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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...
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