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Maiden Voyage of Shantou-Taiwan Marine Cargo Transportation Turned a New Leaf in the Economic and Trade Exchanges between the Two Places
Date: 2009-01-19      Source:

The maiden voyage ceremony of Shantou-Taiwan direct liner sea route was held on Shantou international container wharf on January 18. It was sponsored by the People’s Government of Shantou and undertaken jointly by the Taiwan Affairs Office, Traffic Bureau, Port Bureau and Port Authority of the city, Zhonglian Shipping Co., Ltd., Shantou International Container Wharf Co., Ltd. and Shantou Tongcheng Shipping Co., Ltd. Present at the ceremony were more than 500 people, including Lin Fengzheng (Vice Chairman of the Kuomintang) and his wife, Huang Futian, (Deputy Executive Chairman of the Policy Committee of the Kuomintang) and his wife, Chen Boting (Board Chairman of Wanhai Shipping Co., Ltd.), Hu Hanxiang (President of Cross-straits Shipping Exchange Association), Wang Yuwen (Deputy Director of Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council), Chen Yingming (Director of Offices Service Bureau of Ministry of Transport), Chen Xianli (Supervisory Commissioner of Discipline Inspection Group of the Discipline Inspection Commission of CPC Central Committee in the Ministry of Transport), Li Jiansheng (Deputy Director of Taiwan Affairs Office, Ministry of Transport), Jiang Changfang (Deputy Director of Taiwan Affairs Office of Guangdong Province), Yang Wen (Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of Guangdong Provincial Maritime Bureau), relevant leaders of the Provincial Port Office, Provincial Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, and Port and Shipping Bureau of Provincial Department of Transport; Zhuang Rongde (Vice President of Guangdong Provincial Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment and Honorary President of Shantou Association of Taiwan Businessmen); Lan Lin Xingzi (President of Shantou Association of Taiwan Businessmen); leaders of Shantou, including Huang Zhiguang, Yu Yuncheng, Deng Darong, Wang Yun, Luo Yangpeng, Zheng Renhao, Xie Zesheng, Su Yaoguang and Zhou Zhensong; Commissioner Zang Yujiang and Deputy Commissioner Gao Jianjun of Shantou Customs; Deputy Secretary Lin Jianmin of the Discipline Inspection Committee of Shantou; leaders of districts, counties and departments of municipal government; leaders of central and provincial units in Shantou; guests of port and shipping circles from both sides of the Taiwan Straits and foreign countries.

The maiden voyage ceremony started formally at 4:00 p.m. It was hosted by Deputy Mayor Su Yaoguang. Chen Yingming, Director of Offices Service Bureau, Ministry of Transport, read a congratulatory letter on behalf of the Ministry. Those who made speeches at the ceremony including Chen Honghui (General Manager of Zhonglian Shipping Co., Ltd.), Yin Guoming (General Manager of Shantou International Container Wharf Company), Lan Lin Xingzi (President of Shantou Association of Taiwan Businessmen), and Deng Darong (Deputy Secretary of Shantou Party Committee). Jiang Deliang, Director of Shantou Maritime Bureau, issued the departure license for direct cross-straits sail to “Dong Yue” liner implementing the maiden voyage, while Yin Guoming, General Manager of Shantou International Container Wharf Company, gave souvenirs to the captain of the liner. Secretary of Shantou Party Committee Huang Zhiguang announced the opening of the sea route of Shantou-Taiwan direct maritime liners. Then, Lin Fengzheng (Vice Chairman of the Kuomintang), Hu Hanxiang (President of Cross-straits Shipping Exchange Association), Wang Yuwen (Deputy Director of Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council), Chen Yingming (Director of Offices Service Bureau of Ministry of Transport), Li Jiansheng (Deputy Director of Taiwan Affairs Office of Ministry of Transport), Secretary Huang Zhiguang and Deputy Secretary Deng Darong of Shantou Party Committee and Liang Shubo, President of Hutchinson China Port, jointly pushed the activation level to open the sea route. Instantly, in an intense festive atmosphere of beaten drums, flying fireworks and dancing lions, the container bridge crane started to work and load the last container of the sail onto the liner.

At 5:00 p.m., with long hoots, “Dong Yue” liner of Zhonglian Shipping Co., Ltd. raised anchor and slowly left Shantou international container wharf with container goods on board for a direct sail to Kaoshiung Port of Taiwan. This marked the formal opening of the South China/Taiwan weekly container direct route (STD) of Zhonglian Shipping Co., Ltd. Shantou has finally realized the long-expected direct cross-straits sail. The route has filled a gap in direct sailing from Guangdong to Taiwan in East Guangdong and even the whole province, thereby turning a new page in the direct cross-straits maritime transportation from Shantou Port.

As a commercial port with a long history, Shantou is a port city of Guangdong Province that is closest to Taiwan, only 180 nautical miles away from Kaohsiung. Departing from Shantou Port on its maiden voyage, “Dong Yue” liner will get to Kaohsiung Port in about 16 hours. The opening of the direct sea route will enable the goods bound to Taiwan from Shantou, East Guangdong, south Jiangxi and southwest Fujian to arrive at the other side of the Strait without having to go through a third place. This can greatly drive down transportation time and enhance transportation efficiency, thereby leading to reduced logistic cost of enterprises, increased demand for cargo transportation, more fluent fund flow and more optimized allocation of resources. The direct sailing between Shantou and Taiwan will also provide more cooperation opportunities for the enterprises in the two places. It will help Shantou undertake the industrial transfer from Taiwan, boost economic and trade exchanges, and enhance the efficiency and core competitiveness of the enterprises in the two places. The direct sailing will produce a positive effect in increasing the competitive force of the export enterprises in Shantou, expanding the structure of export products, enlarging the cargo volume of shipping enterprises, raising the position of Shantou Port in domestic port industry, promoting the construction of a shipping center in East Guangdong and turning Shantou into a logistic hub and “bridgehead” for the economic relations and trade between the two sides of the straits. In addition, it has far-reaching significance for optimizing the structure of Shantou-invested enterprises and promoting sustainable economic development.

It is learnt that Zhonglian Shipping Co., Ltd. is a large state-owned shipping enterprise of China and mainly engages in the container transportation on branch routes along the coast and Changjiang River of China and on international branch routes. Zhonglian Shipping Co., Ltd. will use S.S. “Dong Yue” and S.S. “Fu Chun”, with a capacity of 559 and 591 standard containers respectively, for the South China/Taiwan weekly direct sailing route. In the initial period, the ports of call are Shantou, Kaohsiung, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The spokesman of the company stated that, as a public carrier, Zhonglian Shipping Co., Ltd. will operate the sea route independently to serve the shipping merchants and consignors by providing stable, fast and punctual weekly sailing.

 Source: Shantou Daily,Jan 19, 2009

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来源:汕头日报 2009-1-19

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