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August 2009

Cause of Yueyang chemical explosion revealed

26 August 2009
The Yangtze Police Yueyang branch confirmed last week that a major fire on 18 July at the private terminal of Yueyang Chemical Plant was caused by the mishandling of the highly flammable solvent cyclohexane....

Small vessels stranded by flood torrents

26 August 2009
More than 200 vessels with an engine size of less than 270 kW were stranded in waters between the Three Gorges Dam and the Gezhouba Dam due to the torrents created by the largest flood during the current rainy season. The...

Chong Gang to become China’s largest vessel steel producer

26 August 2009
Chongqing Iron & Steel Group (Chong Gang) said that a new project to produce 4100mm steel plates will start operation in September and its first phase in Chong Gang New Area would reach an annual capacity of 6.5m tons by...

Shanghai metro to rank third in world

26 August 2009
The numbers 7, 9 and 11 lines of the Shanghai underground railway system will run into pilot operation by the end of this year, according to the local transport authorities....

SAT clarifies definitions for western China investments

26 August 2009
The State Administration of Taxation has issued a circular to clarify definitions contained in a previous circular regarding tax incentives for projects in China’s western regions, including Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou...

Car sales surge ahead in China's interior

26 August 2009
Car sales in China’s western and central regions increased 33 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2009, according to a report from the global market research firm, Ipsos....

Macquarie and Everbright launch China infrastructure funds

26 August 2009
Macquarie, the Australian bank that specialises in infrastructure investment, and financial services firm China Everbright are to form two funds that will seek to raise a total of US$1.5bn for infrastructure projects. Both...

DHL starts China-Vietnam trucking service

26 August 2009
DHL, the global express transportation company, has launched a cross-border trucking service linking major Chinese cities with destinations in Vietnam....

Shanghai considers introducing pollution insurance law

26 August 2009
Shanghai’s Urban Environmental Protection Committee is deliberating on a draft law that could force shipping companies to take out insurance against pollution spills, reported China Daily....

Rail cargo volume increases for first time in 2009

26 August 2009
The amount of freight carried by China’s railways rose 0.3 per cent year-on-year in July, the first monthly increase in 2009, according to Ministry of Railways figures. Cargo transportation volume stood at 1.88bn ton...

GE Drivetrain invests in Chongqing JV

26 August 2009
GE Drivetrain Technologies, part of the giant US-based multinational GE, has formed a joint venture with Chongqing XinXing Fengneng Investment to produce large diameter gears for the wind turbine industry....

Honda assembles new model at Wuhan plant

26 August 2009
Honda Motor has started to manufacture the Spirior sports sedan at the Dongfeng Honda Automobile joint venture in Wuhan, Asia Pulse reported....

New air service between KL and Chengdu

26 August 2009
Malaysian airline AirAsia X is to launch services between Kuala Lumpur and Chengdu from 22 October....

Nanjing tunnel due to open next June

26 August 2009
A six-lane road tunnel under the Yangtze River in Nanjing, designed to ease congestion in the city, is expected to open for traffic in June next year, according to Xinhua....

High-speed Chongqing-Chengdu rail service to begin in October

26 August 2009
A new high-speed train that will operate between Chongqing and Chengdu will be delivered later this month, according to a local government department....

Maanshan and Chizhou ports set for open status

26 August 2009
Two major Yangtze ports in Anhui province, Maanshan and Chizhou, are to be opened to foreign vessels, according to Hefei Customs....

Tibet opens new logistics centre

19 August 2009
An important logistics centre has been established along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway in the Tibetan township of Nagqu. Covering Lhasa, Qamdo, Ali and northern Xigaze, the centre provides services on freight transportation, s...

PetroChina launches Chongqing fuel storage tank

19 August 2009
PetroChina has put an 11,000 cubic metre oil products tank into operation in Chongqing. The municipality has suffered from tight oil product supplies for several years due to poor transportation links....

Chongqing-Seoul flights to resume

19 August 2009
Air services between Chongqing and Seoul will resume on 17 September with two flights a week, according to Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission. Services on the route began in 2000 but were suspended f...

