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March 2013

Wuhan launches new Yangshan services

27 March 2013
Wuhan New Port Authorities have announced the start of a new six-days-a-week Yangshan service from 26 March. Container barges will depart Wuhan Yangluo every day except Sunday on a direct route to Shanghai Yangshan....

Normal traffic restored at Three Gorges shiplocks

27 March 2013
The 20-day repair project on the northern shiplocks at the Three Gorges Dam was completed by 20 March and traffic returned to normal the following day, according to the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Trans...

Zhangjiagang sees rapid growth in chrysanthemum exports

27 March 2013
Reports from Zhangjiagang Inspection and Quarantine Bureau say that they have just inspected and approved of 43,000 chrysanthemums bound for Japan....

Survey reveals large decline in river numbers

27 March 2013
A major survey on China’s water resources revealed that the number of rivers with a catchment area of at least 100 sq km was less than half the total estimated 60 years ago. The Ministry of Water Resources’ fir...

Anhui to build three more Yangtze bridges

27 March 2013
The provincial government of Anhui said that construction will start in 2013 on three bridges crossing the Yangtze River....

China launches crackdown on freight vehicles

27 March 2013
The Ministry of Public Security has announced that a six-month safety crackdown on vehicles used to transport freight will begin on 1 April. The ministry, reported Xinhua, is urging police departments to focus on specific...

Government will continue to set railway prices, says official

27 March 2013
The Chinese government will continue to set railway rates for freight and passenger transport, according to a senior official from the National Development and Reform Commission. Cao Changqing, head of the NDRC’s pri...

DSM to build third plant in Nanjing

27 March 2013
Netherlands-based DSM is building a third caprolactam plant in Nanjing, according to fibre2fashion, with commercial production expected to begin in September 2013. A DSM Nanjing official told the website that the plant is...

Kawasaki Steel establishes Chongqing plant

27 March 2013
Kawasaki Steel’s JFE Container has teamed up with Itochu to invest US$56m in Chongqing’s Changshou ETDZ to build a steel container plant, according to local media. JFE Container is a major international supplie...

Varroc sets up third plant in China

27 March 2013
India’s Varroc Group has chosen Chongqing as the location for its third automotive lighting plant in China....

Tang calls for more investment in green Yangtze shipping

20 March 2013
Tang Guanjun, director of the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport, told the National People’s Congress that the modernisation programme of the Yangtze has served the local economies well over th...

25 vessels win Yangtze trustworthy awards

20 March 2013
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities announced that 25 vessels have been awarded 2012 Trustworthy Awards....

Water level drops 11m in Three Gorges

20 March 2013
The water level in the Chongqing section of the Yangtze River has continued to fall in recent months, and that of the Three Gorges has dropped more than 11 metres....

Nanfu expressway to open in 2013

20 March 2013
The 55km-long Nanchuan-Fuling expressway is expected to open to traffic in 2013, according to Chongqing Municipal Commission of Transport....

Rail freight prices likely to increase

20 March 2013
The dismantling of the Ministry of Railways could lead to train travel becoming more expensive than flying, according to a senior engineer at this year’s session of the National People's Congress. Wang Mengshu, deput...

Chizhou-Shanghai express train service begins

20 March 2013
An express passenger train between Chizhou, Anhui province, and Shanghai, was due to start on 20 March, Tongling Railway Station announced. The train departs from Chizhou at 9.25am and arrives in Shanghai at 4.32pm, with s...

InvestHK to set up Wuhan office

20 March 2013
The government agency of Hong Kong SAR, InvestHK, is to set up a liaison office by the end of this year, according to Wuhan Reform and Development Commission....

Wuhan finalises plan for airport metro line

20 March 2013
A plan to build Wuhan’s airport metro line has at last been finalised, according to Wuhan Reform and Development Commission....

Jialing completes relocation

20 March 2013
Jialing Group has started production at its new plant in Chongqing, thereby completing the fourth relocation in its 138-year history. The new plant in Bishan Industrial Park will produce special vehicles, motorcycles and s...

Masterplan for Nanjing waterfront

20 March 2013
British design and engineering firm Atkins has produced a landscape masterplan for the development of 30km of prime waterfront in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province....

