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March 2010

Yangtze general cargo throughput up 30% in March

31 March 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that general cargo throughput on the Yangtze trunk line increased by 30 per cent year-on-year in March 2010 to 110m tons....

World’s tallest tower bridge lifted into place

31 March 2010
On 31 March, the final lifting movement saw the Taizhou Yangtze Bridge, the world’s tallest tower bridge, reach a height of 192 metres....

Construction begins on water diversion canal

31 March 2010
China has started to build a 67km-long canal from the middle section of the Yangtze River to a tributary that connects with the central route of the country’s south-north water diversion project....

SIPG posts improved Q4 2009 earnings

31 March 2010
Shanghai International Port (Group), the largest port operator in China, booked a net profit of US$150.9m in the fourth quarter of 2009, up 48 per cent from a year earlier, China Knowledge Press reported....

TCC granted China licence

31 March 2010
The soon to be launched The Containership Company has been granted an operating licence in China, reported Seatrade....

Work starts on Changsha-Kunming high-speed railway

31 March 2010
Construction work began on 26 March of a high-speed passenger railway between the provincial capitals of Changsha, Hunan province, and Kunming, Yunnan province....

High-speed line puts end to central China air service

31 March 2010
The popularity of high-speed train services between Zhengzhou and Xian has led to the postponement of air services between the two cities just seven weeks after the line opened, reported Xinhua....

Aeroflot resumes freighter services to China

31 March 2010
Russian carrier Aeroflot has resumed flying a full freighter schedule after regaining traffic rights from the Chinese authorities, reported International Freighting Weekly....

Sichuan-Shanghai pipeline enters service

31 March 2010
Sinopec has starting to pump gas through the Sichuan-Shanghai natural gas pipeline, reported Xinhua....

Damco opens Chengdu office

31 March 2010
Damco, the logistics arm of A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, has officially opened its new customer service office in Chengdu, Sichuan province....

Chongqing bans vehicles without eco-licences

31 March 2010
From 1 April, Chongqing municipal government is to issue emission-based licences to vehicles according to how environmentally-friendly they are. Vehicles without these licences will not be allowed on the road....

High-speed railway spurs rural tourism in Wuhan

31 March 2010
Wuhan’s Deputy Communist Party Secretary Mr Tu Yong visited some of the most popular rural tourist spots in the city’s administrative area on 29 March and called on local tourism officials to seize the opportunity...

Special shipping measures for Shanghai Expo

24 March 2010
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Authority issued a circular on 17 March, announcing a raft of special measures to be adopted during Shanghai Expo 2010, which runs from May to October....

Watson to expand aggressively in Wuhan

24 March 2010
Watson, the world’s largest health and beauty products retailer, is to build a logistics centre in Wuhan to serve all its stores in central and north-western China....

OOCL reinstates Asia-North Europe service

24 March 2010
Improved export orders from China have persuaded the shipping line OOCL to partially reinstate some of the capacity it had previously withdrawn from the Asia-North Europe trade. A new service, jointly operated by various c...

NYK Logistics opens in Nanjing

24 March 2010
NYK Logistics has opened a branch in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province....

Second terminal opens at Hongqiao

24 March 2010
Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport opened a second terminal on 16 March, two months ahead of the 2010 Expo. The five-year expansion project, which includes a new 3,300 metre-long runway in addition to the terminal, will boo...

KLM to start services to Hangzhou

24 March 2010
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will launch a scheduled service between Amsterdam and Hangzhou Xiaoshan airport from 8 May this year, thereby becoming the first airline to offer a direct connection between Europe and the capital of...

Air cargo volume up 51% in first two months

24 March 2010
China’s air passenger throughput amounted to 39.66m in the first two months of 2010, up 14.8 per cent from the same period last year, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China....

Drought worsens in southwest China

24 March 2010
The severe drought in southwest China has worsened over the past two weeks due to continued low rainfall levels, according to Xinhua....

Work starts on high-speed line in SW China

24 March 2010
Construction work began on a 308km, high-speed railway linking Chongqing and Chengdu on 22 March, said Wu Yong, director of Chengdu Railway Bureau....

Beijing-Shenyang line construction ‘to begin in July’

24 March 2010
A high-speed railway line connecting Beijing and Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province, may start construction in July, according to sources quoted by China Knowledge. Trains will be able to travel at speeds of up to...

