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October 2010

Premier says sustainability is key to Yangtze modernisation

27 October 2010
Premier Wen Jiabao visited Wuhan Yangluo terminal on 22 October....

Logistics visit to Jiujiang

27 October 2010
Changhe Suzuki, the world’s leading fibreglass producer Jushi Group, solar energy competent specialist Sornid Hi-Tech and cellulose manufacturer Sateri International are just some of the companies that will be visited d...

Changshu MSA issues severe weather warning

27 October 2010
On 24 October, a strong cold front from the north and Typhoon Megi from the south caused the first severe weather of the autumn in the Changshu section of the Yangtze Mouth....

Sick crew member’s vessel escorted to Nantong

27 October 2010
At 11pm on 24 October, Nantong Waterway Rescue Centre received a fax from a shipping agent saying that a Korean crew member on board one of its vessels suffered a stroke and needed emergency treatment....

Three Gorges reservoir reaches peak level

27 October 2010
The water level in the Three Gorges reservoir rose to its maximum level of 175 metres on 26 October, raising electricity output to capacity at the world’s largest hydropower plant for the first time, said Cao Guangjing...

TCC service to call at Qingdao

27 October 2010
No-frills carrier The Containership Company (TCC) has decided to expand its current services from China to Los Angeles to include a call at Qingdao, in addition to Ningbo and Taicang....

Fedex boss calls for improved Customs procedures

27 October 2010
International express delivery company FedEx has called on the Chinese government to speed up Customs procedures to help improve supply chain competitiveness, reported IFW....

China increases petrol prices

27 October 2010
On 26 October China increased retail petrol and diesel prices by Rmb230 and Rmb220 per tonne, respectively, said the National Development and Reform Commission on its website....

First metro in interior starts operation in Chengdu

27 October 2010
The first phase of Chengdu’s Rmb8bn No.1 metro line has started operation. The 18.5km-long line has 17 stops and runs in a north south direction through the centre of the city....

Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed line begins operation

27 October 2010
On 26 October high-speed trains began travelling between Shanghai and Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province....

Second delay in Shanghai-Nanjing express rail service

27 October 2010
On the afternoon of 16 October, a fault in the Zhenjiang section of the Shanghai-Nanjing express railway caused delays to more than 10 train services and the cancellation of four Shanghai-bound services....

Shanghai port extends lead over Singapore

27 October 2010
Container throughput at Shanghai port increased 14.3 per cent year-on-year in September to 2.54m TEU, according to the Shanghai Custom Inspection Department....

Volvo looks to Chengdu

27 October 2010
Carmaker Volvo will probably establish a plant in Chengdu, Sichuan province, according to company executives quoted by Xinhua....

Midea starts building Wuhan plant

27 October 2010
GD Midea Holdings, China’s leading household appliance producer, has started building a Rmb1bn kitchenware plant in Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone....

Korea opens Wuhan consulate

27 October 2010
The South Korean Consulate General in Wuhan opened on 25 October, its eighth consulate in China and its first located in the centre of the country....

Chongqing economy grows strongly in first three quarters

27 October 2010
Chongqing’s GDP grew 17.1 per cent in the first nine months of 2010 to Rmb563.17bn, according to the municipality’s statistics bureau....

Shipping channel change under Wuhan bridge

20 October 2010
Wuhan Waterway Bureau announced on 14 October that vessels sailing downstream now need to pass under the No.7 arch of the Wuhan Yangtze Bridge rather than the No.6 arch so as to make way for engineering work on the city&rsquo...

Jingzhou MSA move to help cotton pickers

20 October 2010
Maritime safety authorities have recently mobilised extra manpower to escort vessels that carry cotton pickers across the Jingzhou stretch of the Yangtze....

Three Gorges safe sites listed for vessels in distress

20 October 2010
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities have published for the first time a list of 33 safe locations in the Three Gorges Reservoir for vessels in distress....

Logistics centre opens in Yangshan

20 October 2010
China-based Orient International Logistics has officially opened a logistics centre in Shanghai’s Yangshan deepwater terminal following a four-month trial period....

Rail cargo volumes increase 12%

20 October 2010
China’s railways transported 2.72bn tons of cargo in the first nine months of this year, up 12.1 per cent year-on-year....

China to develop even faster trains

20 October 2010
China has begun research and development on a new ‘super-speed’ railway technology, an official with the Ministry of Railways was quoted as saying by Xinhua....

High-speed delay

20 October 2010
Travellers on a Nanjing-Shanghai high-speed train experienced a delay of nearly two hours on 17 October, according to Shanghaiist.com....

Railway to connect Kunming with Burma

20 October 2010
Burma plans to construct a railway that will link the deep-sea port of Kyaukphyu with Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, according to Weekly Eleven News. The line is targeted to be completed in 2015, when it will be expe...

Further climb in air cargo volumes

20 October 2010
Air traffic in China continued to soar in September, according to figures released by two of the country’s largest carriers....

Caterpillar plans new factory in Jiangsu

20 October 2010
Caterpillar is to produce mini hydraulic excavator models at a new facility in Wujiang, a city located to the south of Suzhou in southern Jiangsu province....

Chongqing starts flyover construction

20 October 2010
Construction started on 18 October on the biggest flyover in China’s interior. Located in Chongqing’s Liangjiang (Two Rivers) New Zone, the Rmb390m Yuzui flyover is scheduled to be completed by end of next year....

Foreign trade soars in Jiangsu

20 October 2010
Jiangsu’s foreign trade value increased 42 per cent year-on-year to US$338.37bn in the first three quarters of 2010, according to the provincial Customs office....

