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Anqing completes largest ever container vessel  

24 April 2013
A 1,000 TEU vessel built by Anqing Congyang Oriental Shipyard was recently escorted out of Anhui waters by three experienced pilots, according to Yangtze Maritime Safety Authorities, which are in charge of the piloting centre.

The vessel, named Xinhuayuan, is 159.6 metres long and 13.6 metres wide with a gross tonnage of 13,745 tons, net tonnage of 7,697 tons and deadweight tonnage of 21,524 tons. It is designed to carry 1,000 standard containers. This is the largest ever vessel that an Anqing shipyard has built. The identity of the owner was not made clear.

Anhui provincial government has pledged to invest in major dredging projects to increase the water depth by the end of the current 12th five-year plan. Dredging projects, traditionally funded by the central government, have recently attracted a lot of local government attention as they improve the quality of waterway and thereby help local industries.

According to its plan, Anhui provincial government has set aside Rmb10bn for modernising its ports and carrying out major dredging projects in the current five-year period. By 2015, 10,000dwt vessels should be able to sail in Anhui waters all year round. Currently, such vessels cannot pass the Nanjing No.1 Yangtze Bridge.

The province boasts five major ports on the Yangtze trunkline: Anqing, Chizhou, Tongling, Wuhu and Maanshan.

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