Lianyungang port upgrades as part of Belt and Road

Lianyungang Port. PSA International
Lianyungang Port. PSA International

Lianyungang port is continuing to expand to realise synergies from river-sea combined transportation.

The port in China’s Jiangsu province, being in the centre of the coast, is the starting point of the Belt and Road initiative.

China’s State Council has given the green light to the expansion and liberalisation of Lianyungang port, based on a “one body, two wings” concept.

Lianyungang is, and will continue to be, the province’s main container and dry bulk port. In line with the provincial government’s plan, Lianyungang’s sub-port, Guangyun, has built two 30,000 tonnes-class berths at terminal one and two 50,000 tonne-class berths at terminal two in recent years. An artificial canal links Guanyun to the Yangtze River.

Anticipating growing cargo volumes, Guanyun plans to build another 50,000 tonnes-class berth at terminal three, a logistics park with an area of 100,000 m2 and a bonded warehouse.

A representative of Guanyun port told DPC: “We’re developing these facilities at maximum speed, to modernise and grow into an international port to tap on global trade.”

In May 2017, Lianyungang and other Jiangsu ports were brought under the management of Jiangsu Port Group as part of a long-term plan to contribute to the Belt and Road initiative. The Chinese government has made known its plans to develop Lianyungang into an international seaport linking countries on the Pacific rim with Central Asia.

By 2020, Guanyun port aims to achieve annual throughput of 15 million tonnes and 30,000 TEU of containers.

The port representative said: “Lianyungang is our city’s most important resource and, in recent years, we have seen a breakthrough with the Belt and Road initiative. Accordingly, we will develop the port along with the hinterland.”

In 2017, Lianyungang processed 228 million tonnes of cargo, up 3.2% from 2016. Non-domestic cargo volumes grew 5.1% year-on-year to 122.3 million tonnes, while 4.71 million TEU of containers were handled.

Construction materials are the most commonly processed cargoes in Lianyungang, followed by steel products.