Carrefour to open new store in Hefei

19 August 2009
Carrefour is expected to open a new store in Hefei, Anhui province before the Spring Festival in 2010. The France-based retailer will take out a 20-year lease on a 23,000 sq metre site owned by Hefei New Civil and Cultural...

Fall in Greater China trade volumes

19 August 2009
Trade volume between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong dropped 23.6 per cent year-on-year to US$88.68bn during the first seven months of 2009, according to the Ministry of Commerce....

Air China ties up with Sinotrans Shipping

19 August 2009
Air China has signed a strategic co-operation framework agreement with Sinotrans Shipping, one of China’s largest shipping companies....

Approval granted for Pudong Airport bonded area

19 August 2009
Shanghai has obtained approval from the State Council to build a bonded area in Shanghai Pudong Airport, reported Xinhua. It will be the first bonded area at an airport in mainland China and will cover an area of some 4 sq...

Wuxi to burn all household waste for electricity

19 August 2009
The city of Wuxi, located on one of the Yangtze’s major tributaries, Taihu Lake, is building a third power plant that generates electricity through burning household waste, according to the local media....

Chongqing July exports rise 9.5%

19 August 2009
Chongqing’s export value rose by 9.5 per cent in July to US$61.64m compared with the previous month, while imports rose by 32 per cent to US$15.4m. The major markets are the US, Hong Kong and Italy....

Huainan Coal Mine to become largest shareholder in Wuhu port

19 August 2009
Wuhu port, listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, announced on 18 August that it plans to sell Rmb170m-worth of A Shares to Huainan Coal Mine, the largest coal producer in Anhui province....

Floods trigger emergency clearance of Three Gorges reservoir

19 August 2009
August floods have sent an unprecedented quantity of floating waste such as broken branches and weeds down the Three Gorges Reservoir....

Official crackdown on undeclared dangerous goods

19 August 2009
Mr Tang Guanjun, Director of the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport, told the Yangtze Shippers Association that undeclared dangerous goods on vessels will be severely punished once discovered....

Salvage halted of sunken chemical containers in Three Gorges

19 August 2009
A serious accident occurred on the evening of 10 August when 62 containers from the Chongqing barge 'Hanglong 518’ fell into the lower waters of The Three Gorges Reservoir in Yichang....

Nanjing MSA cracks down on overloading

19 August 2009
Marine Safety Authorities in Nanjing announced on 19 August that they will set up inspection points along the Nanjing section of the Yangtze River to check the weight of passing vessels....

Yangtze container shipping edges up in July

5 August 2009
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that the Yangtze dry bulk index stood at 797.4 at the end of July, 0.6 per cent down on end-June....

Waterway control centre for Shanghai Expo starts operation

5 August 2009
The director of Shanghai Maritime Safety Authority said in an interview on 31 July that the waterway control centre and emergency response centres for the Shanghai Expo 2010 had started operation....

Outbound containers picking up

5 August 2009
Statistics from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange show an upturn in outbound container shipping business....

Nanjing port cements alliance with Huaneng Power

5 August 2009
Nanjing port signed an agreement with Huaneng Power at the end of July to increase its stake in their joint venture, Nanjing Port Tianchen....

Rains force closure of Three Gorges shiplocks

5 August 2009
The five-step shiplocks of the Three Gorges Dam were temporarily closed on 3 August in preparation for the biggest flood crest of the summer....

US group starts to build China’s largest cold storage facility

5 August 2009
The US-based Preferred Freezer Services has broken ground on a refrigerated warehouse in Shanghai’s Lingang Logistics Park. After construction, the 26,000 sq metre facility will be the largest and most advanced singl...

Jiangsu shipbuilder enters ship demolition market

5 August 2009
Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has become the latest yard to enter the ship demolition market....

Railway freight volumes hold steady

5 August 2009
China’s total railway freight volume stood at 273.55m tons in June 2009, reported People’s Daily, virtually unchanged on the same month last year....

China cargo throughput surges in July

5 August 2009
Cargo throughput at China’s leading ports stood at 500m tons in July, a year-on-year growth rate of 12.9 per cent according to the Ministry of Transport....

Chongqing to shut 50 hazardous chemicals operators

5 August 2009
Chongqing will shut down at least 50 hazardous chemicals enterprises in the next three years according to a local government website....
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