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May 2014

Zhenjiang posts 7.5% rise in foreign trade cargo

28 May 2014
The Yangtze River port of Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province posted a 7.5 per cent year-on-year increase in foreign trade cargo volume to 8.9m in the first four months of this year....

China to streamline Yangtze customs clearance

28 May 2014
Measures enabling speedier customs clearance in Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone look set to be introduced to other customs points along the Yangtze River, reported Xinhua....

Another earthquake recorded near Three Gorges

28 May 2014
The Three Gorges hydropower station was reported to be operating normally after a 3.4 magnitude tremor hit Zigui county in Hubei province early on the morning of 26 May....

Surge in Chongqing laptop output

28 May 2014
According to the Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission on Monday, Chongqing assembled 18.17m laptops in the first four months of 2014, up 20 per cent over the previous year, of which 16.48m were exported....

Wuhan-Osaka flights to start in July

28 May 2014
The first direct air route between Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, and the western Japanese commercial city of Osaka will open on 18 July, said Spring Airlines. The service will operate four times a week, according to Sp...

Landslide risk high near Chongqing Fengdu

28 May 2014
A group of security experts were dispatched last week by the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport to inspect a massive crack on the right bank of the Yangtze near Fengdu district, Chongqing....

State Council starts work on alternative to Three Gorges shiplocks

28 May 2014
China Water Transport News reported on 28 May that the State Council has started work to find a viable shipping alternative to the shiplocks in the Three Gorges Dam....

First LNG container barge wins safety approval

28 May 2014
Wang Shiming, deputy director of Jiangsu Maritime Safety Authorities, announced on 27 May that China’s first liquefied natural gas-powered vessel has been approved by the Ministry of Transport and that it will start its...

Taicang officials investigate factory rejects

28 May 2014
China Inspection and Quarantine officials visited a Taicang textile manufacturer earlier this month to investigate a consignment of goods that had been rejected by the one of the factory’s clients in Japan....

LNG bunkering station opens on Yangtze

21 May 2014
The first liquefied natural gas bunkering station on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River has opened in the city of Yidu in Hubei province, SinoShip News reported. The station has a daily capacity of 135,000 cubic metres...

Three Gorges shiplocks cargo hits all-time high in April

21 May 2014
The amount of cargo passing through the Three Gorges Dam shiplocks totalled an all-time monthly high of 10.33m tonnes in April....

San Francisco-Chengdu flights to start 11 June

21 May 2014
United Airlines is to start services between Chengdu and San Francisco from 11 June, becoming the first carrier to start direct flights between the US and China’s southwest....

Chongqing-Europe train frequency set to increase

21 May 2014
The number of freight trains expected to run on the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe railway will be increased to two or three daily by 2015, according to Dong Jianguo, vice secretary of Chongqing municipal government. The 11,000...

HK tycoon elected honorary head of Yangtze chamber

21 May 2014
Li Ka-shing of Cheung Kong was elected on 20 May as one of three honorary directors of the newly formed Yangtze International Chamber of Commerce....

Timber reserves base for northeast China

14 May 2014
Construction has started on China’s first timber reserves base on the border between China and Russia, according to SinoShip News. The Rmb2bn project, invested by China Forestry Group Corporation, will occupy 335,000...

Chongqing-Helsinki service to become daily

14 May 2014
The frequency of flights between Helsinki and Chongqing is to be increased to six a week by next year and daily by 2016, according to Finnair....

Direct air route between Taiwan and Yichang

14 May 2014
A direct air service has started between Taiwan’s Taichung and the Yangtze port city of Yichang in Hubei province. The Airbus 320 flight is operated by Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways....

Lightening requirement concludes in middle reaches

14 May 2014
Yichang Maritime Authorities have ended their lightening efforts as the water level in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River has continued to rise since the beginning of May....

Guizhou to connect Wu River with Yangtze by year end

14 May 2014
Guizhou province, one of 11 provinces and municipalities included in the central government’s strategy for a Yangtze Economic Belt, is investing Rmb2bn in the Wu River this year with the completion of a major dredging p...

Jiangxi to invest Rmb2.5bn in Nanchang port

14 May 2014
Jiangxi Provincial Commission for Reform and Development announced on 9 May that the provincial government is to invest more than Rmb2.5bn in developing Nanchang port located on the Gan River, a major tributary of the Yangtze...

Gan River to accommodate 2,000dwt vessels

7 May 2014
One of the Yangtze’s major tributaries, the Gan River in Jiangxi province, will see the completion of its largest dredging project on the 175km Nanchang-Hukou section by the end of this year, according to provincial tra...

Wuhan New Port FTZ likely to be approved by year end

7 May 2014
The application for the creation of Wuhan New Port Free Trade Zone is likely to receive approval by the end of this year, a Wuhan government work conference was told on 4 May....

Maritime litigation soars

7 May 2014
Statistics from Wuhan Maritime Court show that litigation has more than doubled in the last three years, reflecting the continuing impact on the maritime industry of the worldwide economic crisis that began in 2008....

Shift in Chongqing freight to waterways

7 May 2014
Chongqing posted a year-on-year 6.2 per cent increase in import and export container volume to 137,000 TEU in the first quarter of 2014, reported Xinhua....

Wuhu FDI increases 20% in first quarter

7 May 2014
The city of Wuhu in Anhui province attracted US$458m of utilised foreign investment in the first quarter of 2014, up 20.3 per cent year-on-year....

Yangtze tunnel collapse kills six

7 May 2014
Six workers were killed and two others slightly injured after a collapse in a tunnel under construction in the eastern province of Anhui on 3 May, local authorities said. The accident happened shortly after midnight in a t...

Chongqing completes helicopter assembly line

7 May 2014
Chongqing has finished building a helicopter assembly line and production will start in mid May with an annual capacity of fifty....
     
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