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April 2010

Three Gorges shiplocks revert to five-step operation

28 April 2010
Heavy rainfall across the Yangtze region over recent days has raised the river water level substantially, and persuaded the management of Three Gorges shiplocks to revert to the five-step operation from 28 April....

General cargo and container throughput rise in April

28 April 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that the throughput of general cargo via all the major ports along the Yangtze trunk line rose by 33.6 per cent year-on-year to 120m tons in April, 7.7 per cent up on Marc...

Jiangyin to deliver 110 new vessels this year

28 April 2010
According to Jiangyin Maritime Safety Authorities, shipyards in the city of Jiangyin in Jiangsu province expect to deliver 110 new vessels this year....

TS Lines starts China-Australia service

28 April 2010
Taiwan’s TS Lines is launching a new China-Australia service that will call at Ningbo, Shanghai, Hong Kong Shekou, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane....

Air China boosts capacity

28 April 2010
Air China is to add nearly 100 new planes to its fleet by 2012 and boost capacity as demand rebounds in China....

China Eastern opens Chengdu operation

28 April 2010
China Eastern Airlines has opened a branch in Chengdu, Sichuan province, its 13th across the country....

UPS opens Shenzhen hub

28 April 2010
UPS has opened an 89,000 sq metre Asia-Pacific hub at Shenzhen Baoan International Airport in Guangdong province, reported IFW....

Work starts on Chengyu expressway

28 April 2010
Construction work has formally begun on the Chongqing section of the Chengyu (Chengdu-Chongqing) expressway 'multi-line’, which will be the third expressway between the two cities....

Chongqing heads FDI growth table

28 April 2010
Chongqing government statistics show that direct foreign investment in the municipality rose by 48 per cent to US$4.04bn last year, the biggest growth in the country for the second year running....

Zhangjiagang imports record iron ore volume in Q1

21 April 2010
The total volume of imported iron ore arriving in Zhangjiagang port during the first three months of 2010 surged by 175 per cent year-on-year to 1.74m tons....

Three more international routes for Taicang

21 April 2010
Taicang port opened three international routes in the first 18 days of April, according to China News Services....

Dangerous goods vessel collides in Wuhu

21 April 2010
A vessel carrying 690 tons of o-Xylene on its way to a bunker fuel facility in the Wuhu section of the Yangtze River collided with an oncoming vessel loaded with 3,000 tons of coal on the morning of 16 April....

Strong China cargo growth in Q1

21 April 2010
Cargo throughput at China’s ports increased 20 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of this year, said He Jianzhong, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transport....

Steel exports double in March

21 April 2010
China’s exports of steel products increased 99 per cent year-on-year to 3.33m tons in March, according to the General Administration of Customs....

Airport bonded area opens in Shanghai

21 April 2010
Shanghai Pudong Airport Comprehensive Bonded Area has passed a government inspection and is now operational, Logistics Week reported. The facility in the west of the Pudong Airport covers an area of 3.59 sq km....

China flights resume to Europe

21 April 2010
The closure of European airports because of the Icelandic volcanic eruption has delayed the transportation of air cargo bound for Europe and thrown into disarray just-in-time supply chains across Asia....

Chongqing accelerates urban rail construction

21 April 2010
The board chairman of Chongqing Urban Rail Transport Group, Shen Xiaoyang, said that the city is speeding up the construction of metro line and light rail projects....

Airport facilities expanded for HP

21 April 2010
Chongqing government is establishing an airfreight logistics platform to facilitate the export of personal computers made by Hewlett-Packard, according to a municipal government website. It has agreed to alter the layout o...

Cheng Shin Tire to establish major plant in Chongqing

21 April 2010
Taiwan’s largest tyre company, Cheng Shin Tire, has signed an agreement with Chongqing’s Changshou district to set up the municipality’s largest tyre base in Yanjia Industrial Park....

Call to set up Yangtze Shipping Exchange

14 April 2010
Liu Xihan, deputy board chairman of Sinotrans Yangtze National Shipping Group and a member of the National People’s Consultative Council, has recently called on the central government to set up a Yangtze Shipping Exchan...

Wuhan receives 5,000 dwt vessel one month early

14 April 2010
On 9 April, an ocean-going vessel carrying 5,000 tons of iron ore with a draught of 5.2 metres arrived safely in Wuhan port, the first time a loaded ocean-going vessel had ever reached Wuhan during that month, according to Ch...

Iron ore imports rise in March

14 April 2010
China imported 59.01m tonnes of iron ore in March, 20 per cent more than in February and 13 per cent up on the same month last year, said the country’s General Administration of Customs....

NTC and Sinopec to create China’s first domestic ethylene fleet

14 April 2010
Nanjing Tanker Corporation (NTC), the listed arm of Sinotrans China Yangtze National Shipping Group, has recently signed a joint venture agreement with Sinopec to set up a specialist fleet for shipping ethylene....