Bonded zone approved in Nantong

20 March 2013
The State Council has approved the upgrade of Nantong Export Processing Zone to a national comprehensive bonded zone, reported China Daily....

MOT cracks down on non-compliant new vessels

13 March 2013
From 1 April this year, all new vessels on the Yangtze River and other inland waterways need to comply with government-approved specifications, according to a new rule issued by the Ministry of Transport....

Wuhan launches daily Yangshan shuttle service

13 March 2013
An upgraded shuttle service between Yangluo and Yangshan, dubbed the ‘Daily Yangshan’, will be launched on 26 March, according Liu Liping, general manager of China Shipping Wuhan....

Taicang posts strong growth

13 March 2013
Taicang terminal, part of Suzhou port, reported a total container throughput of 4.01m TEU in 2012, a growth of 39 per cent year-on-year....

Zhangjiagang starts first international car ro-ro service

13 March 2013
Zhangjiagang port in Jiangsu province has started a car ro-ro service to Brazil, its first international car ro-ro route....

Railway ministry break-up confirmed

13 March 2013
China’s central government has confirmed that it plans to break up the Ministry of Railways into administrative and commercial arms to reduce bureaucracy and improve railway services. The existing ministry, which is...

10% growth for Chongqing rail centre

13 March 2013
Chongqing Railway Container Centre realised a handling capacity of 273,300 TEU in 2012, an increase of 9.6 per cent year-on-year, spurred by the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe Railway, according to Chongqing Municipal Commission o...

Wuhan aims for 12% GDP growth this year

13 March 2013
Wuhan is targeting a GDP growth rate of 12 per cent this year and 10 per cent growth in export value, according the city’s 2013 development plan issued on 11 March by Wuhan Development and Reform Commission. Wuhan ac...

DPCA posts 37% increase in Jan-Feb sales

13 March 2013
Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile reported a total sales volume of 93,666 cars during the first two months of 2013, up 37 per cent over the same period last year....

Drought persists in Yunnan

13 March 2013
About 5m people in southwest China’s Yunnan province have been affected by a severe drought that has persisted over recent months, provincial authorities said. More than 1.43m people and 796,000 heads of livestock la...

ZF sets up transmission JV in Chongqing

13 March 2013
The German auto parts company ZF Friedrichshafen has established a joint venture in Chongqing’s Yubei district with Baotou Beiben Heavy-Duty Truck....

Hitachi Chemical starts Nantong operations

13 March 2013
The subsidiary of Hitachi Chemical in Nantong, Jiangsu province, has started operation as a manufacturing base for functional resin and chemical materials....

Yangtze container throughput dips in February

6 March 2013
The latest official statistics show that throughput of general cargo on the Yangtze River in February was up 3 per cent year-on-year to 132m tons, but container throughput fell 1.6 per cent to 810,000 TEU....

Chongqing throughput to reach 1m TEU this year

6 March 2013
The Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport said that throughput of general cargo in Chongqing is expected to stand at 135m tons this year, compared with 124.7m tons in 2012; container throughput will rea...

Controlled shipping at Three Gorges shiplocks

6 March 2013
A 20-day maintenance repair of the northern shiplocks at the Three Gorges Dam started at 8.00am on 2 March, triggering a raft of measures from the Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs designed to minimise the i...

Media predict MOR merger with MOT

6 March 2013
The National People’s Congress, which opened on Tuesday 5 March, has stirred up media speculation once again that the Ministry of Railways is likely to be merged with the Ministry of Transport....

Work starts on Shanghai-Nantong railway

6 March 2013
Construction has started on a railway line between Shanghai and Nantong, Jiangsu province, reported Shanghai Daily. The 137km line will mark the completion of a railway system running north and south that connects the coas...

Air cargo volumes shift inland

6 March 2013
The shift of manufacturing investment from coastal to inland China is contributing to new air services and is directly impacting freight patterns, according to a report by the market intelligence company the Centre for Aviati...

Wuhan starts direct flight to Kuala Lumpur in April

6 March 2013
Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, will start direct twice-weekly flights to Kuala Lumpur from 4 April, according to a report from the Wuhan Reform and Development Commission....

Wuhan on track to become auto giant

6 March 2013
A report from Wuhan Reform and Development Commission revealed that construction of the General Motors Auto Industry Zone is on target and that the assembly line will start initial production in June 2014....
     
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