Tianjin upgrades as part of Belt and Road

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Tianjin Lingang Port Group will build 12 new general cargo berths in Tianjin’s Dagukou port area in China, which has been seeing significant growth. The Dagukou sub-port processes general cargoes, grain, oil and chemical products.To be built in the eastern side of the 11 m2 bonded zone, the berths will increase handling capacity by 1.2 million tonnes to 1.8 million tonnes, taking overall capacity to more than 100 million tonnes.

Throughput in Tianjin port, an hour’s drive from Beijing, totalled 17 million tonnes in 2018, with general cargoes topping 10 million tonnes for the first time. The upgrading works are part of Tianjin Lingang’s strategy to tap on China’s Belt and Road initiative.

During a recent industry conference, officials of Tianjin Port Holdings, the main operator of Tianjin port, declared that service efficiency will be improved to develop the port’s operations.

The officials said: “Tianjin Port will coordinate with the development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area and promote cooperation with neighbouring ports such as Caofeidian. At the same time, as the only Chinese port that connects to the three Euro-Asia Continental Bridges, Tianjin Port will also actively integrate with the Belt and Road initiative, promote the China-Ulan Bator Logistics

Park and deepen its cooperation with Gwadar Port in Pakistan. We will also continue to promote overseas cooperation projects with China Merchants Group and China COSCO Shipping Group.”
Dagukou’s development is modelled after the “port, manufacturing and city” concept, with obvious advantages for businesses operating out of the port’s free trade zone.

“The improvement of the hinterland economy has brought new development opportunities and challenges to the port area. In 2019, the Dagukou Port area will make breakthroughs in cargo optimisation and provide support services for the hinterland.” Tianjin Lingang’s deputy general manager, Di Zhengqiu, also stated that night time navigation will be introduced in Dagukou within 2019, in order to develop the economy around the port.