Yangluo port to handle 260,000 TEUs by 2020 by Muhammad Zamir Asadi

Yangluo port to handle 260,000 TEUs by 2020

Wuhan, June 18: The capacity of Wuahn Yangluo port in the middle reaches of Yangtze river is expected to surpass 260,000 TEUs by 2020 after the active implementation of One Belt One Road strategy of sea routes connectivity.
In a briefing to the journalists of South Asian and South East Asian countries, Zhang Song, manager of the operation department of Wuhan International Container Co. Ltd said that Yangluo port has emerged as shipping hub in the upper region of the Yangtze river in the last five years.
The Yangluo port of Wuhan is closely linked to China policy to promote the “Yangtze River Economic Belt”, said Zhang Song.
The logistic center of the port occupies a total of 2,877 Mu (Mu=666.66 square meters) with a designation and construction period of five years. It is located in Wuhan Newport Yangluo port.
While talking about the development of Wuhan into a major shipping center, the provincial government approved comprehensive plan in the mid of year 2012.
The plan included significant dredging projects to accommodate 5,000 dwt ships to sail upstream of Wuhan Yangtze Bridge and 10,000 dwt ships to sail downstream, said Zhang.
Provincial authorities have always been planning to strengthen the city’s credentials as the major transport hub on the middle reaches of the Yangtze river.
Besides the general business of operating and managing container ports, CIG Yangtze Ports PLC, has developed a breakbulk berth in Wuhan, told Zhang.
He also added that Yangluo port managed to handle 415,000 TEUs in 2016 as compared to 5,000 in 2015.
Zhang also noted that wharf of Yangluo Port is equipped with inspection and quarantine machine that can detect illegal goods, such as prohibited drugs, inside the container.
”I think that is one of our main advantage. We need this kind of equipment because our port can accommodate 10,000 loaded and 15,000 empty containers,” he said.
The Port covers 30 zones in five cities of Wuhan, Huanggang, Ezhou, Xianning and Huangshi, with an ambitious target of increasing its handling capacity to 500 million tons a year by 2025.
In 2014, port became the first inland port in the upper and middle streams of the Yangtze River to have handled more than 1 million TEUs.
More than RMB26 billion (USD3.7 billion) was allocated in 2015 to increase the port’s production berths to 692 that can accommodate more than 1,700 vessels with a berthing capacity of 10,000 tons.
At present, vessels with a berthing capacity of 4,000 tons are using Yangtze river to transport cargoes from this Port to the Shanghai Yangshan Harbor where containers are being transferred to international ocean liners.