Guangzhou dredging to lift capacity
An ambitious dredging programme is under way at the port of Guangzhou, Xinhua reports.
The two-year plan, which was launched last weekend, is designed to expand a 58.6-kilometre section of the navigation channels leading ships from the Pearl River to the open sea.
The section's width will be expanded to 160 metres and the depth to 11.5 metres, enabling the passage of 35,000-tonne ships round the clock and 50,000-tonne ships at high tide.
As a result, the port's handling capacity would be raised to 85 million to 90 million tonnes from the 78 million tonnes projected for this year, port officials said.
The central government and the Guangdong provincial and the Guangzhou city governments jointly will invest 750 million yuan in the project, which is expected to dredge 40 million cubic metres of silt from the channels.
The project was approved when it became apparent that the channels had become inadequate to cope with the port's growing commerce.