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May 2012

Shanghai predicts modest container growth

30 May 2012
Shanghai port has targeted a 4.1 increase in container throughput by 2015 from the 31.7m TEU recorded in 2011, according to the city’s first five-year plan for the shipping industry. A throughput of 33m TEU by 2015 wou...

Korea helps to clean up Chaohu Lake

30 May 2012
South Korea’s Korea Environment Corp will provide technology to clean up Chaohu Lake, China’s fifth-largest lake, and produce biogas from the waste....

Wuhan-Mongolia container train service starts

30 May 2012
Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, has started a railway container service to the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator, according to Xinhua....

AirBridge begins Moscow-Chongqing service

30 May 2012
AirBridgeCargo Airlines of Russia has started a new service from Moscow to Chongqing, Zhengzhou and back to Moscow....

Nissan to make luxury model in Hubei from 2014

30 May 2012
Nissan Motor is to start manufacturing its luxury model Infiniti in Hubei province from 2014, according to an agreement signed with its joint venture partner Dongfeng Motor....

AGCO builds tractor plant in Changzhou

30 May 2012
From next month, the US-based agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO will start building a new plant in the Yangtze port city of Changzhou, Jiangsu province....

Lanxess opens nitrile rubber plant in Nantong

30 May 2012
German specialty chemicals company Lanxess has officially opened a nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) plant in Nantong, Jiangsu province, in a 50-50 joint venture with Taiwan’s TSRC Corporation....

Wisco to invest in Guangxi steel production

30 May 2012
Wuhan Iron and Steel Corp (Wisco) is to invest in a Rmb60bn steel production centre in Fangchenggang, Guangxi autonomous region, according to the regional Communist Party Secretary Ma Biao....

Wuhan government speeds up building of shipping centre

30 May 2012
Wuhan government has recently approved a blueprint to develop Wuhan into a shipping centre in the middle reaches of the Yangtze within the next five years....

Vessel logjam at Three Gorges finally resolved

30 May 2012
A logjam of at least 700 vessels at the Three Gorges Dam was finally dispersed on 26 May, according to the Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs. The problem started to build up on 7 March when the southern s...

Yangtze MSA reports 16 accidents in May

30 May 2012
In May, three-quarters of all accidents in waters controlled by the Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities took place downstream of Wuhan. The overwhelming majority were collisions....

Taizhou welcomes more ultra-large vessels

30 May 2012
The number of ultra-large vessels entering Taizhou port in Jiangsu province more than doubled to 341 during the first five months of this year, according to Taizhou MSA....

Chongqing container throughput up 23% in Q1

23 May 2012
Chongqing port handled 241,000 TEU in the first quarter of 2012, up 23 per cent year-on-year, Xinhua reported....

Oil leak causes closure of Shanghai reservoirs

23 May 2012
Reservoirs supplying Shanghai’s water were closed after a fuel ship sank at the mouth of the Yangtze River on 18 May, Shanghai Daily reported. The crew of nine were rescued from a fuel transporter owned by Shanghai T...

China Merchants to set up Hefei distribution centre

23 May 2012
China Merchants Logistics is to build a distribution centre in Hefei, its first in the capital of Anhui province, Xinhua reported. The facility will cost Rmb1.1bn and cover an area of 17.5 hectares....

Geodis Wilson extends trucking services to China

23 May 2012
Freight management company Geodis Wilson is expanding trucking operations to include China, reported Cargonews Asia....

Subway for Wuhu by 2020

23 May 2012
The Yangtze port city of Wuhu in Anhui province will build its first metro line by 2020, according to an urban planning document. In addition, four highways and five railways will be constructed that link Wuhu with cities...

Infrastructure projects to be accelerated

23 May 2012
China will accelerate approvals for infrastructure investment in response to a slowdown in the economy, according to the China Securities Journal....

NDRC approves Chongqing airport expansion

23 May 2012
China’s National Development and Reform Commission has approved a proposal to construct a new terminal and third runway at Chongqing Jiangbei airport. These and other new facilities will enable the airport to annuall...

Railways open up to private investment

23 May 2012
China’s railway industry it to become more open to private investment, according to a document issued by the Ministry of Railways....

Cargotec establishes crane joint venture in Jiangsu

23 May 2012
Materials handling company Cargotec has formally established a joint venture with Jiangsu Rainbow Heavy Industries that will build a new facility in Taicang, Jiangsu province....

Wuhan-Yangshan shuttle now more reliable, says shipper

23 May 2012
Wuhan government’s efforts to prioritise the reliability of shuttle services between Wuhan and Shanghai’s Yangshan terminal are bearing fruit, according to major shipper TPV, which has a manufacturing plant in Wuh...

LNG bunkering to be trialled on Yangtze

23 May 2012
Jiangsu Maritime Safety Authorities recently gathered China Classification Society, Nanjing Port Fuel Co and Jiangsu Haiqi Group recently to study the technical standards of LNG bunkering, vessel conversion to LNG fuel and th...

Jiangsu to increase minimum wage by 15%

23 May 2012
The central government has approved Jiangsu province’s plan to increase its minimum wage by an average of 15 per cent as of 1 June....

Minimum water level raised in Yangtze’s lower reaches

23 May 2012
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport announced on 16 May that the minimum guaranteed water level between Taicang and Nanjing will be raised from 10.5 metres to 10.8 metres with immediate effect....

