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Taicang welcomes Japanese link

Taicang welcomes Japanese link

Suzhou: Taicang Internationals Container Terminals Limited successfully handled the maiden call by Japanese shipping line, Shanghai Shimonoseki Ferry Co. The Utopia 2 arrived at Taicang Terminals at 1700 on September 5th on its inaugural vessel call, and left at 0300 September 6th. This is a weekly service between the southwestern Japanese port of Shimonoseki and the Yangtze River delta. The weekly link onboard the 184.5m ship will arrive at Taicang every Tuesday and leave the next day. Taicang Terminals - a joint venture majority controlled and managed by Modern Terminals of Hong Kong - is a deepwater port, strategically located on the doorstep of the booming Suzhou catchment area in the heart of the Yangtze River delta. Other Taicang Terminals shareholders include COSCO and the Suzhou Port Development Group. In the first eight months of 2006, Taicang Terminals handled 1.9 million tons of bulk cargo and over 400,000 TEUs, with a 110% increase than the same period of last year. The volume growth in Taicang Terminals over the past two years has exceeded 100% making it one of the five fastest growing container ports in China. As well as this new Japan link, Taicang Terminals already boasts fixed services to Taiwan, Southeast Asia and Vostochny in Russia's Far East. The port also has four services to China's south for domestic trade plus 14 barging services to Yangshan.   [06/09/06]

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