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Jihai deploys largest container vessel for Wuhan-Shanghai shuttle

4 July 2012
Jihai Shipping, a subsidiary of Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), has recently deployed the biggest container barge on the Yangtze for its Yangluo-Yangshan shuttle service. The 8,000 dwt self propelled barge, 110 metres in length and 19 metres wide, was built in February and is capable of carrying 518 standard containers.

The Shenda Hexie departs Wuhan once a week and reaches Yangshan terminal in Shanghai within 72 hours.

Jihai already operates four weekly scheduled services for Yangshan and three weekly scheduled services for Waigaoqiao terminal, also in Shanghai. It has been operating at 100 per cent capacity since the end of 2010, according to Wang Hui, General Manager of SIPG Yangtze Logistics in charge of the group’s commercial interests on the Yangtze. However, the new vessel will not be able to sail all year round due to restrictions on the waterway.

Jihai’s largest shipper is Foxconn, which is expected to transport 32,000 TEU in 2012, up from 24,000 TEU last year.

The much trumpeted Yangluo-Yangshan shuttle service is subsidised by the local government to help encourage greater reliability in inland container shipping. Officials claim that there has been a 96 per cent reliability level in the 10 months since its launch last July. Their figures show that 278 out of 289 shuttle services arrived in Yangshan with 72 hours.

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