During the Shanghai World Expo next year, the transport of dangerous freight will be restricted on the Huangpu River during the Shanghai World Expo next year to prevent accidents.
The Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration has said that shipping traffic on the Huangpu River would follow special rules during the six months of the Expo, when more than 100,000 visitors are expected to cross the river by ferry every day.
Maritime officials said they had compiled a draft package of special shipping rules for the Expo and were currently seeking opinions from other water traffic departments and shipping operators to ensure it is effective and feasible.
Officials said freighters carrying fuel products will be restricted to between 5am and 8am every day. Currently, they are allowed on the river during daytime.
The transport authority will have 35 ferry boats, each with a capacity of 500 people, running between the Expo zones on both sides of the river. The ferries will start operation at about 8am.
Shanghai Daily reported the authorities as saying up to 20.86 million tons of dangerous cargo was transported on local rivers during the first six months of this year, an increase of 1.1% from a year earlier.