International Dredging Review

International Dredging Review

Yangtze River Ports 2006
Alain Charles Publishing 144 pages

Greater co-operation and co-ordination at both local and central levels is key to the modernization of the Yangtze River as a shipping channel says a leading official from China’s Ministry of Communications in Yangtze River Ports 2006.

Huang Qiang Communist Party Secretary of the Yangtze River Administration of Navigational Affairs adds that the ongoing development program for the Yangtze the world’s most important cargo-carrying river will determine the success of Beijing’s “go west” policy which aims to speed up economic development in China’s interior and arrest the growing divide between its eastern coastal provinces and the central and western provinces inland. A modernized Yangtze “will make a greater contribution to the sustained economic development of the Yangtze region and far beyond” he writes.

This is the first in-depth business book devoted to the Yangtze which flows through several of China’s most important industrial cities – including Chongqing Wuhan and Nanjing – before reaching Shanghai. It charts the fast-growing importance of the world’s third-longest river whose traffic levels are growing at a rate of more than 25 per cent a year. Cargo volumes more than doubled between 2001 and 2005 from 310 million tons to 795 million tons. Container throughput is booming and leading ports such as Chongqing and Nanjing are investing heavily to increase their capacity and to improve efficiency. In 2005 the Yangtze’s 24 leading ports excluding Shanghai recorded a throughput of 2.6 million TEU’s (twenty-foot equivalent units) 3.8 times more than in 2000. This trend is set to continue in the future. According to official forecasts throughput will reach 6.5 million TEU’s by 2010 and 10 million TEU’s by 2020.

These growth levels are partly a result of increased investment. The Ministry of Communications has spent increased sums on areas such as dredging vessel standardization and technology while the ports themselves have been investing in infrastructure and improving their connections to the local road and rail networks. Foreign companies are increasingly visible especially in port management and in the supply of technology and equipment. In addition the raised water levels in much of the upper reaches of the river due to the Three Gorges Dam have eased navigation in what used to be a treacherous stretch for shipping characterized by shoals and rapids.

However major challenges remain. For example the locks of the Three Gorges Dam are a major bottleneck for shipping and the dam itself is creating new and uncharted patterns of silting further downstream. Add to this the 45 low bridges across the river and the shortage of funds available to improve port infrastructure and material handling equipment and it is not surprising that the cargo-carrying potential of the river is considerably under-utilized. At the moment nearly 80 per cent of shipping activities on the Yangtze are concentrated in the section between Shanghai and Nanjing while less than 20 per cent of the entire river’s navigable capacity is being exploited.

Yangtze River Ports 2006 is an important guide for shipping industry and logistics professionals. It is also useful to foreign manufacturers enabling them to assess the potential benefits and pitfalls involved in moving their plants inland. The book analyzes government plans and their impact changes to the waterway port infrastructure and investment rules that are transforming the nature of shipping on the Yangtze. Investment opportunities and challenges are analyzed in detail.

About the Book

Published by Alain Charles Publishing London. Orders: or by phone: +44 20 7834 7676.

The book is in English and Chinese and includes includes maps charts and data on all the leading ports. It is researched written and edited by experts in the field of China business and shipping and includes information about the ports secured through the co-operation of the Yangtze River Ports Association.


Chapter 1. Why developing the Yangtze has become a top priority

Chapter 2. Shipping on the Yangtze

Chapter 3. The logistics challenges

Chapter 4. Dredging and river safety

Chapter 5. The Three Gorges

Chapter 6. Investment opportunities

Chapter 7. Shanghai and Yangshan Bonded Terminals

Chapter 8. Rules regulations customs and port authorities

Chapter 9. Profiles of government bodies

Port profiles: Detailed information on each of the Yangtze’s 24 leading ports from Luzhou in the west to Taicang in the east. These profiles cover a wealth of information about the ports including future investment and purchasing plans plus background information on each city its economy leading businesses and transportation network.

About the publishers

Alain Charles Publishing was the first Western publisher to establish a representative office in China in 1991 and at the end of 2006 published the 10th edition of China Business Handbook a business and travel guide to the China market. Based in London ACP has been a publisher of international business titles for more than 40 years. Its publications include Communications Africa African Review of Business and Technology Far Eastern Agriculture Technical Review Middle East Oil Review Middle East and Africa and Middle East Textiles. Contact in the U.K.: David Lammie editor: +44 20 7834 7676; email In China: Zhang Tingting: +86 13916973734