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December 2010

Yangtze MSA issues Trustworthy Award to 23 vessels

15 December 2010
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities recently issued its 2010 Trustworthy Award to 23 vessels, which allows them to enjoy preferential treatment in different areas including simplified reporting procedures and priority for dep...

Timetable set for Yangtze vessel standardisation programme

15 December 2010
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport has announced the timetable for completing its vessel standardisation programme....

Passing permits withdrawn for Three Gorges Dam

15 December 2010
The Yangtze River Administration has activated an Emergency Response Code at the Three Gorges Dam in an attempt to deal with a growing backlog of vessels waiting to pass the shiplocks....

China's container throughput up 21% in November

15 December 2010
Container throughput at China’s coastal ports increased 21 per cent year-on-year in November 2010 to 11.82m TEU, reported China Knowledge....

Lack of maritime lawyers a bottleneck for Shanghai

15 December 2010
According to Shanghai Shipping Exchange, a severe lack of specialist maritime lawyers is fast becoming a bottleneck for Shanghai’s ambition to become East Asia’s international shipping centre....

Pakistan-China air cargo services launched

15 December 2010
Air cargo services have begun for the first time between Pakistan and China, linking Islamabad with Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang autonomous region....

November cargo volumes up 31% for China Eastern

15 December 2010
China Eastern Airlines, the country’s third-largest carrier, recorded a 31.5 per cent increase in its cargo and mail throughput in November 2010 to 124,900 tons....

Germany and China to cooperate on rail freight

15 December 2010
Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railway company, and China’s Ministry of Railways have signed an MOU to cooperate more closely in rail freight transport and in expanding China’s railway infrastructure....

Work starts on 606-metre Wuhan tower

15 December 2010
Ground has been broken in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, for what will become the world’s third tallest building....

Chongqing foreign trade rises 54% Jan-Nov

15 December 2010
Chongqing Foreign Trade Commission reported a 54 per cent rise in the municipality’s foreign trade in the first 11 months of 2010 to US$10.5bn....

Formosa Plastics to produce auto batteries in Chongqing

15 December 2010
Taiwan’s largest private enterprise, Formosa Plastics, plans to manufacture auto batteries in Chongqing, according to the municipal Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission....

Three Gorges throughput grows 30% year-on-year

8 December 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that throughput of general cargo passing the Three Gorges shiplocks had reached 71.03m tons in the first 11 months of 2010, up by 30 per cent year-on-year....

Wuhu starts DG emergency response training centre

8 December 2010
Wuhu Maritime Safety Authorities established a dangerous cargo emergency response training centre at Wuhu Ronghui Chemical Company on 30 November....

Strong winds force vessels to anchor in Jiangyin

8 December 2010
Jiangyin Maritime Safety Administration officials in Jiangsu province said on 6 December that nearly 100 vessels including more than 20 ocean liners were forced to anchor due to strong winds in the Jiangyin section of the Yan...

Nanjing starts direct container service to Ulsan

8 December 2010
A direct container service between Nanjing and Ulsan, South Korea was opened on 1 December....

Logwin opens new Shanghai logistics centre

8 December 2010
Logwin, the Germany-based logistics company, has opened a 2,000 sq metre logistics centre in Shanghai, according to IFW....

More progress on Shijiazhuang-Wuhan railway

8 December 2010
Track-laying has begun in the Xuchang, Henan province, section of the Shijiazhuang-Wuhan high-speed railway....

Dazhou-Wanzhou railway electrified

8 December 2010
The Dazhou-Wanzhou railway in southwestern China is now operational as an electrified line. For the past eight years, passenger and cargo trains on the 158km line were drawn by diesel locomotives....

Swipe card ticket plan for Wuhan-Guangzhou railway

8 December 2010
China’s Ministry of Railways has announced that it is working with Bank of China to launch a pre-paid swipe card system for users of the Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway service....

Chongqing second runway poised to open

8 December 2010
Chongqing Jiangbei airport’s second runway will open following a final inspection on 13-14 December. Work on the 3.6km-long runway, which runs parallel to the first runway, began in August 2008....

GSK buys Nanjing pharma company

8 December 2010
GlaxoSmithKline has signed an agreement to acquire Nanjing MeiRui Pharma for US$70m, reported Pharmaceutical Business Review. MeiRui is a Chinese pharmaceutical business specialising in urology and allergy products....

Rhodia acquires Jiangsu amines manufacturer

8 December 2010
The France-based chemicals company Rhodia has acquired amines manufacturer Feixiang Chemicals in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province, for US$489m....

