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June 2010

Huangshi section of Yangtze bans night sailings for small vessels

30 June 2010
The Yangtze Marine Safety Authorities have announced a night sailing ban on vessels of 300 dwt and below in the Huangshi section of the Yangtze River, about 150km downstream of Wuhan....

Yangtze’s furthest upstream port completes upgrade

30 June 2010
Shuifu port, the furthest upstream port on the Yangtze trunk line, restarted operation on 25 June after three years of construction work....

Yangtze cargo throughput grows 34.5% in June

30 June 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that general cargo volumes continued their upward trend in June, rising 34.5 per cent year-on-year to 128m tons....

Floating chemical drums alert on Yangtze

30 June 2010
The Yangtze Maritime Authorities issued a high alert on 29 June warning that more than 1,000 drums were floating downstream towards Jiujiang in Jiangxi province....

CSCL to impose container surcharge

30 June 2010
China Shipping Container Lines, China’s second-largest container carrier, said it will impose additional surcharges on transpacific shipping from 1 July due to a global shortage of containers....

Heavy lift firm opens Beijing office

30 June 2010
China Shipping-Jumbo Heavy Lift, a joint venture between Jumbo Shipping and China Shipping, has opened a representative office in Beijing, according to Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International. The company, which...

Shanghai-Nanjing high-speed line poised to open

30 June 2010
Train ticket prices on the new Shanghai-Nanjing high-speed line have been set at Rmb146 for standard class and Rmb233 for first-class travel, according to shanghaiist.com....

DHL domestic unit to grow alone

30 June 2010
DHL’s recently established domestic express delivery subsidiary in China is likely to grow organically rather than through acquisition, a senior executive told IFW....

Wisco signs Africa coke deal

30 June 2010
Wuhan Iron and Steel has signed an initial non-binding agreement for US$800m with Australian miner Riversdale Mining to develop a coking coal project in the southeast African country of Mozambique....

Dongfeng starts to build Wuhan engine plant

30 June 2010
Dongfeng Motor Co has started to build an engine plant in Wuhan, capital Hubei province, with production due to begin in the second half of 2011....

Chongqing-Hunan expressway to open in October

30 June 2010
The final construction phase has begun on the Chongqing-Hunan expressway, with the road expected to open in October, said Chongqing Expressway. The expressway will employ traffic signs powered by solar energy, designed to...

Hilton Chongqing allowed to reopen

30 June 2010
The Hilton Hotel in Chongqing was cleared to reopen on 29 June after its operations were suspended nine days earlier for alleged involvement in prostitution and gang-related activities, local police said....

DHL launches direct Shanghai-Taiwan LCL service

23 June 2010
DHL has announced the launch of a direct less than container load (LCL) weekly service from Shanghai to Keelung in Taiwan....

Changshu posts big increase in vessel steel exports

23 June 2010
Statistics from Changshu Inspection and Quarantine Bureau show that for the first five months of the year, a total of 5,120 tons of vessel steel plates were exported via Changshu, a Yangtze port city in Jiangsu province....

Frequency raised on Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway

23 June 2010
The Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed passenger railway will run up to 65 train services each way from the current daily total of 33 from 1 July, reported the Wuhan-based Yangtze Daily....

Railways urged to prioritise coal transport

23 June 2010
The Ministry of Railways has urged local railway authorities to prioritise coal transport to alleviate China’s electricity shortage in the lead-up to the peak electricity-consumption period. Xinhua reported the minis...

MoR vows to triple rail length in Xinjiang

23 June 2010
The provincial government of Xinjiang autonomous region signed an agreement with the Ministry of Railways on 10 June to speed up construction of the region’s rail network....

TNT to investigate India-China trucking services

23 June 2010
The express delivery company TNT is examining the feasibility of cross-border trucking services between India and China, reported IFW....

Air Cargo China cleared by EC

23 June 2010
The proposed merger of the cargo operations of Air China and Cathay Pacific has been given the green light by the European Commission to fly in Europe’s air space....

Flood death toll rises in southern China

23 June 2010
Heavy rain across much of southern China over the last week has killed at least 199 people and left 123 missing. Economic losses currently stand at around Rmb42.12bn, with more than 1.6m hectares of farmland flooded and ab...

Wuhan starts tree adoption scheme

23 June 2010
The administration committee of Wuhan Bund announced on 22 June that trees along the river banks in Hankou, Hanyang and Hanjiang districts are now open to the public for adoption....

Chongqing undertakes sewage clean up

23 June 2010
About 196 drainage outlets in the downtown Chongqing and Three Gorges Reservoir areas are to be rerouted this year to flow into sewage treatment plants....

Hilton Chongqing closed due to suspected prostitution ring

23 June 2010
The Hilton Chongqing has been closed indefinitely by the police....

Record throughput for Chinese ports in May

16 June 2010
Container throughput at China’s ports reached a record monthly high of 12.4m TEU in May, up 21.9 per cent year-on year, according to Alphaliner, the Paris-based container shipping consultancy....

Shanghai posts all-time container high

16 June 2010
According to Shanghai International Port Group figures reported by the Yangtze River Administration, Shanghai recorded a throughput of 2.56m TEU in May, up 22.6 per cent over the same period last year....

30m fry released into Yangtze

16 June 2010
A total of 30.46m young fish were released into the Yangtze River in Jiangyin on 12 June in a bid to increase fish stocks....

