Guangzhou readies $484m dredging scheme

Guangzhou readies $484m dredging scheme

Guangzhou: Guangzhou port plans to invest up to RMB3bn ($484m) to expand its deepwater channel.

The port said the expansion of the channel is to enhance the port’s capability of handling two-way shipping of the larger vessels of the future.

The project will start from Nansha port area to the south of Guangzhou city centre, and end at Waiaizhou island in the Pearl river estuary.

Guangzhou port is one of the major container handling ports in China. It completed 16.61m teu throughput in 2014, and has targeted 18.5m teu throughput this year.

Back when Nansha was first mooted as a major new boxport 12 years ago, critics warned that it would cost hundreds of millions of dollars in regular dredging to clear the silt that builds up along the Pearl river.

Katherine Si

Having majored in English Katherine started out at news portal ShippingChina.com where she rose to become News Editor. In 2008 she moved to work with Sam Chambers and has since held numerous positions including China correspondent for Seatrade magazine. Katherine is in touch with Chinese owners and yards on a daily basis and has had many prestigious news scoops reporting China’s fast evolving maritime scene.

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