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June 2011

SIPG cautious on Yangtze investments

29 June 2011
After years of heavy spending in terminals and related infrastructure along the Yangtze River, Shanghai International Port (Group) is to take a more cautious approach to future investment, reported South China Morning Post....

Zhenjiang receives largest foreign vessel

29 June 2011
The port of Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province recently accommodated its largest ever foreign cargo ship....

Shanghai container volumes to increase 10% a year

29 June 2011
Volumes at Shanghai port are expected to grow about 10 per cent annually over the next five years as more manufacturers shift plants to inland China to take advantage of lower labour costs, Bloomberg reported....

Testing time for Beijing-Shanghai line

29 June 2011
An official test run of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway passed off smoothly just a few days before the line is opened to the public on the eve of the 90th anniversary of the 1 July founding of China’s Communist...

Air ticket prices slashed to compete with trains

29 June 2011
Airlines operating services between Beijing, Shanghai and cities between the two cities have been scrambling for ways to prevent passengers from moving to the new high-speed line that will start operation on 30 June, reported...

Chongqing air freight rises nearly four-fold in first five months

29 June 2011
Imported and exported cargo passing through Chongqing airport increased 391 per cent year-on-year in the first five months of 2011. The airport now has 30 cargo flights taking off and landing on average every week, includi...

Kerry starts building Wuxi logistics centre

29 June 2011
Kerry Logistics, the Hong Kong-based logistics service provider, has started construction of a 26,000 sq metre logistics centre in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, reported Cargonews Asia....

Ministries develop intermodal models

29 June 2011
China’s ministries of transport and railways gathered some of the country’s major port groups, shipping lines, rail container companies and research institutes in Beijing on 24 June to discuss how to proceed with...

Qinghai-Tibet line to be western China’s railway hub

29 June 2011
Deputy General Manager Miao Xiaohua of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Corporation was quoted recently by Xinhua news agency as saying that the Qinghai-Tibet line will become the rail hub of China’s west within the next five...

Yangtze tributaries get first-ever upgrade

22 June 2011
Two waterways – the Taipingfu and Yuxikou – located between Wuhu and Maanshan in Anhui province will become part of the Yangtze trunk line network from 1 October, according to Mr Tang Guanjun, Director of Yangtze...

Yangtze middle reaches open to ocean vessels again

22 June 2011
Recent rain storms have raised the water level in the middle reaches of the Yangtze to such an extent that the waterway authorities re-opened the shipping channel between Wuhan and Chenglingji to ocean-going vessels from 20 J...

Hydropower plants will double output of Three Gorges Dam

22 June 2011
Four planned hydroelectric power stations being built on the Jinsha River will be capable of producing twice as much power as the Three Gorges Dam, according to The China Three Gorges Corporation. The company said the four...

New campaign to reform tollway system

22 June 2011
The Chinese government has responded to widespread criticism of the nation’s tollway system by starting a campaign to remove unauthorised tollbooths and close those that collect fees after the authorised period has expi...

Zhangjiagang air passenger terminal opens for business

22 June 2011
Zhangjiagang air passenger terminal opened for business in May. This is the first county-level terminal to be established by Wuxi Xunan International airport....

Kerry builds new facility in Xiamen

22 June 2011
Hong Kong-based logistics services provider Kerry Logistics has begun construction of a 42,600 sq metre logistics centre in Xiamen, Fujian province....

Jiangsu party officials pledge to increase happiness

22 June 2011
The Standing Committee of the Communist Party of Jiangsu province has approved an ambitious programme to double income for residents and improve their sense of happiness and satisfaction....

Panalpina expands Wuhan office

22 June 2011
The international forwarding and logistics services provider Panalpina has opened a second branch office in Wuhan, Hubei province....

Wuhan constructs China’s largest electric bus production base

22 June 2011
According to officials of Wuhan Reform and Development Commission, the country’s largest electric bus production base is being built in the city’s Hannan district....

Wuhan skyscraper design unveiled

22 June 2011
The design for the world’s third tallest building has been revealed in Wuhan, Hubei province. The Wuhan Greenland Center, developed by the Shanghai-based Greenland Group and designed by the US-based Adrian Smith and...

Chinese companies to launch Rmb20bn logistics fund in Chongqing

22 June 2011
Agricultural Bank of China and HNA Group, the parent of Hainan Airlines, will set up a Rmb20bn logistics industry fund in Chongqing municipality, said Xiang Junbo, chairman of the state-owned bank. According to domestic me...

AT&S builds major hi-tech plant in Chongqing

22 June 2011
Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik (AT&S), the largest printed circuit board producer in Europe, has started construction of a US$620m plant in Chongqing’s Yufu Industrial Park, Liangjiang New Area....

Investment in Yangtze will exceed Rmb150bn in next five years

15 June 2011
Minister of Transport Li Shenglin said at the third meeting of the Yangtze Shipping Development and Coordination Task Force on 13 June that China will spend Rmb150bn in the next five years to 2015....

Jiangsu wins vessel standardisation award

15 June 2011
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport has recently awarded Jiangsu province the title of ‘the most effective promoter of the Yangtze vessel standardisation programme in 2010’....

MSA issues warning about difficult sailing conditions

15 June 2011
Maritime safety authorities warned on 15 June that the dramatic change from drought to flood season will affect visibility, currents, the waterway and water levels, and all vessel operators were urged to be extra vigilant whe...

Heavy rains cause mass evacuations

15 June 2011
Torrential rain has hit the central and southern provinces of Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Zhejiang and Anhui, reported China Daily....

