China to open military port to international shipping

Jun 23, 1999 02:00 AM

According to a Chinese official, domestic ocean-going freighters will be allowed to enter Huludao port. And, as in former cases, docks for commercial use in the port will be separated from the naval docks and facilities.
Huludao port was first approved for opening to domestic commercial shipping lines in 1984, and has since mainly handled crude oil, oil products, grain and commodities for daily use destined for the western part of Liaoning.
Economists said that the opening of the Huludao port for international shipping use could greatly boost the economy of the western part of Liaoning, and it may also facilitate the transportation of commodities, grain in particular, from the three north-eastern provinces and east part of Inner Mongolia.
"If the Huludao port could be merged with the nearby Jinzhou Port, whose current handling capacity stands at between 6 and 7 mm tons, their advantages in shipping would be greatly enhanced and the economy around the Bohai Rim would receive a strong boost," said Ren Hong, a port planning official with the State Development and Planning Commission.

Huludao has been a military port since 1908, when it was constructed by the Qing Dynasty authorities, and later expanded in 1929 by General Zhang Xueliang. After the Japanese incursions into north-east China in 1931, it was used by the Japanese army as a transportation base.
The ice-free port now has an annual commercial handling capacity of 1 mm tons. The city government is moving to expand it, with investment totalling 280 mm yuan earmarked for the first phase. One dock, with a handling capacity of 10,000 tons, has already been completed, while two others -- of 20,000 dwt and 30,000 dwt capacity, respectively, are now under construction.

Source: Xinhua via Newspage
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