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Ningbo-Zhoushan adds container berths to ease volume pressure

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Two additional container berths at Ningbo-Zhoushan port have been opened temporarily for international vessels to ease the pressure on container cargo handling.

Approved by the Chinese Ministry of Transport and local port authority, Ningbo-Zhoushan port commenced operation of two container berths at its Chuanshan port area and Meishan port area.

The berth at Chuanshang port area, a 70,000 tonne-class container berth, is able to handle the container vessels up to 150,000 tonne-class; the other berth at Meishan port area is a 150,000 tonne-class container berth which could accommodate 200,000 tonnes-class containerships.

The operation of these two berths is expected to add 1m teu container throughput to Ningbo-Zhoushan port per year, and aimed at improving large-size containership handling capacity of Ningbo-Zhoushan port, and the ports service capacity for international container trading business. 

Pressure has been building on Chinese ports ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays at the start of February. Last week Yantian cut the window for receieving export boxes to four days in an effort to reduce yard congestion.

Chuanshan port area and Meishan port area are the two major container handling port areas of Ningbo-Zhoushan port, which posted a container volume of 10.87m teu and 6.68m teu last year, accounting for 35% and 21% of Ningbo-Zhoushan ports annual container throughput, respectively. 


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