Three Gorges Comes Back Online

Monday, April 23, 2007 21:49

For the last few weeks we have been working on a river freight program and it has been quite interesting as we have spoke to over 20 ports and a few dozen logistics companies to learn more about the containerization of the Yangtze.

During this project, there have been several bottlenecks that we have identified, and it appears that one of the biggest bottlenecks for freight moving through the three gorges dam has been fixed.

According to Xinhua news the Three Gorges Project Ship Lock to Resume Full Traffic on May 1 to 24 hour 2 way traffic… rather than the alternating schedule in place now.

for many of the firms we have spoken with, this has been a constant problem as lines can back up 2~3 days on the river, and it is was a common reason given for container volumes growing far slower than ports found on the lower and middle reaches.

As we have explained in a few previous posts, the Yangze will be a key to the future balancing of China’s economy, and the key to this will be the number of containers that can be moved up and down the river uninhibited.

Opening up this lock is one step…. finding a fix for the height of Nanjing’s bridge would be a good next step.

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2 Responses to “Three Gorges Comes Back Online”

  1. Eric says:

    May 5th, 2007 at 4:09 am

    This is a highly interesting topic and opportunity to educate. Would love to see some pictures of the back ups etc along the Yangtze. Good post.


  2. rbrubaker says:

    May 5th, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    Hi Eric,

    How is your weekend?

    I have been looking around to find some as I really wanted to have some photo proof of the floatilla.

    I wiill look more after I get back from holiday and let you know what I can find.

    Have a good week