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Container throughput of Ningbo section of Hangzhou-Ningbo Canal hits historical high

On January 2, it was learned from Zhenhai Maritime Safety Department that the cumulative container throughput of the Ningbo section of the Hangzhou-Ningbo Canal in 2023 reached a new historical high of 9,192 TEUs, with a year-on-year increase of over 15%.

To be specific, there were 232 upstream ships from Zhenhai District to Shaoxing, a year-on-year increase of 31.8%, with quartz sand as the main type of cargo. There were 222 downward ships from Shaoxing to Zhenhai District, a year-on-year increase of 15.6%.

Compared with traditional land transportation, inland river container transportation has many advantages, such as large volume, good economy, high loading and unloading rate, less cargo loss, and high transportation security. With the continuous release of tax and fee reduction policies by departments concerned, the cost of inland river container ships has been reduced, and their economical advantages have become more apparent. The number of both ships and terminals participating in inland river operations has increased.

In July last year, the second channel of the Hangzhou section of the Grand Canal was opened, and ships with a capacity of 1,000 tons could directly transport goods to Hangzhou through the Qiantang River. As a result, the waterways in northern, eastern, and central western Zhejiang Province have been fully connected to form a high-grade inland waterway network, injecting new energy into the development of container transportation of the Hangzhou-Ningbo Canal.

The Zhenhai-Dongzhou inland river container route has been operating normally since December 1 last year. The opening of this route has once again extended the tentacles of the inland water transportation network to the mainland. So far, five voyages totaling 104 TEUs of goods have been completed. In the future, it will further attract domestic trade goods from such surrounding areas as Xiaoshan District and Fuyang District of Hangzhou to Ningbo.

In order to promote the high-quality development of shipping economy of the Hangzhou-Ningbo Canal, the maritime departments have provided advanced services to help shipping companies establish and improve internal management systems, and strengthen the dynamic scheduling and control of inland ships. Temporary berthing areas have been established for safe, honest, and well-managed ships, helping to promote the optimization of ship scheduling rules. On the basis of ensuring the seaworthiness of ships and the competence of crew members, it has effectively shortened ship inspection and berthing time, and thus improved the navigation efficiency of ships


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