China’s busiest port puts railway station into use to promote rail-sea freight

BEIJING – May 11, 2020 – A red container was unloaded steadily from a sea-rail cargo train from Huzhou to Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, China’s busiest port, on Wednesday morning, marking the inauguration of the port railway station.

This is of great significance for the Ningbo-Zhoushan port in east China’s Zhejiang Province to join the Belt and Road construction and promote the development of combined transport of sea and rail.

The inauguration of the railway station makes the Chuanshan the third port area of Zhoushan Port cabable of handling sea-rail transport after Beilun and Zhenhai.

The container terminal of Chuanshan port area is the second largest single container terminal in the world. In 2019, the container throughput of Chuanshan port area reached 10.35 million TEU, among which the container volume exceeded 85 percent along the routes related to the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Chuanshan port railway station is a supporting project of Chuanshan Port Railway, which is jointly built by China State Railway Group and Ningbo Municipal People’s Government. The capacity of the sea-rail transport is designed to be 600,000 TEU in a short term and 800,000 TEU in a long term.

The first Huzhou-Zhoushan Port cargo train arriving at Chuanshan port area transported 92 containers of furniture and other goods, which are scheduled to be shipped from the major port areas of Ningbo-Zhoushan Port by international liners to countries such as Germany and Belgium and other countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.

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