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August 2011

Campaign starts to select best Yangtze vessels

31 August 2011
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport will start a campaign from September to select the best vessel models on the Yangtze, according to sources who attended the latest meeting of the Yangtze Vessel...

Gezhouba Dam maintenance work completed

31 August 2011
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities issued a circular on 29 August saying that operations have returned to normal following the completion of maintenance work on the No.1 shiplock of the Gezhouba Dam....

Yangtze cruises get official attention

31 August 2011
The heavy investment in China’s road and rail infrastructure over recent years has greatly reduced the role of the Yangtze as a means of transporting passengers, but leisure cruising has developed fast, according to the...

Guangxi’s river ports to be upgraded

31 August 2011
Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region aims to quadruple the throughput of its river ports to 150m tonnes by 2015, according to local government sources....

More money for urban light rail

31 August 2011
China will invest about Rmb1,270bn to build subways and light rail lines during the current five-year plan ending in 2015 to ease traffic congestion and accelerate urban development, China Securities Journal reported. The...

Chemical dumping probed in Yunnan

31 August 2011
The Ministry of Environmental Protection is investigating a chemical company’s alleged dumping of carcinogenic industrial chemicals into water systems in Yunnan province....

Drought affects southwest China

31 August 2011
Drought conditions since early July in southwest China’s Guizhou province have created a water shortage for 5.5m people and 2.8m livestock, local authorities said....

Chinese carrier starts Shanghai-Dallas service

31 August 2011
Air China Cargo has begun a service between Dallas/Fort Worth in the US and Shanghai, reported Aircargo News....

Nanjing airport raises security level

31 August 2011
Local media reported that Nanjing airport has raised its security level by two grades at the request of the national civil aviation authority....

UPS to open branch in Zhengzhou

31 August 2011
United Parcel Service, the US-based package delivery company, will open a new branch in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province, according to Xinhua. UPS will also work with the local government in its attempts to build Zheng...

Logistics market grows 13.6% in first 7 months

31 August 2011
The market size of China’s logistics industry totalled Rmb88,200bn in the first seven months of 2011, 13.6 per cent more than in the same period last year, according to a report from the National Development and Reform...

Jiangsu’s economy up 11.4% in H1

31 August 2011
The GDP of Jiangsu province in east China grew 11.4% year-on-year to Rmb2,290bn in the first half of 2011, according to Jiangsu Statistics Bureau....

EVA buys Chongqing auto die company

31 August 2011
Hong Kong-listed EVA Precision Industrial Holdings has acquired the automotive moulds company Digidie System International (Chongqing)....

Tongling port to build 10,000dwt berth

24 August 2011
The Ministry of Transport has recently approved Tongling’s plan to build its first berth capable of accommodating vessels of 10,000 dwt....

Maintenance of Gezhouba shiplock creates logjam

24 August 2011
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport says that the suspension of the No.1 shiplock of the Gezhouba dam is causing severe queues upstream of the Three Gorges and downstream of Gezhouba....

Port investment set to fall in coming years

24 August 2011
Weak demand in the US and Europe could significantly reduce investment in China’s ports during the current five-year plan, according to Chinese officials reported by South China Morning Post....

Controls tightened on DG vessels due to hot weather

24 August 2011
Officials from the Yangtze MSA have stepped up the number of on-board checks on vessels carrying dangerous cargo in recent days because of the high temperatures, according to the Yangtze River Administration....

Vessel collision kills one in Shanghai

24 August 2011
A 13,000-ton cargo ship collided with a sand barge in Pudong New Area harbour on 24 August, killing a crew member and sinking the smaller vessel....

Nanjing metro line damaged by storm

24 August 2011
Storms damaged part of the track of Nanjing’s No.2 metro line, creating chaos at around 3pm on 22 August, according to China News Service....

Yangtze survey centre completes mapping training

24 August 2011
According to a story published on 23 August by China Transport News, the Yangtze Waterway Survey Centre has recently completed all training courses for the Yangtze Digital Mapping System, an indication that the centre has acq...

All high-speed railway lines to be inspected

24 August 2011
China plans to inspect all of its high-speed railway lines following a crash last month in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, which killed 40 people. The month-long inspections of 49 projects and 6,000km of lines will last until...

Russian cargo carrier starts services to Zhengzhou

24 August 2011
AirBridgeCargo, Russia’s largest scheduled all-cargo carrier, has launched a three-times a week Boeing 747-400 freighter service to Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province. The company already operates routes from Beiji...

New HK-Chongqing air service

24 August 2011
Hong Kong Airlines is to start daily direct flights between Chongqing and Hong Kong from 1 September, raising the total number of direct flights between the two cities to three a day....

Kerry opens Hefei auto logistics centre

24 August 2011
Hong Kong-based Kerry Logistics has opened a 20,000 sq metre logistics centre in Hefei to service the growing automotive industry sector in Anhui province....

Floods cause disruption in Hubei

24 August 2011
Heavy rains have caused serious disruption in Hubei, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief office. Rain-triggered landslides and floods in Xingshan county in the city of Yichang led to the destructio...

RGE to invest in Chongqing paper plant

24 August 2011
Singapore-based resource development company RGE has signed an agreement to invest Rmb20bn in a paper production plant in Chongqing....

Yangtze’s largest Ro-Ro barge sets sail from Wuhan

17 August 2011
The largest Ro-Ro barge on the Yangtze, capable of carrying 1,300 passenger cars, started its maiden voyage on 12 August from Wuhan and was expected to reach Chongqing five days later, according to Wuhan Morning News....

Gezhouba Dam suspension expected to create traffic jam

17 August 2011
Operation of the No.1 shiplock at the Gezhouba Dam in Yichang, Hubei province, will remain suspended for 20 days until midnight on 29 August, according to the Three Gorges Administration....

Anqing port approved for direct services to Taiwan

17 August 2011
The China Waterway Newspaper said on 15 August that Anqing port had recently received approval from the central government to start direct shipping services to Taiwan....

Chongqing expects capacity to reach 7m TEU by 2015

17 August 2011
Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan called on his officials attending a meeting of the city’s water transport development taskforce on 11 August to speed up investment in the city’s waterways so as to turn the city into a...

Yunnan invests in shipping capacity

17 August 2011
The southwest province of Yunnan plans to increase its shipping lane length to 4,000km by 2015, reported Xinhua, to promote waterway connections between China and countries in Southeast Asia and South Asia. The province ha...

Logistics firms expand warehousing capacity

17 August 2011
Kerry Logistics has begun second-phase construction of its Chongqing logistics centre, with work due to be completed in the first quarter of 2013....

Safety checks increased after fatal train crash

17 August 2011
China’s State Council has ordered increased safety checks after a fatal train collision in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, on 23 July killed 40 people....

Quanta starts building plant in Chongqing

17 August 2011
Zhanyun Electronic, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Taiwan’s Quanta Group, has started construction of a laptop chassis plant in Chongqing’s Bishan Industrial Park, according to a local government website. Phase o...
     
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