west coast of the Pacific Ocean, in the mid-China's coastline,
lies Ningbo Port. It is prospering and arresting world
attention. With a long history and a speedy development, the
Port has won wide acclaim home and abroad.
Port of Ningbo is mainly engaged in stevedoring, transferring,
warehousing, logistics of containers, iron ore, crude oil and
liquid chemicals, coal, etc.
Now there are 191 operating
berths including 39 10,000-tonnage berths. It is the Port that
owns the most large and ultra large deep-water berths in
mainland China. In 2004, the cargo thruput broke through 225
million tons, ranking the second in China and the fifth in the
world. The container thruput hit 4 million TEUs, ranking the
fourth in Mainland China, and the ranking is expected to jump
to the world's 18th place from the 22nd in 2003.
Port is a rare deep-water port of China, enjoying unique
natural conditions. Sheltered by Zhoushan Islands, the port
area is free from strong winds and waves. There is no freeze
or silt within the port area. The entry channel is normally
over 30 meters deep except for a section of 4.5 kilometers
being 18.2 meters deep. Large ships up to 250,000 tonnage can
navigate freely and those of 250,000 to 300,000 tonnage may
come and leave at tide. Ningbo Port is a port that receives
the most ultra large ships of more than 100,000 tonnage in
Port of Ningbo boasts the first-class container berths at the
Port, with best facilities, environment and quality services.
The berths of 2, 838 meters long is 13.5 ~17meters deep at
dock apron. They are equipped with 30 bridge cranes with a
maximum outreach of 58~63 meters. They are the
state-of-the-art container berths of China and can meet the
operation needs of container vessel with over 8000 TEUs. Now
it has opened 116 container routes, with monthly voyages
totaling 500. among them 54 are trunk lines, taking up 46% of
the total, ranking the third in Mainland China, only next to
Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Port regards fine service as the lifeline of the port.
Round-the-clock service in
berthing and unberthing is provided for shipping companies to
guarantee scheduled operation.
Commitments have been made to guarantee quality, safety and
scheduled run for all the
container liners. To improve efficiency, computerized
management has been adopted in
container operation. With EDI system set up, the average
efficiency per hour for a bridge
is 49.2 TEUS at the maximum and that for a whole ship is 262.8
a first-class international deep-water hub port and a main
line port for ocean-going container transport will take an
initial shape, serving as an outer deep-water port for
Shanghai International Shipping Center. Meanwhile it wall will
also be the leading logistics port of Ningbo and Zhejiang. By
then 5 transshipment bases for container, crude oil, iron ore,
liquid chemicals and coal, as well as the port logistics
information platform will be completed and put into operation.
Looking into the future, Mr. Li Linghong, director of Ningbo
Port Authority, said confidently: "A new development plan of
Ningbo Port has been worked out. By 2007 the port's cargo
throughput may reach 250 million tons and container throughput
7 million TEUS; by 2010 cargo throughput may reach 300 million
tons and container thruput 10 million TEUS."