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November 2011

SDRC approves plan for Nanjing dredging project

30 November 2011
The State Development and Reform Commission hosted a meeting on 21 and 22 November to evaluate a feasibility study for the first phase of what is known as the Nanjing 12.5-metre dredging project....

First train service starts from Luzhou container port

30 November 2011
On 18 November, a ceremony was held in Luzhou container port to mark the first train service from its container yard....

Central government allocates Rmb45bn to the Yangtze by 2015

30 November 2011
According to the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport, the central government has allocated Rmb45bn for Yangtze capital projects between 2011 and 2015....

River source conservation work continues

30 November 2011
Over the past six years, China has spent Rmb4.55bn on conservation work to preserve the source of the Yellow, Yangtze and Lancang rivers, a local conservation official said. The ecological conservation programme, initiated...

Rail and road cargo volumes climb in first 10 months

30 November 2011
China’s railways carried 3.27bn tonnes of cargo in the first 10 months of 2011, up 8.1 per cent year-on-year, reported Xinhua....

Chongqing-Doha flights start

30 November 2011
Direct flights between Chongqing and Doha started on 28 November, operated by Qatar Airways....

Hubei receives Rmb19bn from central government

30 November 2011
Hubei provincial people’s congress was told on 28 November that the provincial government had received a total of Rmb19.23bn from the State Development & Reform Commission as of mid-November this year....

Work starts on new energy auto zone in Wuhan

30 November 2011
Construction of the New Energy Auto Zone started on 28 November in Jiangxia district, southeast of Wuhan....

KFC and Pizza Hut deal for petrol stations

30 November 2011
Sinopec and Yum Brands, the parent company of KFC and Pizza Hut, have signed a framework agreement for the joint development of restaurants at petrol stations and highway services areas across China. Under the agreement, Y...

Defence minister visits Three Gorges shiplocks

23 November 2011
Minister of Defence Mr Liang Guanglie visited the Three Gorges Dam and its shiplocks on 14 November. This is one of the most high profile visits from the ministry to the dam in recent years....

Three Gorges Administration unveils ‘green channel’

23 November 2011
The Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs announced recently that a ‘green channel’ has been created for use by eight categories of vessel....

Nanjing Yangtze Waterway to issue Rmb300m bills

23 November 2011
Nanjing Yangtze River Waterway Engineering Bureau, under the Ministry of Transport, is to issue Rmb300m-worth of 366-day unsecured bills on the interbank market on 29 November....

New container rail service from Lianyungang to Kazakhstan

23 November 2011
China Railway Container Transport and its wholly-owned subsidiary China Railway International Multimodal Transport have jointly launched a scheduled container rail service from the coastal city of Lianyungang in Jiangsu provi...

Suzuki to build second plant in Chongqing

23 November 2011
Suzuki Motor Corporation plans to build a new car plant in Chongqing that will double the production capacity of its joint venture with Changan Automobile to 500,000 units a year, according to the Nikkei newspaper. Chongqi...

Taizhou port reaches a throughput of 100m tons

23 November 2011
The Yangtze River port of Taizhou recorded a throughput of 100m tons in the first 10 months of 2011, the first time it has reached this level in any one year according to the local maritime safety authorities....

Chongqing MSA tackles noise pollution

23 November 2011
Chongqing Maritime Safety Authorities announced on 18 November that they are taking measures to tackle the noise pollution along those sections that lie within the city proper....

Trains resume service on Beijing-Shanghai railway

16 November 2011
The 54 high-speed trains taken out of service following the fatal Wenzhou high-speed-rail crash in the summer are to resume operations shortly on the Beijing-Shanghai line once modifications have been made, Xinhua reported....

Railway investment declines 25%

16 November 2011
Investment in China’s railways in the first 10 months of 2011 fell 25 per cent year-on-year to Rmb429bn, said the Ministry of Railways....

Cathay cargo volume falls

16 November 2011
The world’s biggest cargo carrier, Cathay Pacific, reported a 17.5 per cent fall in October volumes compared with the same month last year....

PetroChina to build warehouses in Chongqing

16 November 2011
PetroChina Southwest Marketing has signed an investment framework agreement to build a non-hazardous chemicals logistics centre in Chongqing Western Logistics Park....

Three Gorges text messaging service for vessels

16 November 2011
The Three Gorges GPS vessel management system is now capable of sending text messages with a range of information useful to vessels about to pass the shiplocks, including navigational conditions, water levels and weather fore...

Yichang to invest Rmb8.2bn in Yangtze projects

16 November 2011
Yichang, the city in Hubei province that hosts both the Three Gorges and Gezhouba dams, has vowed to invest Rmb8.2bn in terminal and waterway projects in the five years to 2015 to turn the city into a regional hub. Most ve...

Chongqing leads FDI rankings for fourth straight year

16 November 2011
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Chongqing over the first 10 months of 2011 exceeded US$5bn, up 82 per cent over the same period last year, and ranking first in the country for the fourth year running....

