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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...

Jiangyin chemical terminal passes inspection

9 September 2009
Odfjell Jiangyin Terminal, the largest liquid chemical storage tanker terminal in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze, recently passed an official inspection by the Jiangsu provincial transport authorities....

August cargo throughput on Yangtze increases 12.7%

9 September 2009
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration, the Ministry of Transport, show that throughput along the Yangtze in August increased 12.7 per cent to 101m tons over the same period last year....

Yangtze dry bulk index edges up

9 September 2009
The Yangtze dry bulk index reached 803.47 in August, up 0.76 per cent over the previous month. Coal and metal ore were the commodities most responsible for the slight increase....

More direct flights between Wuhan and Taiwan

9 September 2009
Taiwan Fuxing Airlines started a new direct service between Wuhan and Taiwan on 22 August. Before then, only China Eastern Airlines offered a regular service, with six flights a week....

SRDC agrees to develop Chengdu-Chongqing region

9 September 2009
The State Reform and Development Commission has agreed in principle to include the development of Chengdu-Chongqing economic region in its 12th five-year plan (2011-16), according to a prominent scholar....

China Shipping suffers slump in revenue

9 September 2009
China Shipping Container Lines recorded a 51.5 per cent fall in revenue to Rmb8.92bn in the first half of 2009 compared with the same period in 2008....

High-polluting vehicles to be penalised

9 September 2009
China plans to impose a tax on exhaust emissions in a bid to get the worst polluting vehicles off the roads, reported China Daily. The government will gradually push for the removal of some 18m high-emission vehicles after...

Chengdu-Lhasa railway faces delay

9 September 2009
Construction on the Chengdu-Lhasa railway will not start this month, said the Ministry of Railway in response to recent contradictory state media reports. Planners and engineers are still examining the difficult geological...

Work on Chongqing’s third railway station to start this year

9 September 2009
Construction of Chongqing’s third railway station will start this year, said Zhang Yuan, chief planner of the municipality’s urban planning bureau....

METRO to open Changshu outlet

9 September 2009
METRO Cash & Carry will open four new stores in China this year including one on the Yangtze port city of Changshu in Jiangsu province, said Tino Zeiske, president of the company’s China operations....

Nanjing to build major LCD projects

9 September 2009
Nanjing government has signed an agreement with Sharp of Japan and the state-owned China Electronics Technology Group to jointly set up an eighth-generation LCD panel plant in the Jiangsu capital....

Nantong-Taiwan throughput exceeds 500,000 tons

2 September 2009
The departure from Nantong on 25 August of a Taiwan-bound bulk carrier loaded with 21,200 tons of cement took total throughput on the newly opened route to more than 500,000 tons, according to the China Waterway Transport new...

Cargo throughput growth increases in July

2 September 2009
China’s cargo throughput increased 3.5 per cent year-on-year to 3.88bn tons in the first seven months of 2009, according to the Ministry of Transport....

SIPG pledges to invest in Yibing port

2 September 2009
Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) is to invest in one of the most westerly ports on the Yangtze trunkline, Yibing, according to the city’s government....

New vessel deliveries more than double in Waigaoqiao

2 September 2009
Shanghai’s shipbuilding industry has bottomed out, according to the border inspection agency at Waigaoqiao. The area under its jurisdiction usually accounts for half of all export orders in Shanghai....

Steel price fall causes vessel snarl up on Grand Canal

2 September 2009
At least 150 vessels containing a combined 75,000 tonnes of steel products have clogged up the Grand Canal near Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, because buyers refused to receive orders they had made before a sudden slump in pr...

More funds for dredging the Yangtze

2 September 2009
The central government has allocated a new budget of Rmb984m for 12 dredging projects in the Yangtze trunkline, according to the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport....

Shanghai Yangtze Bridge ready for operation

2 September 2009
Work to lay epoxy asphalt on the surface of the Shanghai Yangtze Bridge was completed on 27 August, which means that the bridge is ready for traffic, according to China Transport Newspaper....

Ministry of Railways gives priority to Xinjiang cotton pickers

2 September 2009
Deputy Minister of Railways Mr Hu Yadong has recently written to his staff in charge of Urumqi Railway Bureau, instructing them to provide priority and flexibility in transporting Xinjiang cotton pickers and reporting the tra...

Foreign trade throughput soars in Jiangyin

2 September 2009
Statistics from the Maritime Safety Authorities in Jiangyin, Jiangsu province show that between January and August this year, the number of international vessels entering and departing the city’s port exceeded 3,400, up...

Suzhou tops Jiangsu private car rankings

2 September 2009
Statistics from Suzhou Vehicle Administration Authorities show that by end of July, the total number of cars registered in the city reached 925,500, an increase of 98,800 compared with the end of 2008....

Chongqing outer ring road nears completion

2 September 2009
Chongqing’s 186km-long outer ring expressway will be opened to traffic at the end of 2009, according to local media....

Wanzhou bonded warehouse opens

2 September 2009
The first bonded warehouse in the Three Gorges Reservoir area was officially opened on 28 August....

Cosco reports second consecutive loss

2 September 2009
China Cosco Holdings reported a US$672m net loss in the first half of 2009, Bloomberg reported, the second consecutive interim loss for the shipping company....

Air China keen to develop cargo JV with Cathay Pacific

2 September 2009
Air China will accelerate talks with Cathay Pacific Airways regarding the formation of an air cargo joint venture based in Shanghai, South China Morning Post reported....

East Star falls into bankruptcy

2 September 2009
Wuhan-based private airline East Star Airlines has officially become bankrupt after its restructuring application was rejected by the city’s Intermediate People’s Court, reported a Hubei government website....

Work on Sichuan-Tibet railway to start this month

2 September 2009
Construction of the Sichuan-Tibet railway will begin in September, according to a Sichuan-based news site....

China Energy Recovery selects Yangzhou for expansion

2 September 2009
Shanghai-based China Energy Recovery, a company that specialises in waste heat energy recovery, has decided to build a new manufacturing plant in the Yangtze port city of Yangzhou, Jiangsu province....

New solar power project for Wuhan

2 September 2009
Construction of a US$450m solar power project has begun in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province....
     
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