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Shanghai to increase container port traffic by four per cent


Shanghai is aiming to increase container port traffic by four per cent by 2015 from last year's level as it seeks to maintain its role as one of the world's leading ports when growth is being affected by slowing trade, Xinhua reports.
Shanghai port expects annual container throughput to reach 33 million TEU by 2015, up from last year's 31.74 million TEU, already the world's highest, according to the city's first five-year plan for the shipping industry, released last week.
The State Council, China's Cabinet, gave Shanghai guidelines in 2009 aimed at accelerating the city's development as a major financial and shipping centre by 2020, and the new plan outlines some tasks for the city to complete by 2015.
For example, the city aims to become an international cruise base with 500 arrivals and departures by then and create a market for secondhand vessels with an annual turnover of CNY10 billion (US$1.58 billion).
Chang Fuzhi, deputy director of the Shanghai Maritime Bureau, said authorities expect to make breakthroughs this year in developing a ship registration system in the Yangshan Deep-water Port, which will help Chinese liners better compete with international shippers.
Fewer than five per cent of the ships entering or leaving the city's ports on international routes were under the Chinese flag in 2011, Mr Chang said.
Zhang Lin, vice director of the Shanghai Transport and Port Authority, said one of the city's efforts in the period through 2015 was to enhance the capacity of inland waterways connecting Shanghai's ports and neighbouring areas in the Yangtze River Delta region to reduce the use of road traffic.
"If you've been to Waigaoqiao [port area], you'd find the traffic congestion there is nothing better than that in downtown," he said, adding that the problem must be addressed to allow Shanghai's ports to develop.
About 42 per cent of Shanghai port cargo is now shipped via waterways rather than by road or rail. The city aims to raise that to 45 per cent by 2015.

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