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36 Lianyungang Throughput: 3,031,800teu


(+1.0%)


Volumes at Lianyungang port increased by 31,300teu, or 1%, in 2009 as the port climbed three places to 36 in the Top 100. This momentum has continued in 2010 with the port lifting 1.24m teu in the first four months of the year, up 51.7% on the same period last year. Its 2010 full- year target is 3.6m teu. Around 60% of cargoes handled by Lianyungang are from central and western China. A total of Rmb3.5bn (US$516m) is being invested into Lianyungang port in 2010. Seven berths will open


37 Foshan Throughput: 2,923,300teu


(+5.3%)


This edition of the CS Top 100 Container Ports sees the Chinese port of Foshan make its debut as the world’s 37th busiest box port. This is not due to massive volume growth; it is because the Chinese Ministry of Transport has redefined port boundaries to amalgamate the smaller terminals in the several port areas in Foshan city. Hence, an official aggregate throughput of Foshan port


appears on the Ministry’s official list of the top 16 container ports for the first time in 2009. Those same terminals collectively handled 2,777,250teu in 2008, which would have placed them at number 42 in


38 Gioia Tauro Throughput: 2,857,438teu


(-17.6%)


The Contship Italia-operatedMedcenter Container terminal (MCT) in Gioia Tauro handled 610,334teu fewer containers year-on-year, a decline of 17.6%, as shipping line customers realigned their transhipment activities. Figures for the first five months of 2010 are no more encouraging, with a 16.5% fall in throughput compared to the same period the year before. In the second half of 2009, Maersk cancelled its Gioia


Tauro calls on the MECL 2EB and Euromed services and, in a reorganisation of its feeder network, moved its Tunisia and Algeria ports feeder coverage from Gioia Tauro to Port Said and Algeciras. However, MSC has replaced its Jade service between


the Mediterranean and the Far East with the Tiger service, deploying 8,500teu ships and using MCT as its base. In early 2010, Contship convened talks with labour unions about possible temporary layoffs but no reduction


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including five container berths in the Miaosan port area and two 300,000-tonne iron ore terminals. Lianyungang has plans to expand its box handling capacity to 6m teu in 2012. The port has continued its effort to upgrade its sea


channel. It aims to widen and deepen the existing 150,000-tonne seaway, which became operational in December 2008, to the size of 250,000 tonnes by the end of 2010. The ultimate plan is to have the 71km seaway enlarged to 300,000-tonne by 2013. Lianyungang Port Group Chairman Yu Xiangyang said


in July 2009 that the port had applied to establish the Zhongyuntai bonded logistics park and Xidati bonded port area. The operator hopes to complete the construction of these projects by 2012.


that year’s Top 100 – the 5.3% growth, up by 146,050teu, gives Foshan a notional rise of five places in the league table in 2009. Situated at about 20km to the southwest of Guangzhou


where the Xijiang and Beijiang rivers merge, Foshan handled 2.92m teu in 2009, ranking 10th among Chinese mainland box ports in 2009. Rivers have occupied 3,800sq km or 9% of the


surface area of Foshan. The city has 492 berths in operation, totalling 27km of quay, scattered across its nine port districts. Sanshan and Sanshui are the two largest port areas,


followed by the six smaller port districts, namely: Gaoming, Jiujiang, Beian, Leliu, Rongqi and Chancheng. Major cargo types in Foshan port are construction


materials, ceramics raw materials, oil, and petrochemical products.


has so far been agreed. Temporary access to a public assistance programme known as “Cassa Integrazione Ordinaria” has supported 280 full-time equivalent jobs for 13 weeks, and Contship was negotiating for another 13 weeks as CS went to press. Last year, MCT took delivery of five new ZPMC super


post-panamax gantry cranes and 38 straddle carriers. The terminal now has 27 STS gantries, 138 straddles and three mobile harbour cranes. It recently completed a 70-metre canal enlargement.


Quay strengthening and deepening to 16 metres alongside is also underway on 1,900 metres of quayline, with approximately 1,500 metres already completed.


August 2010


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