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February 2012

Three Gorges shiplift towers over dam

29 February 2012
A new shiplift being constructed at the Three Gorges Dam has now grown taller than the dam itself, reported Xinhua....

Jiangsu to build 20 berths in 2012

29 February 2012
The eastern province of Jiangsu plans to build 20 new berths in 2012, each with a capacity to handle 10,000-tonne vessels, Xinhua reported....

Anhui expressway to open in 2012

29 February 2012
The 17km Wuhu-Yanchi expressway will open to traffic within this year, according to the transport department of Anhui province. Work on the road started in 2009 and will cost some Rmb1.61bn....

First direct China-Africa air cargo service

29 February 2012
Kenya Airways and KLM have joined forces to launch the first direct air cargo service between mainland China and Africa. The airlines will operate a B747-400 freighter with 120 tonnes of cargo capacity....

Decline in Shanghai air cargo volume

29 February 2012
Shanghai Pudong International Airport recorded a 22 per cent fall in its air cargo volume to 199,900 tonnes in January, according to figures posted by Shanghai International Airport....

Wuhan subway tunnel digging complete

29 February 2012
Tunnel digging in Wuhan on the first subway to cross the Yangtze River has been completed, reported Xinhua. The 28km line, the first phase of Wuhan Subway Line II, will open to traffic later this year....

BP in Chongqing chemicals project

29 February 2012
Sinopec, BP Chemicals and South Korea-based SK Global Chemical are to jointly build a Rmb7bn chemical production base in Chongqing....

Ford plant starts operations in Chongqing

29 February 2012
Changan Ford Mazda’s second production site in Chongqing officially began operation on 24 February, Economic Observer News reported....

Four DG accidents on Yangtze in February

29 February 2012
Official statistics for February from the Yangtze MSA showed 10 accidents took place within its remit, between Anhui and Chongqing. Five of these accidents were collisions and three involved stranded vessels....

Palm oil vessel hit while unloading

22 February 2012
According to the Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities, a Singapore-registered vessel was hit by a domestic vessel on 15 February while unloading 16,000 tons of palm oil at a terminal privately-owned by China Grain Import and E...

Jiangsu to spend Rmb5.5bn on Yangtze dredging

22 February 2012
Jiangsu provincial government announced on 16 February that it would spend Rmb5.5bn by the end of this year to help dredge 146km of the Yangtze trunkline, according to reports from the Yangtze River Administration under the M...

Yueyang MSA strives to impose order in Dongting Lake area

22 February 2012
At the 3.5km junction of Dongting Lake and the Yangtze, an increasing number of small vessels are collecting and transhipping sand, creating a shipping hazard in the area, said the Yangtze River Administration under the Minis...

Second Harbour Engineering wins Chizhou port deal

22 February 2012
CCCC Second Harbour Engineering has won the bid for phase one of the public terminal in the Niutoushan area of Chizhou Port in Anhui province, reported Dredging Today, as well as the reconstruction and extension of Guodian te...

Call for more water quality monitoring stations

22 February 2012
A shortage of water quality monitoring stations is hindering China’s ability to respond to chemical spills in the nation’s waterways, said Hu Siyi, deputy minister of water resources. In recent years, a large n...

Worker killed in tank truck explosion

22 February 2012
An unidentified chemical worker has died in a tank truck explosion in the northwestern province of Gansu, local authorities said. The tank trailer, which was carrying 58 cubic meters of liquefied petroleum gas, exploded ne...

Fog causes transport disruption

22 February 2012
Two Beijing-Shanghai high-speed trains were cancelled and others were delayed because of dense fog in Tianjin and Hebei province on 22 February, according to Beijing Railway Administration. Air traffic was also affected by...

New Chongqing bridge approved

22 February 2012
Chongqing has approved the design plan of a new cable-stayed bridge across the Jialing River, a tributary of the Yangtze. Hongyancun Jialing River Bridge will be a dual-use highway and railway bridge....

More high-speed lines to open in 2012, says railways official

22 February 2012
A total of 3,500km of new high-speed railways are expected to be put into use this year, despite safety concerns and funding shortages that led to the halting of several rail projects last year. Yang Zhongmin, director of...