Track-laying completed on Shanghai-Nanjing intercity railway

24 March 2010
Track laying on the Shanghai-Nanjing Intercity Railway was completed on 17 March, according to Xinhua....

Tongling builds new copper smelter

24 March 2010
Tongling Non-Ferrous Metals Group has started building a new copper smelter in Jinchang, Anhui province....

SAIC begins sedan production in Nanjing

24 March 2010
SAIC Motor celebrated the start of manufacturing its own-brand cars at its plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, when a Roewe 350 compact sedan recently rolled off the assembly line....

Foreign trade climbs 54% in Chongqing

24 March 2010
Chongqing’s foreign trade total in the first two months of 2010 increased 54 per cent year-on-year to US$1.49bn....

Ro-Ro vessels to be withdrawn from Three Gorges Reservoir

17 March 2010
From 1 July, a new regulation from the Ministry of Transport will take effect that will withdraw non-standardised Ro-Ro vessels from the Three Gorges Reservoir on a compulsory basis....

Worst drought in 100 years for Luzhou

17 March 2010
Luzhou is suffering its worst drought in 100 years, according to the Yangtze River Waterway Bureau. Several 100 teu vessels were unable to enter Luzhou Container Port and became stranded in nearby Chongqing....

Yangtze digital mapping trial begins

17 March 2010
The Yangtze Waterway Bureau has begun Yangtze digital mapping trials by giving away 12 sets of software and hardware relating to programme....

Shipping rates recover on China-N Europe trade

17 March 2010
Westbound container rates on the China-North Europe trade lanes have risen by as much as 50 per cent over the past six months, according to data from shipping sources compiled by Cargonews Asia....

Cosco looks to diversify

17 March 2010
China Cosco Group, the world’s second largest shipping company by capacity, is considering making investments in foreign iron ore, coal or oil resources in a bid to dilute the financial impact of the volatile the shippi...

Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line to open early

17 March 2010
The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway will begin operation in 2011, a year ahead of schedule, according to Zheng Jian, chief planner of the Ministry of Railways, reported by China Daily....

Sufficient funds to develop high-speed lines, says MoR

17 March 2010
A Ministry of Railways official has said that China has sufficient money to finance the high-speed railway construction programme, reported Xinhua....

Public question new Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev line

17 March 2010
China’s Ministry of Railways said on 13 March that the new Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev line had obtained official government approval....

Gefco ties up cargo deal with Air China

17 March 2010
The France-based international logistics company, Gefco, has signed a deal with Air China to block book belly capacity on inbound and outbound flights with the carrier. Aircargo News said the deal covers Air China’s...

Cargotec wins handling equipment order from Yingkou

17 March 2010
Cargotec has received an order from Yingkou Port Group Corporation for eight Kalmar reachstackers and one empty container handler....

ASEAN becomes Wuhan’s third largest trading partner

17 March 2010
Wuhan city government announced on 17 March that ASEAN countries have replaced the US and Hong Kong to become the city’s third largest trading partner, following the EU and Japan....

Chongqing foreign trade soars 54% in first two months

17 March 2010
Chongqing municipal government announced on 15 March that the city’s foreign trade volumes in the first two months of the year soared by 54 per cent to nearly US$1.5bn....

First Chongqing-made light rail train enters service

17 March 2010
Chongqing’s first light rail train to be made in the city started service on 10 March....

Yangtze dredging project nears completion

10 March 2010
The 12-year, Rmb15bn dredging project of the Yangtze River mouth is due to be completed in the middle of this month....

Foreign bulk carrier avoids collision in Zhangjiagang section

10 March 2010
The Panama-registered bulk carrier Farvang suffered a sudden engine failure on 9 March when passing through a treacherous stretch of the Zhangjiagang section of the Yangtze River....

Interior to develop six major industries

10 March 2010
China’s new 10-year development plan for the interior will shift focus from driving economic growth to developing six major industries most suitable to the region, according Mr Wang Jinxiang, former deputy director of t...

France to help finance low-carbon emission projects in Wuhan

10 March 2010
The head of the French Development Agency has told Wuhan’s Communist Party Secretary and Deputy Provincial Party Secretary Mr Yang Song that the French government wishes to widen the scope of bilateral co-operation to p...

Northern ports expect improved performance in 2010

10 March 2010
Tianjin Port Group, the largest port operator in north China, expects to handle 400m tons of cargo and 10m TEU in 2010. Its cargo throughput last year was 380m tons....

