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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....
     
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