Suzhou becomes world's seventh biggest seaport by total cargo volume(25-05-2012)
THE eastern Port of Suzhou rose to the No 7 spot on the world's top port for throughput tonnage list last year from year 2010's No 8, Xinhua reports.
Suzhou posted 380 million tonnes last year, 15.6 per cent more than in 2010, surpassing Qingdao's 370 million tonnes to the fifth largest port in China, following Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Tianjin and Guangzhou.
Xinhua says the world's top 10 ports last year in all cargo categories were Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Singapore, Tianjin, Rotterdam, Guangzhou, Suzhou, Qingdao, Dalian and Tangshan. Eight of them are Chinese.
In containers, Suzhou lifted 4.7 million TEU last year, ranking 10th among all Chinese seaports.At the end of last year, Suzhou port had utilised 60 kilometres of the Yangtze shoreline and had 224 berths in operation with an annual capacity of 210 million tonnes. Its Taicang port area has an annual container handling capacity of 4.35 million tonnes.
Source : Journal of Commerce