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China adding four VLOC berths

China’s Ministry of Transport and National Development and Reform Commission jointly issued notice on the approval of four 400,000 tonne very large ore carrier (VLOC) berths.

The four berths, including the first phase project of ore berth at Yantai Xigang port area, Lanqiao (Landbridge) ore berth at Rizhao Lanshan port area, ore berth at Rizhao steel base and No.1 ore berth at Ningde Sanduao port area, have been approved to handle 400,000 tonnes-class VLOCs.

The notice also mentioned that, considering the regional transportation demands and national iron and steel industry layout, Zhanjiang port, Lianyungang port and Meizhouwan port area are also planning to add one berth of each.

Three major ports in Shandong province, Qingdao port, Yantai port and Rizhao port will all be able to handle VLOC after receiving the newly issued approval.

Currently, China has seven berths at Dalian port, Tangshan port, Qingdao port and Ningbo-Zhoushan port available for 400,000 tonne VLOCs.

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