Qingdao port sees upsurge in cargo handling capacity

As of 6 p.m. Saturday, the Qingdao Port in east China's Shandong Province had handled 100.05 million tons of cargo, up 14 percent over the corresponding periodof last year.

Meanwhile, the number of twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) ofcontainers through the port totaled 3 million, a rise of 26 percent year on year, according to statistics from the port administration.

To increase its handling capacity, Qingdao port has, over the past decade and more, expanded a century-old port area and built two modern port areas with advanced port facilities. The port now boasts China's largest wharves for containers, crude oil, iron oreand wharves for coal and grain, of world level.

The handling capacity of the port mounted to 122 million tons last year, compared with the former 20 million tons annually. The number of TEUs of containers handled last year reached 3.41 million, compared with more than 20,000 in the past, ranking second in the Northeast Asia region and 14th in the world.

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