Lifan to build new auto plant

22 February 2012
Motorcycle manufacturer Lifan Industry (Group) has announced plans to spend Rmb3.88bn to build a car plant at its headquarters in Chongqing....

Aeon to open three malls in Wuhan

22 February 2012
Japan’s largest supermarket group Aeon plans to build three large shopping centres in Wuhan, capital of the central province of Hubei, according to city government officials....

Direct Chongqing-Helsinki air services

22 February 2012
Finnair is to launch direct services between Helsinki and Chongqing from May, according to municipal tourism authorities. There will be four flights every week that will be served by Airbus A340 aircraft....

AICM chairman to speak at Yangtze DG conference on 22 March

15 February 2012
Peter von Zumbusch, Chairman of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM), has agreed to speak at the 2012 Yangtze Business Network conference in Shanghai on 22 March....

Korean cargo vessel accused of chemical spill

15 February 2012
A South Korean cargo ship accused of spilling phenol into the lower reaches of the Yangtze River was detained on 11 February....

10 dead after Hunan shipping tragedy

15 February 2012
The death toll following the capsizing of a boat in central Hunan province two weeks ago has risen to 10, reported Xinhua, and another person remains missing. On 2 February the sand-carrying boat capsized during high winds...

Port operators more optimistic than shipping lines for the year

15 February 2012
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport gathered nearly 50 major Yangtze port operators and shipping lines on 9 February to discuss their performance in the fourth quarter of 2011 and their business p...

Yangtze MSA to gift AIS to small passenger vessels

15 February 2012
The Yangtze MSA, in charge of the waterway between Anhui and Chongqing, will provide free Automatic Identification System (AIS) equipment to all passenger ferries that are less than 100 dwt, according to its director Mr Wang...

Jiangxi shipyard delivers largest ever new vessel

15 February 2012
Escorted by pilots from Wuhan Piloting Station, a multi-purpose ocean vessel named Jianglian 28 was delivered safely to its German owners in Shanghai on 6 February....

China’s logistics costs rise 18.5% in 2011

15 February 2012
Logistics costs accounted for 17.8 per cent of China’s Rmb47,160bn GDP last year, compared with 18 per cent in 2010, according to a report issued by the National Development and Reform Commission, the National Bureau of...

Yunnan, Inner Mongolia face drinking water shortages

15 February 2012
More than 3m people in China face a shortage of drinking water because of drought, reported Xinhua....

Wuhan-Singapore flights to start in April

15 February 2012
Singapore Airlines is to start direct flights between Singapore and Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, on 24 April, Xinhua reported....

Fatal road accidents on foggy Jiangsu expressway

15 February 2012
Accidents involving 21 vehicles on a road in Jiangsu province killed two people and injured six others on the morning of 11 February. The accidents occurred in heavy fog on an expressway between the city of Changzhou and t...

Spur sells Hubei phosphate interests

15 February 2012
Canada-based plant nutrient manufacturer Spur Ventures has sold its wholly owned China chemicals subsidiary to a Cayman Islands company for a price of US$9.3m. The unit had an interest in two joint venture phosphate mines...

Lanxess to build chemicals plant in Changzhou

15 February 2012
The German specialty chemicals company Lanxess is to establish a leather chemicals plant in Changzhou, Jiangsu province....

UK mission to Chongqing and Changsha

15 February 2012
UKTI, a government department that helps British companies do business overseas, is organising a “Sustainable Cities” mission to Chongqing and Changsha on 19-23 March....

January dip in Shanghai container volumes

8 February 2012
Shanghai port handled 2.62m TEU of containers in January. This was 1.5 per cent lower than in the previous month and 3.3 per cent down on the January 2011 total....

Heavy-metal plants in Hechi told to move

8 February 2012
All heavy-metal smelting plants in Hechi, in the northwest of Guangxi province, are to be relocated by 2015 as part of a government response to a cadmium spill in the Longjiang River that was first detected on 15 January....

Environmental accidents on the rise

8 February 2012
The number of environmental accidents in China has increased significantly, reported China Daily, in line with the rapid growth of the chemical industry. Ministry of Environmental Protection data showed that 542 environmen...

