The Inland Henan Province Rejuvenates the River Transport System, Acctively Connecting with the “Maritime Silk Road”
The cranes at the Zhoukou port slowly lift the containers containing Lianhua gourmet powders onto the ship, a local brand seasoning in Zhoukou, Henan province. In recent days, a ship loaded with more than 100 tons of Lianhua gourmet powders set sail from Zhoukou Central Port, passing through the Shaying River, into the main stream Huaihe River and then into the Yangtze river. The gourmet powders were finally transferred to Africa and Nigeria via Shanghai port.
Henan is not only the starting point of the ancient Silk Road in the East, but also one of the regions with great development potential and influence in modern China. Owing to its rich history, profound culture, geographical advantage, and development foundation , Henan is facing with more opportunities to become a pioneer in the field of opening-up and become a main force of constructing the “Belt and Road”.
To improve the comprehensive transport system and open wider to the outside world, Henan has made great efforts to develop its inland water transportation in recent years, and formed two water transport channels on the Shaying River and Huaihe River. By June this year, the cruising range has reached more than 1,100 kilometers, and 90 ports and berths of various types have been built.
“Henan’s inland water transportation has a long history. Even in the 19100s, there were still 27 rivers connecting to other great river systems and the seas, with a cruising range of 6,100 kilometers, but it gradually withered.” Wang Dong, director of the Shipping Administration Bureau of Henan Provincial Department of Transportation, told the reporter.
At present, Henan is implementing a water transportation rejuvenation project, planning to invest 179 billion yuan to build more than 2,700 kilometers of new waterway, 1,900 kilometers of rebuilt waterway, 2100 ports and berths, and increase its harbour capacity by 140 million tons.
To connect with the “Maritime Silk Road”, Zhoukou signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone and Henan Materials Group Co., Ltd to jointly build a multi-modal transport hub, and signed a strategic alliance agreement with Jiangsu Lianyungang Port Holding Group to make Zhoukou Central Port into an outlet of Henan Commodities.
周口的味精、加拿大的小麦、东南亚的红木、河南的粮食……经由周口中心港，世界各地的货物售入河南，河南的货物卖往全球，无缝衔接“海上丝绸之路”。（记者/顾立林 刘怀丕 刘高阳 编译/赵汉青）
Zhoukou’s gourmet powder, Canada’s wheat, Southeast Asia’s rosewood, Henan’s grains...Through Zhoukou Central Port, the products from all over the world are transported to Henan, and vice versa, seamlessly connecting with the “Maritime Silk Road”.