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April 2012

12 finless porpoises found dead in Dongting Lake

25 April 2012
In recent weeks, 12 finless porpoises have been found dead in Dongting Lake, a flood basin of the Yangtze River in Hunan province, Xiaoxiang Morning Post reported....

Funding challenge for transport infrastructure

25 April 2012
The Ministry of Transport has warned that funding difficulties lie ahead for transport infrastructure. “This year the demand for funds for transport infrastructure construction will remain high,” it said in a s...

Landslide threat prompts major relocation

25 April 2012
About 20,000 people from Dongba county in Hubei province will be relocated in 2012 because of the threat of landslides around the Three Gorges Dam, local authorities said. The relocation process is under way, said an offic...

Chongqing cargo throughput rises 21% in Q1

25 April 2012
The port of Chongqing handled 179,200 TEU in the first three months of 2012, an increase of 21.2 per cent over the same period last year, Xinhua reported. General cargo throughput was up 13.4 per cent to 27.83m tonnes....

CRE promotes time-definite services

25 April 2012
CHINA Railway Express (CRE), a railway express service provider owned by the Ministry of Railways, is promoting its time-definite service, Xinhua reported. The service includes next-day delivery and third-day delivery, by...

Chongqing heralds air cargo route to US and Australia

25 April 2012
Qantas Freight has begun a weekly cargo service between Sydney and Chongqing. The full route is Sydney-Chongqing-Pudong (Shanghai)-Chicago-New York-Sydney....

Hi-tech zone approved in Wuhu

25 April 2012
The provincial government of Anhui has approved the establishment of Xinwu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone in the southern suburbs of Wuhu city. The zone aims to attract manufacturers and service providers from sectors...

Solvay to invest in Changshu plant

25 April 2012
The Belgium-based international chemical group Solvay plans to build a new plant in Changshu, Jiangsu province, after having acquired the specialty chemicals company Rhodia last September. The plant, which will make fluori...

Company chief summoned to Wuhan after Yangtze accidents

25 April 2012
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport and Jiangsu Provincial Transport Department jointly summoned senior managers of Longchuan Transport Co, based in Jiangdu city, Jiangsu province to Wuhan for dis...

Shanghai posts 3.4% rise in March container throughput

18 April 2012
Shanghai port registered a 3.4 per cent year-on-year increase in container throughput in March, according to figures from Shanghai International Port (Group). The world’s largest container port recorded 2.73m teu of...

Hefei to become national transport hub

18 April 2012
Anhui province will invest Rmb320bn in transport during the current five-year plan, according to a provincial government website. According to the plan, Anhui’s capital Hefei will be built into a national transportat...

12 killed in Jiangsu road accidents

18 April 2012
Twelve people were killed and 26 others injured following a number of pile-ups on a highway in Jiangsu province on the morning of 15 April, local authorities said. Thirty-two vehicles were involved in seven separate accide...

Joint air-railway tickets launched

18 April 2012
Shanghai Railway Bureau and China Eastern Airlines have signed an agreement to launch ‘air-railway traffic’ products jointly, reported Beijing Daily....

Novelis builds aluminium sheet plant in Changzhou

18 April 2012
The US-based aluminium products company Novelis is building a US$100m plant in the Yangtze port city of Changzhou, Jiangsu province....

Chongqing exports grow 150% in first quarter

18 April 2012
Chongqing municipality recorded China’s highest export growth rate of 150 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2012, with export value hitting US$5.84bn, according to the local customs office....

Changan Suzuki start second Chongqing plant

18 April 2012
Chongqing Changan Suzuki Automobile has started construction on its second plant in Chongqing. The Rmb2.3bn facility will have four automobile assembly lines and an annual output capacity of 100,000 vehicles....

Yangtze campaign to standardise ship ID

18 April 2012
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Authority has launched a four-month campaign to standardise identification of all vessels within its remit....