DCM to build new coatings plants

20 October 2010
Dow Coating Materials plans to invest US$25m to expand capacity in the China market by the end of 2011, especially in second- and third-tier cities, said the company’s Asia-Pacific general manager Bruce Hoechner....

Chengdu attracts more hi-tech investment

20 October 2010
Texas Instruments has established its first manufacturing plant in Chengdu, Sichuan province, according to China Knowledge....

Lifan gets approval for Shanghai IPO

20 October 2010
The Chongqing-based auto and motorcycle manufacturer Lifan Industry Group has won approval from the China Securities Regulatory Commission to list in Shanghai, reported Bloomberg....

Jiangxi presses on with plan to withdraw old vessels

13 October 2010
The provincial government of Jiangxi has decided to proceed with its ambitious plan to withdraw old vessels, starting from October....

Nantong port handles big rise in dangerous cargo

13 October 2010
Statistics from Nantong Maritime Safety Authorities (MSA) show that the amount of dangerous cargo handled by the city’s port during the first three-quarters of 2010 exceeded the total for the whole of last year....

Chongqing starts second phase of container terminal

13 October 2010
Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifang has officially declared the beginning of phase two construction of Guoyuan terminal, the largest intermodal container terminal in China’s interior....

Largest dry bulk carrier completed in a Yangtze shipyard

13 October 2010
Wuhan-based Qingshan Shipyard, part of Sinotrans Yangtze Shipping Group, has finished building the 57,000 dwt ‘Guangzhou Development 4’, the largest dry bulk carrier ever built in a Yangtze yard....

China extends shipbuilding lead

13 October 2010
Output from China’s shipbuilding industry totalled Rmb424.8bn in the first eight months of 2010, up 23.4 percent year-on-year....

Glacier shrinkage set to worsen drought problem

13 October 2010
The average area of glaciers in western China might shrink by 27 per cent by 2050 because of global warming, according to a report released at the recent UN climate talks in Tianjin....

Seventeen die in Jiangsu road crash

13 October 2010
A collision between an intercity bus and a cement truck on a foggy highway outside Nanjing in Jiangsu province killed at least 17 people, according to state media....

New line set to cut Wuhan-Chongqing journey time

13 October 2010
The Yichang-Wanzhou railway in southwest China is expected to be open to traffic in mid-to-late November, said a local government website....

Johnson Controls to build Chongqing battery plant

13 October 2010
Johnson Controls, the world’s largest supplier of automotive batteries, is to invest US$118m to build a plant in Chongqing, its third in China....

Output rise for Chongqing Iron & Steel

13 October 2010
Chongqing Iron & Steel produced 324,300 tons of steel in September, 49 per cent more than in the same month in 2009....

Pfizer sets up research centre in Wuhan

13 October 2010
Pfizer has officially opened a global research and development centre for radiation biology and drug development in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province....

Rural areas benefit from Chongqing investment

13 October 2010
Fixed assets investment in Chongqing between January and August 2010 increased 30 per cent year-on-year to Rmb365.58bn, Chongqing Statistics Bureau announced....

Yangtze cargo throughput rises in September

6 October 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that throughput of general cargo on the Yangtze trunkline increased by 15.2 per cent year-on-year in September to 120m tons, while container throughput rose nearly 20 per...

Yangtze MSAs start DG inspection programme

6 October 2010
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities have begun a month-long inspection programme of terminals and vessels....

Wuhu MSA warns of safety risks during crab season

6 October 2010
Officials from Wuhu Maritime Safety Authority are working with the local fishery department to warn local farmers and fishermen against catching crabs in or near the Yangtze shipping lane....

Taicang invests in timber capacity expansion

6 October 2010
Taicang is to invest Rmb150m in an expansion project that will increase the port’s annual timber-handling capacity to 4.5m cubic metres, said Mr Li Rurong, general manager of Taicang International Containers Terminals....

Water diversion investment revealed

6 October 2010
China expects to have invested a total of Rmb140.5bn in its south-to-north water diversion project between 2006 and 2010, the country’s water diversion authority has announced....

Wärtsilä shifts propeller production to Zhenjiang

6 October 2010
Wärtsilä, the Finland-based manufacturer of diesel and gas engines for use in powering ships and electricity generation, has signed an agreement with Zhenjiang CME to invest €12m in a new propeller-manufacturin...

Odfjell cancels order for three chemical tankers

6 October 2010
Odfjell, which specialises in the transportation and storage of bulk liquid chemicals, has cancelled three out of six chemical tankers it had ordered from Chongqing Chuandong Shipbuilding Industry at the beginning of 2008....

Steel demand predicted to slow

6 October 2010
Steel demand growth in China is set to slow, according to a report published by the World Steel Association....

China-Mongolia highway to promote coal transport

6 October 2010
A Rmb2.51bn highway connecting China and Mongolia is expected to be built jointly by the two countries, Xinhua reported. Some 245km long, the new road will run from the southwest of Mongolia to Ganqimaodu, a border town in...

More direct air services to Taiwan approved

6 October 2010
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office has confirmed that the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China has approved up to 36 additional direct cross-Strait frequencies, to be operated by Taiwan airlines....

Nantong to promote new energy-powered vehicles

6 October 2010
Nantong in Jiangsu province has become one of the 25 cities chosen to pilot new energy-powered vehicles. This is part of an ambitious plan by the central government to promote new energy fuel across China....

Second runway completed in Chongqing

6 October 2010
Construction of Chongqing airport’s second runway has been completed, according to a municipal government website....
     
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