According to Xinhuanet, Nansha District, Guangzhou Harbor passed the assessment by WHO on March 29, and ranked among the world's first batch of hygienic harbors.
By the newly-enacted International Health Regulations in 2005, WHO is authorized to test and assess the core abilities of the world's navigable harbors to handle the breaking public health events and prevent contagious diseases from wide spread. The harbors in conformity with the required standards will be certifies as 'International Hygienic Harbor'.
Among the applicants, China's two other harbors, Zhang Jiagang in the Eastern Jiangsu Province and Yan Tian in the southern city of Shenzhen, also passed the test on March 24 and 27 respectively.
Nansha District, Guangzhou Harbor handled up to 340 million tons of cargo in 2007, ranking the third in China and fifth in the world, and its handling capacity in containers ranks the twelfth in the world.
By People's Daily Online