Drought conditions worsen in southwest China

10 March 2010
The drought that has struck five provinces in southwest China has worsened, leaving at least 11m people short of water and affecting large areas of farmland, the authorities have warned. The Office of State Flood Control a...

TNT completes nationwide road network coverage

10 March 2010
TNT Hoau, TNT’s road distribution subsidiary in China, has completed its nationwide day-definite road distribution network, having extended the coverage into Chengdu, Chongqing, Zhengzhou, Xian, Yantai and Xiamen....

China to overtake US highway length by 2013

10 March 2010
China’s highway mileage will surpass that of the US in three years following completion of the ongoing infrastructure construction programme, said Li Shenglin, Minister of Transport....

Vehicle recall numbers climbed 150% last year

10 March 2010
Ten per cent of the 13.6m new vehicles sold in China last year were recalled because of faults, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine....

Southeast Asia improves rail connections with China

10 March 2010
Plans to build an efficient rail network linking China to six Southeast Asian countries are advancing as important gaps are filled in Cambodia, reported the Financial Times. The Asian Development Bank recently agreed to ex...

China Eastern starts Taiwan-Jiangxi cargo service

10 March 2010
From 8 March, China Eastern Airlines started operating direct cargo flights between Taipei and Changbei International Airport in Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi province....

Air China launches cargo service to Paris

10 March 2010
Air China Cargo, China’s largest cargo airline, launched a service between Shanghai and Paris on 6 March, its fourth service between China and Europe....

China to buy 218 planes in 2010

10 March 2010
China plans to buy 218 aircraft this year, including jumbo jets and regional planes, to meet surging demand, said Li Jiaxiang, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. A total of 700m passenger trips a year...

Nanjing Airport Customs to start operation by October

10 March 2010
Nanjing Customs announced on 9 March that its operations at the city’s international airport will start by October 2010....

First-ever Yangtze port survey shows aggressive building programmes

3 March 2010
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport has just completed a survey which, for the first time ever, identifies all the expansion and renovation projects across the 2,838km navigable length of the rive...

Yangtze MSA warns of severe drought in Chongqing section

3 March 2010
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Authority has issued warnings of severe drought in the Chongqing area of the Yangtze....

Hubei Congressmen call for rise in guaranteed water level

3 March 2010
Hubei members of the National Congress are to submit a motion calling for the central government to raise the guaranteed water level between Yichang and Chenglingji in a bid to facilitate better utilisation of the river for i...

Nantong posts highest growth rate in nearly two years

3 March 2010
The port of Nantong, situated near the mouth of the Yangtze, posted a throughput of 33,000 TEU in January 2010, 46 per cent higher than in the same month last year....

New luxury liners to operate on Yangtze

3 March 2010
Chongqing Traffic and Tourism Investment Group said it has started building the first of 10 luxury inland cruise ships in a project that will cost Rmb2bn....

Bunker supply firm acquires tank farm in Zhejiang

3 March 2010
The privately-owned Chinese bunker supplier Shanghai Lonyer Petrochemicals has acquired Hailian Tank Farm in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, according to various reports....

China Shipping and Shenergy form coal shipping venture

3 March 2010
China Shipping Development, the dry bulk and tanker arm of China Shipping (Group), and Shenergy, the Shanghai-based energy company, have launched a joint venture shipping company for transporting coal, Shanghai Daily reported...

Shanghai maintains container growth in January

3 March 2010
The Port of Shanghai, the world’s second largest container port after Singapore, recorded a throughput increase of 18 per cent year-on-year to 2.24m TEU in January, reported Xinhua. The port’s performance began...

Shanghai plans container derivates market

3 March 2010
Shanghai Shipping Exchange plans to establish a container shipping derivates market by the end of 2010 as the city strives to challenge London as a global centre for shipping finance. The forward freight agreements will be...

Wuhan-Guangzhou rail services buoyed by Spring Festival

3 March 2010
Services on the Wuhan-to-Guangzhou high-speed railway were 98 per cent full in the first 26 days of the 40-day Spring Festival, reported China Economic Review....

High-speed railway operator seeks public listing

3 March 2010
Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway Co is planning to raise Rmb30bn-50bn through an initial public offering this year, a source with the Ministry of Railways told China Daily....

Air China to pull Chongqing-Nagoya service

3 March 2010
Air China will terminate its services between Chongqing and Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) from 28 March, according to Kyodo News....

Chongqing approves new airport terminal design

3 March 2010
Chongqing will invest another Rmb20bn in the construction of Jiangbei International Airport’s east terminal area....
     
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