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Ports of Promise

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Ports of Promise

    Ports of Promise Quanzhou'sShihucontainerdock PortsofPromise

    Fries.QuanzhouCity,startingpointoftheMarineSilkRoad,establishedFujian'Sreputationas

    "grandportoftheEast''asfarbackastheSongDynasty(960.1279).Thesedays.QuanzhouHar

    borhandlesmostlydomesticandnearsea tradecontainersandgeneralcargO.and iSthelargestofitskindintheprovince HarborconstructioninFujianhas maderapidprogressinrecentyears. duringwhichaslewoflargeappropriat

    eddockshasbeenbuiltandcommenced operation.FuzhouCityisexpandingits portsfromtheMinjiangRivertothe ocean,becomingoneofChina'Smajor seaportsXiamenCity,ahubportin thecoastalareasofsoutheasternChina aswellasoneofthenationaltopeight containerterminals,hasalsoaccelerated constructionofitscontainertermina1s Acontainerwharf

    Therearealsolargeoiltankerberthson thesouthernshoreofMeizhouBay. FujJanportshaveexpandedinpro

    portiontothevolumeofthefreight theyhandleIn2005itreachedatotal

    l96milliontons.including4.92million standardcontainers.Fuzhoucamel2th inthenationaltonnagerankingr74mil

    liontons);Xiamenstoodseventhinthe nationalcontainerrankingr3.34million standardcontainers);andOuanzhouwas fourthinthedomestictradecontainer ranking(600,000containers).

    Higherfiguresstillwerereportedin 2006.whenlocalseaportshandled237 milliontonsoffreight.including5.88 millionstandardcontainersAmong themXiamenhandledfourmillionand Fuzhouonemillioncontainers

    In2006.Fuiianaccomplishedanin. vestmentofRMB5.47billioninharbor construction.Bytheendoftheyear.it had402seacargoberths,80ofwhich handletonnageabovel0000plus25 containerterminals.Theirtotalthrough. putcapacityhit146milliontons, whiletheircontainerhandlingcapacity achievedanimpressive5.98million. 76?CHINATODAY':

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    ShippingbusinessbetweenFujian andTaiwanharborshasbeenongoing f0rthepastdecade,OnAprill9.1997 adirectrouteforcontainerlinersstarted

trialoperationbetweenFuzhou,Xia

    menandKaohsiungports.Sincethen, onevesselfromeachoftenshipping companiesonbothsidesoftheStraits hassailedthissearoute,Atota4,44

    millionstandardcontainershavebeen transferredin16.952sailings. Inl998.thesethreecitieswentonto openacontainerlinerrouteacrossthe TaiwanStraitsthatentailedberthingata thirdport.Sincethen.fivecontainerlin

    ersfromfourFujianshippingcarriersand twovesselsfromtwoTaiwancompanies havesailedtheroute.Between2003and 2005.Fuiiancarriersof301.652con

    tainersmade1.222voyages,

    Directseapassengertransportcom

    mencedbetweenFuiianandTaiwanon January2.2001.Ithasthreeregular service1inesMaweitoMatsu.Shijing

    (inQuanzhou)toChinmenandXiamen tOChinmen.Afurthertwotrampliner services——Zhangzhou/Quanzhou/Mei.. Fuzhou'sQingzhoucontainerwharf zhouIsland(inPutian)toC'hinmenand QuanzhoutoPenghuarealsoinopera

    tion,Bytheendof2006.16shipsfrom bothsidesoftheTaiwanStraitshad completed17,146voyagestransporting 1.9millionpassengers,

    Directcargoshippingwasformally launchedbetweenFujianandTaiwan onAugust27.2001.andl0tramplines haveopened,Bytheendof2006,both regionshadsent24vesselson3.876 voyages.inwhich4.64milliontonsof goodswerefreighted.

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    AsFujian'sportsconstitutethebed

    rockofitseconomy.portconstruction ishighontheprovincialgovernment's 11thFiveYearPlanagenda,Itiscom

    mittedtobuildingathreedimensional

    transportationnetworkthatintegrates Iargeportsexpresswaysrailways,

    trunkhighwaysandairportsconnecting tootherpartsofChinaandtheworld. Theprovincialgovernmentadopted ablueprintforunifyingtheadminis

    trationofXiamen'sportsin2005.The resultantXiamenPortAuthority, guratedin2006.markedthestart? province'sdrivetogalvanizeecol growththroughportdevelopment. ThescaleadvantageofFujiar

    borsgivesastrongimpetustore{ economicgrowth.Duringthe11th YearPlanperiod.theprovincee) toexpanditseconomichinterlan(

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