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2nd Phase Yangtze-River Deep Waterway Project Starts

2015-07-09 10:08:21

 

The 2nd phase construction project for Yangtze River’s 12.5-meter-deep waterway in Nanjing downstream section started in Zhenjiang on Jun 29. One year later, the waterway will link to Nanjing, namely 50,000-ton-class ocean ships can directly arrive at Nanjing Port, and ocean ships with capacities of 100,000 tons and above can also reach the port after load reduction in Yangtze River’s high-tide period. 

 

 

After the project’s full completion in 2019, Nanjing Port will achieve its substantial transformation from an inland river port to an ocean port, and the important gateway position of Nanjing, as an international large ocean-river transition port and a city in the Yangtze River Delta region driving the development of China’s central and western regions, will be further highlighted. 

 

 

The construction project for Yangtze River’s 12.5-meter-deep waterway in Nanjing downstream section is a key project to implement China’s strategic requirements of the "Silk Road Economic Belt" and "21st-Century Maritime Silk Road Initiatives", and to build the Yangtze-River economic belt and construct the Yangtze-River golden waterway. The 280-kilometer-long deep waterway project stretches from Taicang to Nanjing, along which the 1st phase project already entered trial operation stage after its completion and acceptance in July 2014, the 2nd phase 12.5-meter-deep waterway project to reach Nanjing is scheduled to be preliminarily completed in July 2016, and the whole project is scheduled to be completed in 2019. 

    

After the completion of Yangtze River’s 12.5-meter-deep waterway in Nanjing downstream section, the waterway’s passing through capacity will be increased by over 50 percent, and the increase of ships’ actual loading ratio can achieve an annual fuel consumption reduction of 216,000 tons and a carbon emission reduction of 650,000 tons, according to the estimation of a staff from the Ministry of Transport of China. (Editor: Joanna Zou) 

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