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Box traffic at Shanghai may fall 14% this year

Shanghai: Container throughput at Shanghai port this year may drop 14% from 2008, Wang Hongquan, vice director of Shanghai Transport and Port Authority, said yesterday, reports China Daily. The city's container throughput in 2009 will be about 24m teu, according to a preliminary estimate by the port authority, lower than last year's 28m teu. Shanghai was the world's second-busiest container port in 2008, behind Singapore with 29.9m teu.

Container throughput in the first 11 months this year was 22.6m teu, down 12.28% from the same period last year, according to the statistics by Shanghai International Port Group. The port handled a total of 296m tons of dry bulk goods in the first 11 months, down 14% from a year ago.

Wang also said that Waigaoqiao Port will complete the conversion of its 180 cranes from diesel to electric power by the end of the year to reduce emissions.  [30/12/09]

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