Dutch aid sought in Yangtze project

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 March, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 March, 1998, 12:00am

The mainland has agreed to enlist Dutch logistics expertise to help improve shipping services on the Yangtze River.

During a recent visit to the mainland by Dutch Minister for Economic Affairs Hans Wijers, an agreement was signed allowing P&O Nedlloyd to set up a transport network on the Yangtze.

A SeaTrade Week report said the group probably would charter inland vessels for this purpose, and set up trucking lines for hinterland transport.

One of the characteristics of the project was that it would create a more-or-less free 'island' inside the present bureaucratic system.

A Netherlands Ministry of Transport spokesman said: 'We have discovered that in China about 60 different authorities have a say in transport matters. A lot of red tape. This red tape will not apply to the P&O Nedlloyd experiment.' Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards is to design a vessel suitable for container shipping on the Yangtze River.