Water diversion project to be operational in 2013

8 February 2012
The eastern route of China’s massive south-to-north water diversion project will start supplying water in 2013, Sun Yifu, deputy water resources chief in Shandong province, told Xinhua....

Dam plan for Poyang Lake altered

8 February 2012
A plan to build a hydropower dam on Poyang Lake has been altered after it was criticised by environmentalists and academicians for its potential damage to an already fragile ecology....

New international rail services for Chongqing

8 February 2012
Chongqing municipality is to start two new international rail cargo routes this year, reported Xinhua. Container transport will be authorised for a service that begins in Chongqing and runs via the provinces of Guizhou and...

SI Group to build resin plant in Nanjing

8 February 2012
SI Group, the US-based manufacturer of chemical intermediates, is to construct a US$30m phenolic resin production facility in Nanjing....

Shipping delays expected as dam repair work starts

8 February 2012
The Ministry of Transport has approved a plan to start major repair work at the southern shiplocks of the Three Gorges Dam and No.1 shiplock of the Gezhouba Dam at the same time on 7 March, according to Xinhua....

Chongqing to establish helicopter production base

8 February 2012
According to Mr Huang Yong, board chairman of the newly set up Chongqing Helicopter Investment Group, Chongqing has chosen Liangjiang New Zone as the site for helicopter production....

Sichuan to speed up investment in waterway infrastructure

8 February 2012
Sichuan provincial governor Jiang Jufeng announced recently that his government will speed up investment in waterway infrastructure so that by 2020, 2,000-3,000 dwt vessels can sail on the Yangtze trunkline and 1,000dwt vesse...

Shenzhen port impacted by industry shift to interior

1 February 2012
Shenzhen’s status as a major international port is increasingly dependent on container railway services to central China, where many industrial plants have relocated from Guangdong province and other coastal locations...

Pollution concern grows as toxic spill nears Liuzhou

1 February 2012
Toxic metal contamination of a river in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region is threatening the drinking water supply of millions of people....

Poyang Lake dam criticised by environmentalists

1 February 2012
Environmental activists have criticised a proposed dam designed to tackle a severe water shortage in Jiangxi province’s Poyang Lake, reported South China Morning Post....

High spending on water conservation

1 February 2012
Central and local governments in China spent Rmb345.2bn on water conservation projects last year, according to Minister of Water Resources, Chen Lei. The investments helped provide 20.5m people in drought-hit regions with...

Carmakers expand Wuhan capacity

1 February 2012
Wuhan’s importance as a car manufacturing centre is set to grow in coming months, according to official media....

Sichuan’s GDP rises 15% in 2011

1 February 2012
Sichuan province in southwest China recorded a GDP increase of 15 per cent in 2011 to Rmb2,100bn, according to the provincial statistics bureau....

Three Gorges Dam posts 27% cargo increase

1 February 2012
The Three Gorges Dam posted a year-on-year increase of 27.3 per cent in 2011 cargo movements to 100.3m tonnes, Xinhua reported. The site is also becoming an important visitor attraction....

Nanjing MSA detains Panama-registered vessel

1 February 2012
Marine safety officials in Nanjing detained a visiting Panama-registered vessel on 30 January, after on-board checks discovered powerless engines in lifeboats, a broken alarm system for low fuel pressure in the main engines a...

Spring Festival leads to fall in Yangtze throughput

1 February 2012
Official statistics show that throughput of general cargo via the major Yangtze ports fell by 8.7 per cent to 115m tons in January, compared with the same month last year, largely due to the timing of the week-long Chinese Ne...

Chongqing-Europe container rail service to ramp up frequency

1 February 2012
Mr Mu Huaping, Director of Chongqing Municipal Commission of Industries and Information, said that the Chongqing-Europe rail service, connecting the city with Europe via Xinjiang, will increase from the current weekly service...

Hong Kong sets up Chongqing liaison office

1 February 2012
Hong Kong government officially opened a liaison office in Chongqing on 15 January to promote trade and commerce between the SAR and the municipality....
     
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