(Yicai Global) Feb. 20 -- The Ministry of Transport is looking for views from the China Classification Society and local transportation units in areas along the Yangtze River, such as Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. The ministry plans to roll out policies to promote river to sea direct transportation along the Yangtze River Economic Belt.
The move aims to improve the benefits and comparative advantages of river to sea direct transportation and provide support for the construction of the Shanghai International Shipping Center and the Zhoushan River-Sea Intermodal Transport Service Center.
The government will make rules and systems for river to sea direct shipping and encourage the development of channels, ports, advanced direct shipping vessels and support systems, a transport ministry consultation paper said.
The government will study river to sea direct shipping for vessels with capacities of 5,000 tons or less, 10,000 tons or less and 15,000 tons or less in Yangtze River areas downstream of Chongqing, Wuhan and Wuhu, respectively, the consultation paper said. It will also push the construction of container shipping channels in northern Jiangsu province, the Suzhou-Wuxi-Changzhou region and the Hangzhou-Jiaxing-Huzhou region.
Chongqing is in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, Wuhan in the middle and Wuhu in the middle and lower reaches.
The development of river to sea direct transportation for dry bulk carriers going from the Yangtze River to Ningbo Zhoushan Port and for container ships heading from the Yangtze River Delta network to Shanghai's Yangshan Port should be given priority and serve as examples, the consultation paper said.
The nine provinces and two municipalities that border the Yangtze River account for nearly 40 percent of China's total economic output.