Sensata expands production in Changzhou

8 December 2010
US-based Sensata Technologies is to invest an additional US$30m to expand production capacity at its wholly-owned plant in Changzhou National Hi-Tech District in Jiangsu province. The company makes sensors and controls tha...

Tsingtao Beer to invest in Jiujiang

8 December 2010
Tsingtao Beer has agreed to invest Rmb50m in a production facility in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, with an annual capacity of 400,000 tons, according to senior inward investment officials from the city’s ETDZ....

Acer sets up base in Chongqing

8 December 2010
Taiwan-based computer maker Acer officially confirmed that it will invest US$150m in Chongqing to build its biggest global IT manufacturing centre and set up its second base on the mainland....

Yangtze cargo throughput rises in November

1 December 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that throughput of general cargo via the major ports along the Yangtze trunkline grew by nearly 20 per cent year-on-year to 122m tons in November....

Construction starts on Nanjing oil-leak emergency response terminal

1 December 2010
Nanjing Maritime Safety Authorities announced on 29 November that they are building an oil-leak emergency response terminal in Nanjing Chemical Industry Park in the city’s Liuhe district....

Fog causes transport problems

1 December 2010
At 4:30am on 29 November, Zhenjiang Maritime Safety Authorities imposed a temporary ban on shipping as heavy fog enveloped the waters of Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province and visibility fell to below minimum safety levels during...

Grain importers urged to be wary of wild-oats

1 December 2010
Zhenjiang city’s inspection and quarantine officials discovered common wild-oats among a shipment of imported sorghum. This fast-growing weed spreads quickly and can damage linseed, wheat, beans, corn and other crops....

China container throughput set to grow 10% in 2010

1 December 2010
Major Chinese ports recorded a container throughput of 108m TEU in the first three quarters of 2010, according to a report by ResearchInChina....

Yichang-Wanzhou railway timetable approved

1 December 2010
China’s Ministry of Railways has approved the timetable of passenger and cargo services on the new Yichang-Wanzhou railway....

NDRC cracks down on diesel overcharging

1 December 2010
The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China’s economic planner and price regulator, has requested local governments to crack down on petrol stations selling diesel above state-set prices....

Road tolls waived for fresh grocery trucks

1 December 2010
In an effort to help reduce logistic costs and control household bills, the State Council has issued a circular covering a raft of measures including waiving road tolls for all trucks carrying fresh grocery and live poultry a...

Shanghai airport cargo traffic grows 9% in October

1 December 2010
Passenger traffic at Shanghai’s two main airports, Hongqiao and Pudong, rose 29 per cent year-on-year in October to 3.89m, according to Shanghai Airport Authority....

BASF to invest more in China

1 December 2010
BASF aims to invest more than US$1.3bn in additional plants in China by 2014, according to a report by the Financial Times....

Jiujiang strives to become mobile phone production centre

1 December 2010
According to Jiujiang Daily published on 30 November, Jiangxi provincial government is going all out to help build Jiujiang’s Gongqingcheng (Youth City) into China’s new production centre for mobile phones....

Wharf wins property auction in Wuhan

1 December 2010
Wharf (Holdings), the Hong Kong-based property and infrastructure company, said it has won a bid for a piece of land in Wuhan’s Hanyang district for Rmb1.02bn. The land covers an area of 42,200 sq metres on which Wha...

Singapore promotion body opens in Wuhan

1 December 2010
Singapore’s International Enterprise, a government body designed to promote the overseas growth of Singapore-based enterprises and international trade, has opened an office in Wuhan, its 10th across the world....

Wuhan tracks down 400 missing public bicycles

1 December 2010
According to a local newspaper, Wuhan police have tracked down more than 400 missing public bicycles, with the help of Xinfeida, the company that operates a free bicycle-renting scheme in the city....

Hanhook to build tyre plant in Chongqing

1 December 2010
South Korea-based Hankook Tire, the world’s seventh-largest tyre maker, is to invest US$950m to build a manufacturing plant in Chongqing, Xinhua reported. The new plant, located in Liangjiang New Area, will start con...

Johnson Controls chooses Fuling for battery plant

1 December 2010
The US-based Johnson Controls is to establish an auto battery production base in Lidu New Zone in Fuling, Chongqing municipality, according to a local government website....

Jiulong Paper to invest Rmb2bn in Chongqing

1 December 2010
Hong Kong-listed Nine Dragons Paper has started to build the second phase of its plant in Chongqing....
     
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