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September 2012

China’s port cargo throughput up 2% in August

26 September 2012
Throughput of Chinese ports above a certain size grew 2 per cent year-on-year to 792m tonnes in August this year, according to Ministry of Transport data. However, the figure was 14.4m tonnes down on the previous month....

Third direct Hunan-Shanghai shipping service

26 September 2012
The arrival on 16 September of the 2,000-ton vessel Xiangyuan No.8 at Yanguan terminal in Changde from Shanghai marked the third direct shipping route from Hunan province to Shanghai, after Xianing terminal in Changsha and Ch...

Chongqing continues container handling subsidy

26 September 2012
The Chongqing government has decided to continue its subsidy scheme for container terminal handling charges after a one-year trial, Xinhua reported....

OOCL to handle Bayer China’s supply chain

26 September 2012
Orient Overseas Orient Line (OOCL) Logistics has been appointed by Bayer China to manage its supply chain logistics operations for domestic and international shipments, reported Seatrade. The company will monitor the perfo...

Continued debate over high-speed rail prices

26 September 2012
The opening of a new high-speed railway line on 28 September has stirred debate over high ticket prices in China, according to an article in China Daily. Trains on the Zhengzhou-Wuhan line in central China will run at up t...

Western China remains development priority

26 September 2012
Foreign investment will continue to be directed into China’s western region, although the government will be more selective on what types of investment are allowed, reported China Daily....

Mauser opens plant in Jiangyin

26 September 2012
The Germany-headquartered industrial packaging company Mauser has opened a plant in Jiangyin, Jiangsu province....

Chongqing Guoyuan terminal close to completion

26 September 2012
More details have emerged about phase two of Chongqing’s Guoyuan container terminal , construction of which will be completed by the end of this year. The terminal will have 15 berths for 5,000dwt vessels, making it...

Concern over shrinking Poyang Lake

26 September 2012
The Yangtze River Administration has reported that the water level at the Three Gorges Reservoir is 10 metres within the target of 175 metres, about 15 days ahead of schedule....

Shipper reports good reliability on Wuhan-Yangshan shuttle

19 September 2012
TPV, the world’s second largest OEM of computers behind Foxconn, has taken space on 108 Wuhan-Yangshan shuttle services between December 2011 and June 2012, and says that only two failed to reach their destination on ti...

Anhui to invest Rmb10bn in ports and waterways

19 September 2012
Anhui provincial government has set aside Rmb10bn for modernising its ports and carrying out major dredging projects in the current 12th five-year plan....

Rail link for Chongqing Guoyuan terminal

19 September 2012
The main building work on Chongqing Guoyuan terminal will be completed by the end of 2012, according to officials in Liangjiang New Area. The construction of railway sidings for this area is to start next year....

SinoTrans Yangtze Shipping in financial trouble

19 September 2012
SinoTrans Yangtze Shipping, the largest barge operator on the Yangtze, is suffering financial difficulty in common with the leading state-owned shipping lines, Cosco and China Shipping....

Surge in number of logistics parks

19 September 2012
The huge growth in the number of logistics parks in China is underlined in an industrial survey compiled by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing and the China Society of Logistics. The survey revealed that 754...

Hefei-Bengbu railway to open in October

19 September 2012
The Hefei-Bengbu passenger railway began trial trail operation on 12 September and full services are due to start in mid-October....

16 trapped in expressway tunnel collapse

19 September 2012
Sixteen people were trapped after a tunnel along the Daqing-Guangzhou expressway collapsed on 16 September....

Unilever invests in Sichuan

19 September 2012
Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch multinational, is to set up a new production base in Meishan, Sichuan province....

Chenglingji to become regional transport hub

12 September 2012
Hunan provincial government has stated its commitment to build Chenglingji terminal, part of Yueyang port, into a regional transport hub....

Four vessels collide in Nanjing, three missing

12 September 2012
Four vessels collided in the Nanjing section of the Yangtze at around 11:15pm on 6 September, causing one of them to capsize....

Three Gorges reduces water discharge rate

12 September 2012
The Three Gorges Dam has started to gradually reduce its rate of water discharge from 19,000 cubic metres per second to 8,000 cubic metres per second at the end of October. The China Three Gorges Project Corporation said t...

Shanghai-Nantong Railway to start construction this year

12 September 2012
The Ministry of Railways, the municipal government of Shanghai and Jiangsu provincial government have agreed on a plan to build the Shanghai-Nantong railway, with construction likely to start by the end of this year, accordin...

Chongqing-Amsterdam air cargo service begins

12 September 2012
Air China Cargo started services on 10 September between Shanghai and Amsterdam via Chongqing....

Yuyi expressway to open in June 2013

12 September 2012
Phase two construction of the Wushan section of Chongqing-Yichang (Yuyi) expressway is expected to be completed at the end of 2012, according to a Chongqing municipal government website....

Iron ore imports rise in August

12 September 2012
China, the world's largest steel maker, imported 62.45m tonnes of iron ore and concentrate in August, a growth of 7.9 per cent from July and 5.7 per cent year-on-year, according to statistics released by the General Administr...

River investment up by one-third in first half-year

5 September 2012
Fixed assets investment in China’s road and waterway networks in the first half of 2012 totalled Rmb549bn, a fall of 6.2 per cent year-on-year, Shipping Gazette reported....

July container volume down on previous month

5 September 2012
Chinese ports lifted a total of 15.1m TEU in July, up 3.8 per cent year-on-year, but down 3.7 per cent on June, according to Ministry of Transport figures....

Yang Chuantang appointed transport minister

5 September 2012
The standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress has appointed Yang Chuantang as minister of transport, replacing Li Shenglin. Mr Yang, 58, has served as the ministry’s Communist Party chief s...

Lufthansa Cargo sets up Chongqing office

5 September 2012
Lufthansa Cargo has set up a representative office in Chongqing, according to the municipal government port office....

Sharp fall in profits at Changan

5 September 2012
Chongqing Changan Automobile posted a 45 per cent year-on-year fall in net profits to Rmb570m in the first half of 2012 amid a slowing auto market. Its operating revenue fell 3.4 per cent to Rmb14.04bn....

Yangtze digital map poised to start trial

5 September 2012
A trial run of the Yangtze digital map has been scheduled to start on 1 October, a regulatory workshop was told on 30 August....

Yangtze cargo throughput up 11.3 per cent in August

5 September 2012
Official statistics show that throughput of general cargo along the Yangtze trunkline increased by 11.3 per cent year-on-year to 147m tons in August....

Nantong port sees 30% increase in very large vessels

5 September 2012
Statistics from Nantong Maritime Safety Authorities show that Nantong port received 883 very large vessels during the first eight months of this year, up nearly 30 per cent year-on-year....

Nanjing forces civil servants to take annual leave

5 September 2012
Nanjing government issued a circular at the end of last month that urges all senior officials and civil servants to take their full annual leave entitlement....
     
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