhan water level hits new low

7 January 2009
The Yangtze water level at Wuhan Customs at 8am on 2 January stood at 14.56 metres, the lowest level since the dry season started in November and a fall of 9.65 metres from the peak tide on 9 August....

All change for solar buoys

7 January 2009
The Yangtze Waterway Bureau has announced that it plans to replace all buoys on the entire navigable length of the Yangtze with patented solar-charged minimum-maintenance uniform buoys within the next two years, comprising so...

Yangtze ports feature in national league table

7 January 2009
Early statistics from the Ministry of Transport showed that cargo throughput in 17 of the country’s ports exceeded 100m tons in 2008....
     
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