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River-ocean Combined Transportation
Unique geographical conditions bestowed Dinghai with a special duty to lead China’s river-ocean combined transportation undertakings. It is not an exaggeration to predict that the blessed coastal zone will become worthy of the title “China’s Port of Rotterdam”. The largest port in Europe, the Port of Rotterdam was the world's busiest port from 1962 until 2004 and the world's eleventh-largest container port in terms of twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) handled in 2011. In regards to a solid shipbuilding industrial foundation, petrochemical potentials, seafaring service industry and food processing industry, Dinghai and Rotterdam share a lot in common. The past few years saw Dinghai make further developments seaward by building new docks and harbour-basins.The industrialised skyline has also dramatically changed with the construction of numerous wind turbines that take advantage of exposed coastal conditions. Like the Port of Rotterdam, the most important element for Dinghai is the petrochemical industry and general cargo transshipment handlings, allowing the region to function as a significant transit point for the transportation of bulk and other goods between Zhoushan and the rest of the world. The construction of a 450,000dwt crude oil terminal was launched on 18th May 2016 - the first one of its kind in the Zhoushan Port area and the second in the Ningbo-Zhoushan Port territory - in Cezi Island. Construction is planned to reach the finish line by the end of 2017. Once fully operational, the terminal will greatly boost the crude oil unloading and uploading capability of the Zhoushan Port and play a critical role in placing the port in the world’s first-tier port legion in terms of bulk commodities logistics and processing trade. The 13th ‘five-year plan’ of Dinghai, mapped out by the district government in 2016, can be summed up as “one corridor and three bays” – an ‘all-wave’ strategy that regionally outlines the developmental focuses. According to the plan, the development of the western bay area - featuring Jintang Island and Laotangshan area - will be centered on oil storage, transportation and trade in an international framework.With a current crude oil storage capacity of 18,200,000 cubic meters, the river-ocean combined transportation power of Dinghai will be fuelled by sophisticated industrials such as ‘green’ petrochemical engineering and Brightoil Petroleum transportation.