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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 transport officials. This will double the river’s capacity by allowing 2,000dwt vessels to sail.

A blueprint is being finalised to develop Nanchang, the provincial capital, as a port city. The development of Nanchang New Port will pick up speed following a special State Council meeting hosted by Premier Li Keqiang last month in Chongqing. According to the blueprint, Nanchang port will have six terminals handling containers, building materials and passengers.

Provincial transport authorities said that, by 2015, a total of 637km of the waterway within Jiangxi will be able to accommodate 1,000dwt vessels, allowing them to sail directly from the Gan River to the Yangtze.

Jiujiang, Jiangxi’s only major port on the Yangtze, is more than 90 per cent owned by Shanghai International Port Group and accounts for the majority of container traffic volumes in the province. According to the provincial government’s plan, Jiujiang will have 11 terminals and will co-ordinate its development with that of Nanchang.

Jiangxi also boasts the country’s largest freshwater lake, Poyang, where the authorities plan a cluster of feeder ports.

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