Three Gorges area to begin land inspection

16 June 2010
Senior officials in charge of preventing land disasters in the Three Gorges area announced on 15 June that they would start large-scale land inspection before the onset of the flood season. The length of both river banks i...

New coal port for Liaoning province

16 June 2010
Construction of a coal port started on 12 June in Jinzhou, a city in northeast China’s Liaoning province. The port is designed to boost the transport of coal from Inner Mongolia autonomous region to southern China....

Schenker launches more LCL services

16 June 2010
DB Schenker, the transport and logistics arm of Germany’s Deutsche Bahn, has launched four new weekly less-than-container-load services from Guangzhou in Guangdong province....

Lufthansa starts Tianjin-Frankfurt cargo service

16 June 2010
Germany’s Lufthansa Cargo has started its first air route between Europe and northern China....

New Taipei-Shanghai air route opened

16 June 2010
Passenger flights have been inaugurated between Songshan airport in Taipei and Hongqiao in Shanghai....

Wuhan company wins mine exploration rights in Philippines

16 June 2010
Wuhan Shan De Xin Mining Investment said that it had won the right to explore a major chrome mine in the Philippines, after four years of investigating sites in South Africa, Turkey, India and the Philippines, according to a...

Carlsberg increases Chongqing Brewery stake

16 June 2010
Carlsberg, the world’s fourth-largest brewer, has signed a deal to increase its stake in Chongqing Brewery by 12.25 per cent for US$379m. The purchase of the shares from Chongqing’s municipal government will in...

Three die in Chongqing rock fall

16 June 2010
Three people died and two were injured when rocks falling from a mountain hit a car and a truck on 12 June in Chongqing municipality, the local government said. The accident happened in Wulong county on State Highway 319...

Accor to open two Nanjing hotels

16 June 2010
France-based Accor is to open two Novotel hotels in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province....

Nantong foreign trade volume rises 4.8% January-May

9 June 2010
Statistics from the Nantong MSA show that 2,319 international vessels arrived and departed Nantong port in the first five months of 2010....

Taicang posts record monthly container volume

9 June 2010
The port of Taicang, located close to Shanghai in Jiangsu province, handled 192,700 TEU in April....

SIPG sets up Yangtze subsidiary

9 June 2010
Lloyd’s List reported that Shanghai International Port Group has formed a domestic shipping subsidiary with total assets of around Rmb10bn....

Logwin starts new Shanghai facilities

9 June 2010
Germany-based logistics provider Logwin is upgrading and expanding its facilities in Shanghai as demand grows in China for value-added logistics services in the fashion retail sector, reported CargoNews Asia. The company h...

Shanghai air freight prices surge in April

9 June 2010
Air freight prices out of Shanghai in April jumped 18.4 per cent over the previous month to their highest level so far in 2010, according to an index compiled by Drewry Shipping Consultants....

Tianjin implements paperless air cargo system

9 June 2010
The International Air Transport Association’s e-freight standard became operational in China when Tianjin Binhai International Airport became the first airport to implement the international e-freight standard....

Truckers block major road in Shenzhen

9 June 2010
Truckers in south China who are seeking higher earnings reportedly blocked a main road leading to terminals in western Shenzhen on 3 June, according to Journal of Commerce....

Chongqing to invest Rmb177bn in downtown regeneration

9 June 2010
According to a recent story published by Chongqing Evening News, Chongqing government will spend Rmb177bn this year on 650 renovation projects to improve the appearance of the downtown area, an increase of Rmb40bn over last y...

Work completed on Tangxihe Bridge

9 June 2010
Main work on the Tangxihe Bridge in Chongqing was completed on 7 June, according to the municipal government....

Yangtze cargo throughput up 28% in May

2 June 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that cargo throughput on the trunk line rose 28.3 per cent year-on-year to 121m tons in May 2010, an increase of 5.8 per cent over the previous month....

China container volume rises 23% in April

2 June 2010
Chinese ports recorded a container throughput of 11.08m TEU in April, up 23.2 per cent year-on-year, according to Ministry of Transport statistics quoted by Xinhua....

Yangtze Dry Bulk Index rises 1% in May

2 June 2010
The monthly Yangtze Dry Bulk Index edged up 0.99 per cent in May to 814.51. Due to lower prices of steel, demand for iron ore was suppressed, resulting in a continued downward trend in the commodity’s shipping price....

Ministry of Transport vows to standardise vessels in 10 years

2 June 2010
A Ministry of Transport task force for the vessel standardisation programme convened for the first time on 27 May, vowing to build a fleet of standardised vessels for rivers within 10 years....

PetroChina to complete Dalian LNG wharf by year-end

2 June 2010
PetroChina said it plans to complete construction of China’s largest liquefied natural gas wharf in Dalian, Liaoning province, by the end of 2010....

Nanjing government buys 80% stake in Yangtze tunnel

2 June 2010
Nanjing government signed an agreement on 26 May to buy China Railway Construction Co’s 80 per cent holding of the city’s road tunnel under the Yangtze River....

CFMA and DPCA start car recalls

2 June 2010
Chongqing-based Changan Ford Mazda Automobile has started a recall of 236,643 Focus cars because of a problem that causes vehicles to stall, said China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Qua...

Qingling Auto to set up global sourcing centre in Chongqing

2 June 2010
Japan’s Isuzu is to establish a global sourcing centre in Chongqing and enlarge production capacity at its joint venture with Qingling Automobile to 120,000 units by 2012 from 40,000 at present, according to a municipal...
     
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