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Shandong section of Grand Canal to operate all year round

25 June 2014
A dredging project has allowed the Shandong section of the Grand Canal to operate all year round. The 800km section beginning in Jining, Shandong province, can now accommodate vessels with a water draught of two metres and should realise a total annual cargo volume of 200m tons, according to China Water Transport News.

The section, comprising the Huaiyang, Jiangnan and Zhedong canals, is the oldest in history, dating back 2,500 years. It was built initially to ferry coal from north to south and rice in the opposite direction, and served for centuries as the most important north-south transport artery. The Grand Canal from Beijing to Hangzhou subsequently extended and straightened the route, becoming the world’s longest canal network.

The 3,200km Grand Canal connects the Yangtze, the Yellow, Haihhe, Huaihe and Qiangtangjiang rivers and 35 major cities in Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Henan, Shandong, Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

In another development in Shandong, an 11-year dredging project of the Zhushui River, should be completed by end of this month, allowing 1,000dwt vessels to sail all year round. The project includes thirteen 1,000dwt berths for loading and unloading.

     
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