Record 100m tons set to pass Three Gorges Dam

9 November 2011
China Yangtze Three Gorges Corporation announced recently that 90.92m tons of cargo passed through the Three Gorges Dam during the first 10 months of 2011, more than the total for the whole of last year....

Yangtze container throughput up 26.4 per cent in October

9 November 2011
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that container throughput across the Yangtze trunk line reached 1m TEU in October, up 26.4 per cent over the same period last year....

Call to increase spending on Yangtze

9 November 2011
More money needs to be spent on improving the Yangtze River’s navigability, according to Bronson Hsieh, vice-chairman of Taiwan’s Evergreen Group....

Strong container growth for Hefei

9 November 2011
Hefei river port in eastern China has recorded a container throughput of 30,971 TEU so far this year, already ahead of its annual target of 25,000 TEU, Xinhua reported. Following the opening of the port’s multi-use t...

Nantong becomes China’s 2nd largest shipbuilding centre

9 November 2011
Official statistics show that Nantong’s shipbuilding industry completed 5.31m dwt-worth of orders, totalling a record of Rmb100.5bn during the first three quarters of 2011, up 25.1 per cent year-on-year in terms of valu...

Hunan to invest Rmb170bn in inland waterways

9 November 2011
An expert panel organised by Hunan provincial government has approved a plan to invest Rmb170bn over the next 20 years in its inland waterway network including the Yangtze and one of its major tributaries, Dongting Lake....

China’s railway cargo volume up 8.1% in Jan-Oct

9 November 2011
China’s trains carried 3.26bn tonnes of cargo in the first 10 months of this year, according to Ministry of Railways’ data, an increase of 8.1 per cent year-on-year....

High-speed rail projects postponed for safety checks

9 November 2011
The Wuhan-Yichang high-speed railway, scheduled to start operation by end of November, has been postponed to allow further safety checks....

First Europe air connection for Wuhan

9 November 2011
Air France will become the first airline to offer direct flights between Wuhan and Europe....

Railway investment set to fall

9 November 2011
Investment in railway construction in China could fall to about Rmb500bn a year, according to an unnamed source quoted by China Securities Journal, down from the Rmb800bn a year proposed in a long-term plan. The amount of...

2m in Yunnan face drinking water shortages

9 November 2011
More than two million people are facing drinking water shortages in Yunnan, southwest China, due to a continued lack of rainfall, the provincial vice governor said. On 3 November, the authorities calculated 4.44bn cubic me...

Aleris plans to build second plant in Zhenjiang

9 November 2011
The US-based aluminium producer Aleris has signed a letter of intent to invest US$200m in a plant in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. The facility will make aluminium coil and sheet for the automotive sector....

Nippon Steel launches Wuhan tin plate venture

9 November 2011
Japan’s Nippon Steel has announced a 50-50 tin plate joint venture with Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Corp. The Rmb1.85bn plant is expected to start operation in the summer of 2013....

Symax to build lift plant in Wanzhou

9 November 2011
The Canada-based producer of lifts and escalators, Symax Lift (Holding), is to set up a new manufacturing facility in Wanzhou, Chongqing municipality. Construction will start this month and end in August 2013....

Shanghai-St Louis air cargo flight cancelled

2 November 2011
For the second successive week, China Cargo Airlines has cancelled a scheduled freight service from Shanghai to Lambert-St Louis, reported IFW....

Government provides funds to pay off railway workers

2 November 2011
The Ministry of Railways is expected to receive more than Rmb200bn-worth of financial support to pay off bills and continue important railway projects, reported Xinhua....

Rail cargo rises 6.4% in first three quarters

2 November 2011
China’s rail cargo increased eight per cent year-on-year to 2.93bn tonnes in the first three quarters of 2011, Xinhua reported, and by 6.4 per cent to 2,160bn tonnes per kilometre....

Chongqing-Guiyang rail expansion to be completed by 2016

2 November 2011
The capacity expansion of the railway between Chongqing and Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province, is scheduled to be completed in five years, according to the municipal government of Chongqing....

Oxea to build plant in Nanjing

2 November 2011
Germany-based chemical company Oxea is to build its first chemical plant for the production of oxo derivatives in Nanjing Chemical Industry Park....

Sinotrans Wuhu terminal project gets MOT approval

2 November 2011
The Sanshan terminal project west of Wuhu city centre on the Yangtze River has recently been approved by the Ministry of Transport....

Water level reaches 175 metres at Three Gorges Dam

2 November 2011
At 5:00pm on 30 October, the water level at the Three Gorges Dam reached its maximum of 175 metres for the second time in history, according to official reports....

Shipping suspended in lower reaches due to heavy fog

2 November 2011
Heavy fog affected the lower reaches of the Yangtze River in the early hours of 1 November. Maritime safety authorities in Nanjing, Zhenjiang and Taizhou suspended traffic at one point to avoid accidents....

SIPG post reports 9.5% drop in Q3 profit

2 November 2011
Shanghai International Port Group announced a fall in net profit of 9.52 per cent year-on-year to Rmb1.18bn in the third quarter of 2011....
     
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