On the west coast of the Pacific Ocean, in the mid-China's coastline, the Port of Ningbo is prospering and arresting world attention. With a long history and a speedy development, the Port has won wide acclaim home and abroad.
Ningbo Port includes 5 port areas, which are: the old port of Ningbo, Beilun, Zhenhai, Daxie and Chuanshan. The whole port area is made up of river ports, estuary harbors and sea ports. It is a modern, comprehensive, multi-functional port with berths of all levels.
The 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 large berths of over 10,000 DWT. 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 100 million tons for the first time and became one of the few large ports in the world. In 2005, the cargo thruput hit 268 million tons, ranking the second in mainland China for the five years running. The container thruput hit 5 million 208 thousand TEUs, ranking the fourth in Mainland China, joining the top 15 in the world.
Ningbo Port sits at the T-shaped junction of routes at mid China's coastline and the Yangtze River Delta. It is a rare deep-water port of China, enjoying unique natural conditions. Surrounded by Zhoushan Islands, the port area is sheltered from strong winds and waves. There is no freeze or silt within the port area. The entry channel is normally over 30 meters deep with the shallowest at 18.2 meters deep. Large ships up to 250,000 DWT can navigate freely and those of 250,000 to 300,000 DWT may come and leave at tide. Ningbo Port is a port that receives the most ultra large ships of more than 100,000 DWT in China.
The Natural advantages of Ningbo Port have been widely recognized. The late Hong Kong shipping magnate Bao Yugang thought very highly of Beilun port's facilities. During a trip to Beilun, he said, "This port is Ningbo's best feature and I think it's the only best of China's ports".
The Port of Ningbo boasts all dimensional transport networks and has a very developed hinterland. The transport networks consist of water-water transit, expressways, railways, air and pipeline.
The railways extend to dock aprons and connect the country's railway network, making the trasite trade with Port of Ningbo very convenient. The great Hangzhou Bay under construction is to be completed in 2007. It will reduce the drive time from Ningbo to Shanghai to 2 hours, and drive time to South Jiangsu Privince and the North Zhejiang Province will be greatly shortened too.
The Port of Ningbo boasts the first-class container terminals, with best facilities, environment and services. The berths of 4,465 meters long is 13.5 ~17meters deep at dock apron, equipped with 46 bridge cranes with a maximum outreach of 58~65 meters and large container yards. They are the state-of-the-art container terminals of China and can meet the operation needs of container vessel with over 8000 TEUs. Now it has opened 147 seagoing container routes, with monthly voyages totaling 670; among them 69 are trunk lines, which account for 70% of the total, ranking the third in Mainland China, only next to Shanghai and Shenzhen.
The Port takes the strengthening itself to serve China and the world as the corporate principle and regards fine service as the lifeline. Round-the-clock service 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. With EDI system set up, the average efficiency for a single bridge crane is 53.3 TEUS per hour at the maximum and the maximum efficiency for a whole ship is 364.8 TEUS per hour.
During the 11th Five-Year Plan period, the Port shall further develop the deepwater advantages and focus on container business. It shall bring into further play of the advantages in deepwater, service, mechanism, logistics and human resources. It shall implement the expansion strategy, brand strategy, stragy of vitalizing the port with science and technology, open strategy, coupling development of land and port and sustainable development. It shall aim to become a first-class international deep-water hub port and a main line port for ocean-going container transport, and an outer deep-water port for Shanghai International Shipping Center. Meanwhile it will also be developed into the leading logistics port of Ningbo and Zhejiang. It shall set up five transport systems of container, crude oil, mineral ore, liquefied chemicals and coal, as well as a platform for logistics information. By2010, the cargo thruput is expected to reach 350 million tons, container thruput 11 million TEUs.
As a huge port, Ningbo Port welcomes people from home and abroad and from the shipping industry to visit and to work for a brighter future. Ningbo Port will help you step into the world.