The widening of the Guangzhou Port Deep-water Channel has ended the history of one-way navigation of large ships between the Pearl River Estuary and Nansha Port Area. Two-way navigation of 100,000-ton and 150,000-ton ships marks an important milestone of the improvement of Guangzhou Port's capacity.
Lin Daoping, Deputy Mayor of Guangzhou Municipal People's Government, Pan Kunxiong, Second-level Inspector of Guangdong Provincial Department of Transportation, Huang Zhijun, Second-level Inspector of Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration, Chen Hongxian, Director of Guangzhou Port Authority, Li Weiyi, Chairman and General Manager of CCCC Fourth Navigation Engineering Survey and Design Institute, Wang Baihuan, Board Chairman of CCCC Guangzhou Waterway Bureau Co., Ltd., Li Yibo, Board Chairman of Guangzhou Port Group, and other leaders attended the event.
According to Chen Hongxian, Director of Guangzhou Port Authority, the Guangzhou Port Deep-water Channel Widening Project is a key project for the interconnection of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. The actual investment of the project is about RMB 2.3 billion. The project was approved in 2015 and kicked off in October 2016. The 66.6-kilometer-long channel from Nansha Port Area to the Pearl River Estuary has been widened from 243 meters to 385 meters, with a water depth of 17 meters.
According to Li Yibo, Board Chairman of Guangzhou Port Group, as a comprehensive hub port along China’s coast that “lays equal emphasis on both domestic and overseas markets”, Guangzhou Port will continue to improve the level of port construction and management services according to the Guangzhou international shipping hub
construction deployment, make full use of new advantages of the waterway, improve port service efficiency, reduce comprehensive logistics costs, strengthen the function of the integrated transportation hub, build a comprehensive logistics system that connects coastal areas, radiates to South China, and faces the world jointly with customers, and contribute to regional economic development.
With a total length of 160 kilometers, the Guangzhou Port’s navigational channel is one of the busiest golden waterways in the world. Since 1996, the Ministry of Transport, the Guangdong Provincial and the Guangzhou Municipal Party Committee and Government have attached great importance to the construction of the navigational channel by organizing the construction of the first phase, the second phase, the third phase and the deep-water channel widening projects of the seaward channel with a cumulative investment of more than RMB 7 billion, so as to effectively guarantee the production safety and sustainable development of Guangzhou Port. (Text by Chen Yu and Tang Xuyan)