First Yangtze emergency vessel for oil spills

18 April 2012
The Yangtze MSA has received delivery of its first purpose-built emergency vessel for dealing with oil spills....

Shipowner arrested for using forged DG documentation

18 April 2012
The Yangtze Police said that, in the early hours of 12 April, its Wuhan force discovered a container vessel that was shipping dangerous cargo on forged documentation. They immediately arrested the owner of the vessel....

Jiangsu ranks third in terms of aging population

18 April 2012
A recent research report by Nanjing Normal University said that Jiangsu ranks third in the country for its aging population....

Yangtze dry season continues

11 April 2012
Continued low water levels in the middle reaches of the Yangtze have caused officials from the Yangtze Waterway Bureau to warn that the dry season is longer this year than normal, according to China Transport News....

Fog halts shipping in Three Gorges area

11 April 2012
Fog that restricted visibility to less than 500 metres on 11 April has disrupted shipping services in waters around the Three Gorges region in Hubei province, reported China Daily. Water traffic was halted from 6:00am and...

Zhangjiagang becomes leading soybean importer in Jiangsu

11 April 2012
Statistics from Zhangjiagang Inspection and Quarantine Bureau show that a total of 667,000 tons of soybeans were imported in the first quarter of this year via Zhangjiagang from the US, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay....

Date set for digital waterway trial

11 April 2012
The director of the Yangtze Waterway Bureau, Xiong Xuebing, announced at a recent meeting that the 2.0 version of the digital mapping of the Yangtze waterway will start a public trial run before China’s National Day on...

Aegean signs marine fuels deal with China Changjiang

11 April 2012
Marine fuels supplier Aegean Marine Petroleum has formed a partnership with China Changjiang Bunker (Sinopec) to enable the Greece-based company to supply marine fuel to its customers in China....

Boat accident kills five in Zhangjiagang

11 April 2012
Five people have been killed in a boat accident on the Yangtze River in Jiangsu province....

China releases 1,200 sturgeons

11 April 2012
More than 1,200 artificially-bred Chinese sturgeons were released into the Yangtze on 8 April to increase wild stocks of the rare species....

China Eastern invests in Wuhan subsidiary

11 April 2012
China Eastern Airlines will inject Rmb1.05bn into its Wuhan subsidiary, China Eastern Wuhan Airlines, to enhance its position in central China, reported Air Transport World....

Ford to nearly double Chongqing capacity

11 April 2012
Ford Motor has unveiled plans to invest US$600m in its passenger car joint venture with Chongqing Changan Auto, reported Wall Street Journal. The US-based auto giant expects to expand overall car manufacturing capacity in...

Yueyang starts scheduled direct route to Hong Kong

4 April 2012
On 28 March, a 2,300dwt river- and ocean-going container vessel loaded with fireworks set off from Yueyang port bound for Hong Kong, marking the opening of the first container route to the SAR....

Yangtze general cargo throughput rises 4.3% in March 

4 April 2012
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that throughput of general cargo on the Yangtze trunkline rose by 4.3 per cent year-on-year to 138m tons in March, while container throughp...

Fishing ban starts in Yangtze’s lower reaches

4 April 2012
An annual three-month fishing ban began on 1 April in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River as part of efforts to preserve fish stocks....

Chengdu investment conference

4 April 2012
Euromoney, in conjunction with Chengdu municipal government, is hosting a Chengdu investment conference on 19-20 April....

Cathay launches cargo service to Zhengzhou

4 April 2012
Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways has launched a twice-weekly freighter service to Zhengzhou, capital of the central province of Henan....

Chongqing targets continued air cargo growth

4 April 2012
Chongqing Airport is targeting 22m passengers and 300,000 tonnes of cargo in 2012, according to Chongqing Daily....

Sabic advances plans for Chongqing facility

4 April 2012
Senior leaders from petrochemical giant Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) have been meeting with officials from Chongqing and other Chinese cities to progress plans to expand their manufacturing operations in China....
     
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