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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 the past five years but that further investment is needed to make this green mode of transport more efficient.

Mr Tang said that throughput of general cargo increased by 75 per cent from 1.03bn tons in 2007 to 1.8bn tons in 2012, the number of 10,000 dwt berths increased by 166 to a total of 421 across the length of the river and the number of ports with a total throughput of general cargo exceeding 100m tons rose from four in 2007 to 10 in 2012.

He also said that the Yangtze carried 85 per cent of coal, 83 per cent of iron ore and 90 per cent of foreign-trade related cargo for the local economies along the river’s banks.

The National People’s Congress ended on 18 March.

     
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