The world’s busiest river is destined to become a ‘golden waterway’ for cargo transport thanks to deeper channels, less risky waterways, night sailing and build-up of cargo facilities along the coast line.
The cargo volume along the river exceeded 1.1 billion tonnes last year. Zhu Jianhua, deputy head of the Shanghai Port Authority said the cargo volume is expected to hit 1.3 billion tonnes by 2010.
Hu Jianhua said, ‘Deepening the lower reach, smoothening the middle reach and extending the upper reach has been the principle aim of the plan to develop Yangtze navigation.’
According to a five-year plan drafted by the Yangtze Estuary Waterway Bureau, the goal is to have a 12.5m draught at the estuary by the end of the third phase in 2012. The initial plan is to extend the 12.5m water depth to Taicang port in Jiangsu province, to enable large ocean liners to anchor during high tide.
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Source: CargoNews Asia