Oil spills in China halve over past decade

14 April 2010
Between 1998 and 2008, a total of 718 accidents occurred in Chinese waters involving oil leakage, totalling 11,749 tons, according to a news story published on 13 April in the National Law newspaper....

Cosco increases China-US capacity

14 April 2010
Cosco Container Lines is to restore capacity on its weekly North China-US Southwest Express service by bringing back six 7,500 TEU vessels to replace the six current 5,500 TEU vessels....

Grand Alliance revives Central China Express service

14 April 2010
Grand Alliance revives Central China Express service Members of the Grand Alliance consortium of container shipping lines will relaunch next month the Central China Express they suspended in December 2009 when it merged wit...

Ceva awarded China trucking safety validation

14 April 2010
Ceva Logistics’ domestic road transport services unit in China, Ceva Ground, has become the first global 3PL to achieve trucking security validation in the country from the Transported Asset Protection Association (Tapa...

HK retains second position in air cargo league

14 April 2010
Hong Kong remained the second-largest cargo airport in 2009, after Memphis in the US, with an annual volume of 3.38m tonnes....

IATA opens new Beijing office

14 April 2010
China’s growing importance in the aviation industry was reinforced by the recent opening of a new north Asia regional office in Beijing for the International Air Transport Association (IATA)....

Security checks start on all vehicles entering Shanghai

14 April 2010
From 8am on 15 April, all vehicles entering Shanghai will have compulsory security checks because of the Shanghai Expo (1 May-31October). The checks will end on 15 November....

New metro line opens in Shanghai

14 April 2010
Shanghai’s 11th subway line started trial operation on 10 April. Metro Line 10, which is 29.6km long, will officially open after a three-month trial period, said a municipal government official....

Drought relief for Chongqing

14 April 2010
Heavy rain has eased drought conditions in Chongqing municipality, but dry weather and higher temperatures persist elsewhere in southwest China. Zhang Xu, deputy director of the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Re...

Two missing in LPG tanker explosion

7 April 2010
Two Filipino seafarers were missing after an explosion and fire engulfed a liquefied natural gas carrier in Nantong, Jiangsu province....

Three Gorges traffic volume hits record high in Q1

7 April 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that freight volumes via the Three Gorges shiplocks hit 17m tons in the first three months of 2010, up nearly 55 per cent year-on-year....

Vessels need special permits to enter Shanghai waters

7 April 2010
Due to the Shanghai Expo, vessels entering the Huangpu River in Shanghai, the Yangtze’s major tributary before entering the sea, will need special permits from the Shanghai Maritime Safety Authorities between 1 April an...

Nanjing dredging project set to start

7 April 2010
The Nanjing deep-water dredging project is ready to start, according to the Yangtze River Administration....

Grand Alliance resumes central China service

7 April 2010
Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and OOCL are to revive their Central China Express service in May, reported IFW....

Brazilian soya imports continue to surge

7 April 2010
Chinese imports of Brazilian soya are forecast to reach 43m tonnes in 2010 as the country looks to build up stocks at a time of relatively low prices, according to a report by Seatrade....

Green campaigner calls for greater emission transparency

7 April 2010
Against the backdrop of southwest China’s worst drought in a century, a leading Chinese environmentalist has called on listed companies to be more transparent about industrial emissions and their environmental performan...

Japanese train operator criticises Chinese competitors

7 April 2010
The chairman of Central Japan Railway, which operates Japan’s busiest bullet train link, has been highly critical of China’s high-speed rail industry for ‘stealing’ foreign technology and compromising...

Metro building spree spurs suppliers

7 April 2010
The building spree of metro lines in Yangtze River Delta cities has spurred multinational companies such as Herrenknecht to establish a production base in Wuxi Transport Equipment Industrial Zone, according to a story publish...

Air Canada boosts China services

7 April 2010
Air Canada is to resume twice-daily services to Beijing and Shanghai in June and is planning to fly to Guangzhou in 2013 in response to increasing travel demand between the two countries....

Regulator cuts aviation fuel price

7 April 2010
China’s fuel price regulators cut the domestic aviation fuel ex-factory price by Rmb10 per tonne to Rmb5,200 from 1 April, the Civil Aviation Administration of China announced. Xinhua quoted industry analysts saying...

Steel firm cleared for Australia mine acquisition

7 April 2010
Chongqing Steel has received approval from the Chinese and Australian authorities to acquire an Australian mine owned by Hong Kong-registered Asia Steel Holdings....

Chongqing starts airport highway widening project

7 April 2010
Chongqing will start to widen its airport highway to eight lanes by the end of April, with the project set to be completed by 1 July 2011, according to Chongqing Construction Commission....

Car battery maker sets up Chongqing plant

7 April 2010
Tianjin Lishen Battery, the largest lithium battery company in China, is to establish a plant in Chongqing that will make lithium batteries for the city’s electric vehicle industry, according to a city government websit...
     
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