Shanghai handled 5.89 million cargo containers in the first
quarter this year, an increase of 28.1 percent from a year before, ranking its
throughput second in the world after Singapore for the first time, Jiefang Daily
Singapore maintained its No. 1 position with throughput of 6.58 million
20-foot containers in the quarter, while the figure for Hong
Kong rose 2.3 percent to 5.50 million containers, the report said.
As the powerhouse of Shanghai's port industry, Yangshan Deep-Water Port
achieved record cargo throughput of 420,000 containers in March, up nearly 100
percent year on year. It handled 1.22 million containers in the first
three months of the year, the local port authority said yesterday.
The port achieved 145,000 containers of water-to-water transshipments in
March, accounting for 34.53 percent of its cargo throughput.
Altogether 563 ships docked at the port in March, including 181 vessels
sailing on major international sea routes.
The deep-water port is at the mouth of the Yangtze River, about 45 kilometers
from the Pudong International Airport. It is designed to have an annual handling
capacity of 25 million containers when the entire project is completed in 2020.
Shanghai will start to upgrade inner river services such as the
Hangzhou-Shanghai Line and Suzhou-Shanghai Outer Port Line this year, said Xu
Peixing, director of the Shanghai Municipal Port
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