Box volumes on China's Yangtze River rise 5.3pc in H1 to 9.4m TEU
MAJOR ports located along China's Yangtze river collectively handled 1
MAJOR ports located along China's Yangtze river collectively handled 1.5 billion tonnes of cargo in the first half of the year, an increase of eight per cent compared to the same period in 2018.
China's heavy investment to smooth out the deep-water channel of the lower stream of the river has led to a 5.3 per cent increase in container traffic along the Yangtze in the first six months of the year, to stand at 9.4 million TEU, Xinhua reported.
Cargo volumes via the five-tier ship lock at the Three Gorges Dam in the upper stream of the Yangtze were up 8.2 per cent over this period to 73.17 million tonnes.
Yangtze River Administration of Navigational Affairs director Tang Guanjun said the administration approved a record CNY4.05 billion (US$599.4 million) of fixed asset investment on 113 construction projects in H1 to facilitate shipping on the river.
The administration has applied an electronic channel map for navigation of the entire river and introduced unmanned survey ships, drones and electric dredgers to safeguard the river's shipping.