Wuhan Yangluo International Port Water-Rail Intermodal Container Transport Project (CSP Wuhan Terminal) has commenced operations with the arrival of the 1,140 teu Han Hai No.2 vessel.
One of the terminal’s cranes moved containers from the vessel onto a driverless container vehicle (DCV), which automatically drove along its designated route upon receiving remote operation instructions from the command and dispatch centre.
A freight train with 50 containers then headed to destination from the Wuhan Port Station in the railway operation of the terminal.
Xu Lirong, party secretary and chairman of China COSCO Shipping Corporation, said “the project is a major achievement of the deepening of strategic cooperation between Wuhan City, Hubei Province and COSCO Shipping Group. It is also a major move of the group to deepen the Yangtze River Strategy.
“The project is the pivot, linking superior resources of the all-system routes, logistics, shipping finance. Etc. We will increase the investment in port and shipping logistics resources in Hubei Province and Wuhan City, cooperate with Hubei Port Group, SIPG and other partners to help Wuhan build a central hub and regional shipping centre, and contribute to accelerating to build our country as a strong power in the maritime and shipping fields.”
Wuhan Port was the first partner chosen by Shanghai Port 20 years ago and, at present, the two parties have explored and formed many beneficial practices in capital cooperation, information sharing, route docking, and safe, green, smart and efficient port construction.
The project provides new opportunity for Wuhan Port, Shanghai Port and COSCO Shipping to jointly build a core hub in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River.
In the next step, the three parties will jointly promote the formation of a co-port effect between Shanghai and Wuhan, and look to establish an empty box transfer centre and feeder service in Wuhan Port to further improve the efficiency of the connection as soon as possible.
Wang Zhonglin, deputy secutary of the provincial party committee and Governor of Hubei Province, said: “The construction of the shipping centre in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River in Wuhan will strengthen the function of Wuhan as a port-type national logistics hub and became a gateway hub for Hubei and even the central and western regions of the world.
“The opening of the project to traffic is only a critical step. We must use this as a new starting point and continue to contribute to golden waterway, deeply integrate into the Belt and Road Initiative and Yangtze River Economic development and comprehensively build a new coastal under the development pattern.”
It is hoped that CSP Wuhan will improve port functions and accelerate to 1m teu throughput capacity, helping to better maximise the location and transportation advantages of Wuhan, Hubei.