China placed fourth in transport investment table

15 June 2011
Developing countries will have difficulty in attracting transport infrastructure investment until they give more reassurance to investors, according to a study conducted by the UK-based consultancy EC Harris....

China Southern to invest in freight sector

15 June 2011
China Southern Airlines will join rivals Air China and China Eastern Airlines in establishing its own freight forwarding subsidiary, reported Aircargo News. Si Xianmin, chairman of China Southern, said the company will hav...

Special fund to support transport projects

15 June 2011
China’s central government has allocated Rmb32.06bn to set up a special fund to support major transportation projects across the country, reported Xinhua....

Ticket prices set for Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line

15 June 2011
The Chinese authorities have unveiled ticket prices for the high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai, due to be launched later this month....

Speeds to be reduced on high-speed lines

15 June 2011
From 1 July several high-speed railway lines, including those linking Wuhan and Guangzhou, Zhengzhou and Xian, and Shanghai and Nanjing, will reduce train speeds from 350kph to 300kph....

State Council intervenes to reduce logistics costs

15 June 2011
China’s State Council has issued eight measures to reduce costs and improve efficiency in the logistics sector....

Foreign trade up 79% in Chongqing

15 June 2011
Chongqing’s foreign trade totalled US$7.4bn in the first five months of 2011, an increase of 79 per cent year-on-year, according to local government statistics. This was the second highest growth rate in China....

Wuhan aims for more reliable Yangshan shuttle service

8 June 2011
Wuhan city government announced on 1 June eight measures aimed at making the Wuhan-Yangshan shuttle service more reliable for shippers....

Oil barge fleet hits Wuhan bridge

8 June 2011
At 6:50am on 6 June, a 12,000dwt oil barge fleet sailing downstream from Yueyang to Nanjing collided with the Wuhan No.1 Yangtze Bridge in heavy fog, causing a 1.5-metre long and 0.5-metre deep dent in its No.7 pier....

Zhenjiang receives largest vessel

8 June 2011
Under the guidance of a senior pilot from the Yangtze Piloting Centre, Hong Kong-registered Rosco Banyan became the largest vessel ever to arrive at Zhenjiang port on 30 May....

Yangshan volume to grow by 40%

8 June 2011
The throughput volume of Shanghai’s Yangshan terminal will grow by at least 40 per cent, said Wang Xuan, general manager of Yangshan Tongsheng Port Construction, the company in charge of the terminal’s design and...

Heavy rains bring misery and some relief

8 June 2011
Torrential rains in recent days have brought relief to the drought-plagued regions along the Yangtze River, but have brought with them several instances of flooding....

Yunnan on track to build 40 rail freight stations

8 June 2011
Yunnan provincial government is going all out to building a modern rail freight network, according to Xinhua news agency. Of the planned 40 rail freight stations, 17 have already been completed....

Real-name tickets for high-speed trains

8 June 2011
China has started selling named high-speed train tickets across the country in an effort to improve railway security and eliminate ticket touting. Passengers must show proper identification, such as passports or residence...

Sanya-Chongqing-Urumqi service launched

8 June 2011
China Southern Airlines has launched a service between Sanya and Urumqi via Chongqing....

Chongqing develops major road logistics facility

8 June 2011
Chongqing’s Banan district plans to develop west China’s largest road logistics facility so as to cement the municipality’s status as a regional logistics hub, Xinhua reported. The Rmb 30bn Chongqing Road...

Heavy rainfall expected in Yangtze region

1 June 2011
Serious drought persists in the Yangtze region but weather forecasts predict medium to heavy rainfall between 3 and 7 June in the middle and lower reaches of the river....

Losses rise among Chinese shipbuilders

1 June 2011
Statistics from China Shipbuilders Association show that 313 out of 1,519 major shipbuilding companies in China were in red during the first quarter of 2011, three more than in the same period last year....

Public transport is a top priority, says Premier Wen

1 June 2011
Premier Wen Jiabao has told a group of young model workers visiting Beijing’s Zhongnanhai that public transport should be the government’s first priority in planning urban transport infrastructure....

Transport infrastructure spending set to increase

1 June 2011
China plans to spend Rmb6,200bn on upgrading its transportation infrastructure during the 12th five-year plan (2011-15), said Sun Guoqing, director of the Ministry of Transport’s comprehensive planning department....

Chengdu-Tokyo flights to start on 20 June

1 June 2011
All Nippon Airways is to start direct flights between Tokyo and Chengdu, according to Shinichiro Ito, President and CEO of Japan’s largest carrier....

Sinoma builds quartz crucible plant in Chengdu

1 June 2011
China National Materials Group or Sinoma, the parent company of China National Materials, has started construction of a major quartz crucible project in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province....

Acer begins Chongqing laptop production

1 June 2011
Acer’s first made-in-Chongqing laptop was produced on 26 May, according to a municipal government website....

Chongqing police boss gets promotion

1 June 2011
Chongqing’s head of police, Wang Lijun, has been promoted to deputy mayor of the municipality....

Deadline approaches for Chongqing conference

1 June 2011
Registration for Euromoney’s Chongqing: Gateway to Western China conference on 14-15 June will close on 8 June. The line-up of speakers for the event is nearly complete....

Chongqing aims to become top data processing centre

1 June 2011
The director of Chongqing Municipal Commission for Industries and Information, Mu Huaping, said that the city aims to become one of the world’s most important data processing centres with the help of cloud computing....
     
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