[photopress:Tianjin_port_1.jpg,full,alignright]The reclamation at Tianjin’s Dongjiang port is for a land belt 10km long and 3km wide forthe construction of berths.
According to Yu Rumin, general manager of the Tianjin Port Group’s Customs and quarantine facilities the first batch of six container berths with a draught of 18m will be completed at Dongjiang, will be completed by the end of 2007. As will the first phase of the logistic processing zone, covering four sq km.
The six berths, run by a joint venture of Tianjin Port and PSA of Singapore and costing 871.5 million, will have a capacity of four million TEUs a year.
The current bonded port and zone will become the Dongjiang Free Port and the Tianjin Free Trade Zone, according to a blueprint drawn up by the Tianjin municipal authority. Together with Tianjin Port, the area will be the core of the Binhai New Area, identical to the Pudong New Area in Shanghai.
Yu Rumin said, ‘The Dongjiang Free Port will be a pioneer project for China in supply chain management.’
The bonded zone’s director, Feng Zhijiang, said the zone would consolidate its role as an international supply chain centre and serve Northeast Asia. A trade and financial centre will be built at the zone to facilitate exports and imports for central and western China. The zone will also comprise an aviation industrial park, an airport bonded zone, and a free-trade logistics park.
Source: Cargonews Asia
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