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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. This is more ambitious than the announcement made in September 2011 by the provincial government to build Wuhan into a shipping centre within 10 years.

Wuhan New Port, a new administrative concept that covers Wuhan and its cluster of neighbouring cities, boasts 27 terminals with an annual handling capacity of 1.5m TEU. Upstream of the Wuhan Yangtze Bridge, only loaded 2,000-3,000 dwt vessels can sail all year round; downstream, the river can accommodate 3,000-5,000 dwt loaded vessels. In time, major dredging projects will allow 5,000 dwt vessels to sail upstream of the bridge and 10,000 dwt vessels downstream.

Within a radius of 400km, Wuhan can be reached by 45 medium-sized cities in six provinces with a non-rural population of between 200,000 and 500,000.

Wuhan New Port Authorities are reported to be discussing with China Railway Container Transport Co about linking Yangluo container terminal with rail container services so that containers from as far as Zhengzhou, Xian, Chongqing and Chengdu could be taken on to the Yangluo-Yangshan Yangtze shuttle services. The local government is providing subsidies to the shuttle service providers to make them more reliable for shippers.

The blueprint has pledged more than Rmb300bn for this ambitious project.

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