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March 9, 2010

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Deeper Waterway Helps Global Hub Goal

A project to deepen a key waterway to allow larger vessels to navigate into Shanghai ports will be completed by the middle of this month.

The 92.2-kilometer-long main deepwater navigation channel will be dredged downwards to a depth of 12.5 meters, and the deeper channel will help the city greatly as it sails toward its goal of becoming a global shipping hub, said Hu Yining, deputy director of the Yangtze Estuary Waterway Administration Bureau, the project builder.

The channel, sited north of the city's Jiuduansha wetland, is viewed as vital for Shanghai's booming shipping business as well as being the lifeline for more than 100 ports inland.

About 33,000 vessels are expected to sail through the channel by the end of this year.


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