- THE MAGAZINE
The first half of 2012 saw a complex and volatile international political and economic environment, said the management of the Chinese Port of Dalian. Facing the increasing difficulties, Dalian Port still maintained a steady growth, achieving revenues of RMB2,048,221,533.54, a 19.5 percent increase over the same period a year earlier.
Looking into each business segment, the port group handled a total of approximately 19.267 million tonnes of oil and liquefied chemicals, an increase of 0.2 percent compared with the same period of 2011. Of that total, approximately 10.36 million tonnes was imported crude oil, an increase of 16.1 percent compared with the corresponding period in 2011.
In the container segment, the port handled approximately 4.095 million TEUs (twenty-foot-equivalent units), an increase of 18.8 percent. Of that, approximately 3.601 million TEUs were handled by the Group at Dalian port, an increase of 24.3 percent.
In the automobile terminal segment, the Group handled 107,102 vehicles, an increase of 35.1 percent.
In the ore segment, the Group handled approximately 12.289 million tonnes, a decrease of 17.9 percent.
In the general cargo segment, the Group handled approximately 16.318 million tonnes of cargo, a slight decrease of 0.7 percent.
In bulk grain, the Group handled approximately 3.628 million tonnes of bulk grain, an increase of 6.1 percent.
"The industry encountered numerous challenges in the first half of 2012,” said the port group in a statement. “Despite the uncertainties of China's economy and trading environment, as the biggest comprehensive operator in Northeastern China, the Group has been actively and objectively analyzing the macro economic situation to take advantage of the market movements and minimize the negative impacts which might arise. In the meantime, the Group continued to enhance its operations and services. Therefore, the major businesses of the Group have achieved sound performance and showed strong defensiveness (sic)."
The port group further stated, “In the container segment, in addition to the existing principal shipping lines, the Group has procured the introduction of three new Near-Sea shipping lines and four new direct lines for domestic trade. The Group made great efforts to develop the business of empty container transshipment and restowage due to vessel-changing. In May 2012, the Group successfully procured the stowage business of COSCO. The Group also cooperated with shipping companies such as Maersk Line and New Haifeng with regard to empty container transshipment business, aiming to establish Dalian transshipment base for empty containers.”
Meanwhile, the port group continued, leveraging its self-owned vessels, the Group actively developed transshipment business within Bohai rim feeder and maintained transshipment business for Jinzhou port.
The Group has also fully undertaken domestic trade business for Dandong, and the frequency of voyage schedule on feeder for Dandong has doubled due to the launching of the project.
In addition, the Beiliang Transshipment project was also launched.
In terms of logistics service on land, the Group made efforts to develop regular rail business by introducing new routes of railway transportation services and enhancing the frequency of the service schedule for the purpose of increasing the cargo volume.
In the first half of 2012, a total of three new regular railway transportation routes were introduced. The Group also continued to push forward the construction of the highway container transportation system, for which the Group was engaged in providing highway transportation services in the Shenyang area, especially the distribution services between inland ports and customers' facilites, and accepted the carriage for the cargo on return trip from Dalian to Shenyang.
At the same time, by means of developing neighboring-port industries, the Group proactively pushed forward customer-related logistics projects to increase the sources of containerized cargo.