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October 2011

China’s glaciers melting at a faster rate

26 October 2011
Glaciers in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, the major source of the China’s largest rivers, are melting at a faster rate because of global warming, according to researchers quoted by Xinhua. Since 2005 experts have been...

Logistics expenses rise 18.7% from Jan to Sep

26 October 2011
China’s total logistics expenses grew 18.7 per cent year-on-year to Rmb5,700bn in the first nine months of 2011, mostly because of rising costs of raw materials, fuel, power and labour, and a higher interest rate, accor...

Work suspended on Shanghai metro line

26 October 2011
Shanghai has suspended work on a new metro line due to safety concerns, a month after a train collision in the city injured more than 280 people, state media reported. The move followed complaints to the municipal governme...

CDB and NDRC jointly support logistics industry

26 October 2011
China Development Bank and the National Development and Reform Commission have signed an agreement to jointly support China’s logistics industry, according to the bank’s website. The NDRC will create favourable...

Toyota to build R&D centre in Changshu

26 October 2011
Toyota Motor is investing US$689m to build an R&D centre in Changshu, Jiangsu province....

Wisco posts strong profits growth

26 October 2011
Wuhan Iron & Steel Co, one of China’s leading iron and steel makers, achieved a net profit of Rmb413.4m in the third quarter of 2011, reflecting a year-on-year increase of 24 per cent....

Changshu imports record timber volume

26 October 2011
Changshu port in Jiangsu province imported 1.502m cubic metres of timber worth US$236m during the first nine months of 2011, a record high in terms of both volume and value, according to China News Services....

Chongqing sets target to tackle poverty

26 October 2011
Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan has vowed to lift half of the municipality’s 18 poorest counties out of poverty by 2015....

Nanjing plans to build tram lines

26 October 2011
Nanjing will build its first modern tram line in time for the Youth Olympics in 2014, according to local news reports....

Landslide halts Yangtze River cruise

26 October 2011
A landslide in Chongqing municipality blocked part of the Yangtze River's navigation route on 21 October, forcing the cancellation of a river cruise, Xinhua reported local authorities as saying. The landslide happened in W...

Water level at Three Gorges Dam nears maximum

26 October 2011
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities have issued a special air draught warning as the water level at the Three Gorges Dam rose to near the maximum of 175 metres....

Zhangjiagang MSA fines agent for undeclared dangerous cargo

19 October 2011
Zhangjiagang Maritime Safety Authority penalised an international container shipping agent with a fine of Rmb30,000 on 18 October for failing to declare six containers of zinc oxide (UN code 3077), a white powder insoluble in...

Waigaoqiao Phase 6 receives official approval

19 October 2011
Vice Minister of Transport Xu Zuyuan announced on 14 October that the sixth phase of Shanghai’s Waigaoqiao terminal had been officially completed and approved for operation....

Wanzhou water level rises to near peak

19 October 2011
The water level in the Wanzhou section of the Yangtze River in Chongqing municipality reached 173.87 metres on 17 October, approaching the planned maximum storage water level of 175 metres, according to Chongqing Maritime Saf...

Maanshan posts 80 per cent rise in container throughput

19 October 2011
Official statistics show that container throughput in Maanshan Port jumped 80 per cent year-on-year to 60,619 TEU in the first nine months of 2011 and is expected to reach 80,000 TEU for the full year....

Yangtze MSA warns against overloading in middle reaches

19 October 2011
Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities issued a public warning on 11 October that vessels passing the middle reaches would need separate permits as the dry season starts and as water level has fallen to as low as 3.5 metres in p...

Government help for railway projects

19 October 2011
Chinese authorities have agreed to provide financial support for major railway projects that face cash constraints, China Securities Journal reported. The move follows a policy instituted earlier in October by the Ministry...

Toll roads suffer heavy losses

19 October 2011
Most toll roads in China suffered losses last year according to traffic authorities in 16 provinces that have released financial reports on their tollways, reported China Daily. All mainland provinces, municipalities and a...

Central China’s largest expo centre opens in Wuhan

19 October 2011
Wuhan International Expo Centre opened for business on 15 October, hosting the 2011 National Auto Parts Trade Fair....

Siemens to build industrial automation plant in Chengdu

19 October 2011
Siemens is to set up an industrial automation manufacturing and R&D base in Chengdu, Sichuan province....

SOM wins contract to redesign Nanjing waterfront

19 October 2011
The Chicago-based architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has been awarded a contract to design a redevelopment of a 2km stretch of central Nanjing’s Yangtze riverfront....

Daily Maersk service raises hopes of improved barge services

12 October 2011
Maersk’s newly-launched service Daily Maersk on the Asia-Europe route has given hope to large manufacturers such as Wuhan-based TPV Technology that their call for more reliable barge services on the Yangtze River will g...

Water level at Three Gorges Dam nears target

12 October 2011
On 10 October, the water level at the Three Gorges Dam reached 170 metres, only five metres below the target of 17 5 metres....

Port construction levy reduced by 20 per cent

12 October 2011
China’s port construction levy, now collected by local maritime safety authorities rather than port authorities as before, will be reduced by 20 per cent, according to the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry...

Zhenjiang port reports 25% increase in throughput

12 October 2011
Statistics from Zhenjiang Maritime Safety Authority show that for the first nine months of the year, cargo throughput in Zhenjiang port went up by 25 per cent year-on-year to 82.71m tons....

Increase in freight handled by major Chinese ports

12 October 2011
China’s main ports handled 768.9m tonnes of freight in August, up 11.2 per cent year-on-year, according to Ministry of Transport statistics....

US port official says port competition in China could harm environment

12 October 2011
The president and CEO of the San Diego Unified Port District told a logistics conference in Nanjing that competition among China’s many river and sea ports could ruin the environment and reduce economies of scale due to...

Cathay starts Chengdu freighter service

12 October 2011
Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific is launching a scheduled freighter service between the SAR and Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province....

Railway cargo volume up 8% in Jan-Sept

12 October 2011
The amount of cargo carried by China’s railways increased 8 per cent year-on-year in the first nine months of 2011 to 2.92bn tonnes....

China pledges to better regulate toll ways

12 October 2011
Responding to public criticism about high toll fees, China’s transport minister has called for better regulation and more transparent operation of the country’s toll ways, reported Xinhua....

AstraZeneca to build new plant in Taizhou

12 October 2011
AstraZeneca, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, is to invest US$200m to build a new manufacturing facility in Taizhou, Jiangsu province....

Navigation rules changed between major dams

5 October 2011
The Three Gorges Administration, in charge of navigational affairs between the Three Gorges Dam and Gezhouba Dam, has decided to adopt the normal traffic lane system at the end of this year’s flood season....

Yangtze throughput rises in September

5 October 2011
Official statistics show that throughput of general cargo on the Yangtze trunk line rose by nearly 14 per cent year-on-year to 132m tons in September, while container throughput increased nearly 20 per cent to 970,000 TEU....

Chongqing-Lanzhou railway to open in 2014

5 October 2011
A railway connecting southwest China’s Chongqing and the northwestern city of Lanzhou in Gansu province will be opened to traffic in 2014, Xinhua reported....

High pollutant levels found in fish off Guangdong

5 October 2011
Much of the seafood from the waters off Guangdong province in south China is contaminated, according to tests reported by Yangcheng Evening News....

Guaranteed water level to rise between Nanjing and Wuhu

5 October 2011
Deputy Minister of Transport Xu Zuyuan announced on 28 September that the minimum guaranteed water level in the 101km section between Nanjing and Wuhu will be raised from 9.0 metres to 10.5 metres in the flood season and from...
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