City: one of top global ports
Wendy Zhang/ Shanghai Daily news
Shanghai is one
step closer to becoming an international shipping center this year, after
handling a total of 19.79 million TEUs (20-foot-equivalent units) of containers
from January to November, up 19.7 percent from the previous year, according to a
government press conference yesterday.
By the end of last month, the Yangshan
Deep-Water Port's first phase, which was put into operation on December 10, last
year, had welcomed 3,775 container ships and handled a total of three million
TEUs, exceeding its design capacity.
China's rapid economic growth and
preferential government policies have facilitated the development of Shanghai's
The city will put the second phase of its Yangshan Deep-Water Port
into operation on Sunday, boosting the facility's capacity by two-thirds. The
new facility will be able to handle 2.1 million TEUs of containers a year and is
equipped with four super-large berths, allowing it to serve some of the biggest
ships on the seas, port operators said yesterday.
The port is ranked as the
world's "top grade port" in terms of equipment, corporate management and