Ningbo-Zhoushan eyes 600,000 more boxes with expansion

Ningbo-Zhoushan port. Getty Images
Ningbo-Zhoushan port. Getty Images

Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group, which operates the twin port in China’s Zhejiang province, has begun constructing what has been termed “No. 1 Container Terminal Project”, along the western side of the No. 2 berth of the Chuanshan area of the port.

As Ningbo-Zhoushan port moves up the rankings of the world’s busiest ports, it is expanding to handle more containers. In 2018, Ningbo-Zhoushan surpassed Shenzhen in the global rankings of container ports, with throughput of 26 million teu. The twin port has benefited from heavier traffic due to China’s Belt and Road initiative, as well as connections to Yangtze River Delta Economic Belt.

No timeframe was given for the construction, but it is part of Ningbo-Zhoushan’s long-term development to 2030. The project will add another berth to elevate Ningbo-Zhoushan’s container handling capacity to 600,000 teu.

The berth will be 330-m long and 55-m wide, enabling it to service Panamax container ships. Presently, the 10 container berths in Chuanshan process more than 10 million teu annually, contributing around 40% of Ningbo-Zhoushan’s total throughput.

To raise container throughput in addition, Ningbo-Zhoushan has been actively working with shipping alliances on the deployment of shipping routes and strengthening its position as a hub port for international shipping. The port is on 246 shipping routes as of the end of 2018.

Ningbo-Zhoushan’s remarkable growth convinced Denmark’s Maersk Line, the world’s largest liner operator, to broaden its cooperation with the port.
In February, Maersk signed a letter of intent with Ningbo Meishan International Logistics Industry Administrative Committee to invest in the second phase of its project in the Meishan bonded zone.

The planned investment includes the construction and development for Maersk’s logistics projects in the Meishan bonded zone, and building an international supply chain platform to improve customer service.

Maersk has been working with Ningbo for a long time, having launched the first phase of its logistics project in Meishan in 2018 to build its first automated warehouse in the port.