Taicang Port and Jintan Port, two major Yangtze river ports in Jiangsu, have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to jointly promote within the river-ocean container shipping business.
Under the agreement, Jintan Port and Taicang Port will together form a river-ocean container shipping service network which will see Taicang Port shifting part of its functions to Jintan Port. Jintan Port will open a feeder route to Taicang Port in the near term and plans to start container shipping service to Nanjing Port and Shanghai Port.
Taicang Port, operated by Suzhou Port Group, is the largest container port along Yangtze River in terms of container throughput, serving as a major transshipment hub between river ports and coastal sea ports.
Wu Hong, president of Suzhou Port, said the alliance is in response to the Jiangsu government’s call to integrate container ports in the province and will provide more opportunities for shippers in the hinterland.
Jintan Port, which is located near Changzhou, commenced operations in 2016. The port currently operates three 1,000 teu container berths.