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The Port of Shanghai – Oriented to the World, to the Future

1.       Geographical Location

The Port of Shanghai is situated at the middle of the 18,000km-long Chinese coast line, where the Yangtze River, known as “the Golden Waterway”, empties into the sea.  The Port is thus at the juncture of the east-west traffic route, i.e., the Yangtze River, and the north-south traffic route, i.e., the sea coast. It is faced towards the East China Sea, is linked with the Yangtze River and its reaches the inland waterways of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces, and the Taihu Lake, and is also close to Qiantangjiang River to the south. Therefore, its geographical location is very advantageous, being the confluence of the sea and Inland Rivers and backed by vast hinterlands.  

2.       Economic Hinterlands

Shanghai is one of China’s most economically developed cities. 60% of the various commodities and 99% of the foreign trade goods are shipped in and out of Shanghai through the Port. The annual import and export trade through Shanghai, in terms of value, accounts for a quarter of China’s total foreign trade. 

3.       Container Liner Services 

Container liner services from the Port of Shanghai cover all major ports around the world. More than 2,000 container ships depart from the Port every month, en route to North America, Europe, the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Black Sea, Africa, Australia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, and other regions.

4.      Vision

To become an outstanding global terminal operator

SIPG will rely on the vigorous support from the hinterland economic development of Shanghai and the Yangtze River Valley and from the Port’s advantageous location, and pro-actively adjust itself to the trends of global economic development and to changes in the shipping industry.  It will adjust its industrial structure, expand the room of strategic growth of the Group, participate in the investment and development of ports at home and abroad, and through port resource consolidation, functional transformation of old port areas and port market development, gradually form a cross-regional and multinational business pattern characterized by a focus on terminal and container operations and with business presence on both the domestic and international markets.

5.      Three Major Strategies

The Yangtze River valley, as the direct hinterlands of the Port of Shanghai, is the fundamental base for SIPG to further grow its home port, is the key region to enable the Port of Shanghai to maintain its current rate of growth, and is the foundation stone of SIPG’s long-term sustainable development. SIPG will, according to the main growth path of “developing the home port and going international”, implement the three major strategies, i.e., “Yangtze River Strategy”, “Northeast Asia Strategy” and “Internationalization Strategy”, and maintain the sustained, fast and healthy development of the container-related industries.  By 2010, SIPG’s container throughput will reach 34 million TEUs, including 30 million handled at the home port and 4 million handled at terminal projects in other ports. In this way, the Port of Shanghai will be turned into the biggest container port in the world, and its status of international shipping center in Northeast Asia will be established and reinforced.  

6.      Four Strategic Business Units

In the course of implementing the three major strategies, in order to fully utilize the synergies and economies of scale, SIPG will, through consolidation of business resources, gradually form four strategic business units, i.e., container terminal operation, bulk and break bulk terminal operation, port logistics and harbor services.

7.      Container Terminals

The container terminals are mainly located in three areas, Wusongkou in the lower reaches of Huangpu River, Waigaoqiao on the southern bank of the Yangtze estuary, and Yangshan deepwater port area. By the end of 2005, SIPG owns 32 exclusive container berths on a total quay length of 9,700m, equipped with 103 container gantry cranes, and the terminals have a total container yard area of 3,938,000m². 

(1)Wusongkou Container Port Area

Wusong Container Port Area was developed in the 1980s. Currently, this area mainly accommodates the operation of ships running on short-sea liner services.  There are 10 specialized container berths in this area, with a total quay length of 2,281m, and the berths are equipped with 20 gantry cranes and container yards with a total area of 550,000m².

(2)Waigaoqiao Container Port Area

The construction of Waigaoqiao container port area was started in 1992, and Phases I to V of the port area have been completed so far, which have a total of 16 container berths.  Most of the Port’s deep-sea liner services and some of the short-sea services are handled at these terminals. The berths have a total quay length of over 5,600m, and are equipped with 63 container gantry cranes and container yards of 2.45 million square meters.

(3)Yangshan Port Area

Yangshan deepwater port area is the first duty-free port area of the country.  Construction of the port area was started in June 2002, and the port area was officially put into operation on December 10, 2005.  The operating Phase I terminal has 5 berths, with a total quay length of 1,600m and quayside water depth of –16m. The terminal has a sea-side area of 3,167,000m², land-side area of 1,340,000m², and container yard area of 860,000m².


Address: Yangshupu Road. 18, Shanghai, China

P.C.:  200082

Tel: 63290660

(November 16,2010)

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