Jiaxing posts 45% container growth in Q1

16 May 2012
The river port of Jiaxing in coastal Zhejiang province handled 17,527 TEU in the first three months of 2012, a 45 per cent year-on-year increase, according to Xinhua....

Yellow River likely to flood this summer

16 May 2012
The Yellow River, China’s second longest river, is likely to flood in its middle and lower reaches this summer, said the Yellow River Conservancy Commission under the Ministry of Water Resources. Long-term weather an...

Finnair starts Chongqing service

16 May 2012
Finnair has begun direct flights between Helsinki and Chongqing. The carrier will deploy Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft on the four-times-a-week service, and the journey will take about eight-and-a-half hours....

Container throughput at Taicang exceeds 1m TEU by April

16 May 2012
The latest statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that container throughput in Taicang, Jiangsu province, reached 1.41m TEU by the end of April, up almost 32 per cent year-on-yea...

NCC delegates call for new water level at Three Gorges

16 May 2012
Three prominent National Consultative Conference delegates including Lu Xiaozhong, chairman of Minsheng Shipping, each submitted motions recently calling for a readjustment of the water level at the Three Gorges Reservoir so...

Chengdu computer production capacity exceeds 100m by year end

16 May 2012
Officials from Chengdu Inward Investment Promotion Centre said on 9 May that three production lines for iPads will be completed by the end of this year with an annual capacity of 72m units, bringing the city’s computer...

Toxic chemical pollutes Hanjiang River

9 May 2012
A tank truck overturned and leaked styrene into a river in northwest China’s Shaanxi province on 5 May, according to local environmental protection officials....

Water pollution control measures to be tightened

9 May 2012
China is strengthening pollution controls in key rivers and lakes this year, said Zhou Shengxian, minister of environmental protection....

Cargo trains carry 1.33bn tonnes Jan-April

9 May 2012
China’s railways carried 1.33bn tonnes of cargo in the first four months of 2012, up 3.8 per cent from the previous year, said the Ministry of Railways. The amount of coal carried by railways was up 6.6 per cent year...

Fare discounts offered on high-speed trains

9 May 2012
Business class and premium seat passengers on the high-speed Shanghai-Nanjing and Shanghai-Hangzhou railway lines will soon enjoy discounts of 10-30 per cent, reported China Daily. Shanghai Railway Bureau announced that bu...

Jiuhuashan airport to be completed this summer

9 May 2012
Construction of Jiuhuashan airport in Anhui province will be completed in July this year, according to a local government website. The airport is located about 20km from downtown Chizhou and Tongling, two important Yangtze...

Air China starts Chengdu-Mumbai service

9 May 2012
Air China has launched a new regular flight between the southwestern city of Chengdu and the Indian city of Mumbai. Airbus 319 planes will depart every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, said the carrier....

Chongqing Iron & Steel output fall 10%

9 May 2012
Steel products output at Chongqing Iron & Steel fell 9.92 per cent year-on-year in April to 385,900 tonnes. The company said output in the first quarter was down 13.5 per cent to 1.63m tonnes....

473 Chongqing officials prosecuted

9 May 2012
A total of 473 officials in Chongqing municipality were prosecuted for criminal behaviour in the first four months of this year....

Lenovo to build mobile plant in Wuhan

9 May 2012
Lenovo Group, the world's second-largest PC maker, said it will invest invest a total of Rmb5bn to set up an industry base for mobile products in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province....

Yangtze cargo throughput up 6.7% in April

9 May 2012
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that throughput of general cargo in major Yangtze ports grew 6.7 per cent year-on-year to 144m tons in April, while container throughput we...

Chongqing foreign trade soars in Q1

9 May 2012
Statistics from the Chongqing branch of the People’s Bank of China show that the city’s exports soared by 58 per cent year-on-year for the first quarter to US$5.3bn while its imports reached US$3.7bn, up 54 per ce...

Jinling Shipyard signs MOU to build new Titanic

9 May 2012
Jinling Shipyard, a subsidiary of Sinotrans China National Shipping Corp, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Australian billionaire Clive Palmer to build a modern replica of the Titanic, according to a report from...

Storms damage homes and ground airplanes

2 May 2012
Heavy rain and hailstorms in Hunan province have affected more than 750,000 people in Yueyang, Yiyang, Zhangjiajie and Yongzhou....

Surge in Chongqing laptop production

2 May 2012
Chongqing manufactured 11m laptops in the first quarter of 2012, an increase of more than six times on the same period last year, according to municipal government figures. The majority of the products were exported and we...

Wuhan launches English weekly newspaper

2 May 2012
Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, has launched its first English-language weekly newspaper. Changjiang Weekly, published by the Yangtze Daily Newspaper Group, covers local political, economic, social and cultural news as w...

Repair work completed at Three Gorges and Gezhouba shiplocks

2 May 2012
Reports from the Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs say that the major repair work on the shiplocks of both Three Gorges and Gezhouba dams has been completed ahead of the May Day holiday, and that operations...

UPM completes two new projects in Changshu

2 May 2012
UPM, the giant Finnish paper manufacturer, has recently completed the building of its Asia Pacific R&D centre and a new self-adhesive laminate factory in Changshu....

Sichuan plans three transport routes overseas

2 May 2012
Sichuan in southwest China has pledged to open up three major transport routes linking the landlocked province to overseas markets, according to an action plan recently issued by the provincial government....

Fog halts Yangtze shipping

2 May 2012
Heavy fog has caused a major disruption to shipping in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River....
     
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