Construction work on the first phase of Shanghai’s new deepwater port will begin in late March or early April, said Zhang Huimin, chief of the city’s construction bureau. Yangshan port will be built on two outlying islands where the sea depths are much deeper than the shallow approaches to Shanghai’s existing ports. The first phase costing Yn13bn will involve the construction of a 32km bridge and five terminal berths. Overseas companies are excluded from participating in the construction of the first phase, ostensibly because of the sensitivity of information relating to the sea area. However, foreign firms have been shortlisted for designing each of the project’s three phases.