According to the government's notice，the north channel of “three gorges dam" on the Yangtze River have been under maintenance from February 2, 2017 to March 14th. The project takes 40 days to complete. This is the most comprehensive maintenance since the gorges put into use from 2003, whose estimated impact to Yangtze feeder transportation will be up to 3 to 4 months.
Latest congestion situation
As of mar.6， the south channel of the Three Gorges will pass through upward sailing and downward sailing in turn every 48 hours.
Till now, the number of ships that wait in the vicinity of the dam to pass through Three Gorges dam accumulate approximately 916，upward 414 and downward 502 respectively. At present, the average waiting time is more than 17 days.
COSCO Shipping Lines’ Countermeasures
The Three Gorges Dam "maintenance" cause longtime congestion, In order to the reduce the impact of the “maintenance”, our company took many different approaches,
1．Launching daily “elevator barge HDS service” between Chongqing and Shanghai since Feb 25. Equipped with specific ship type, our barge vessel is able to rapidly climb over three gorges dam by dam elevator. The passing time is reduced to 40 minutes or an hour. The waiting time is dramatically reduced to less than 1 day.
Elevator Barge HDS service
Chongqing to Shanghai
Shanghai to Chongqing
We ensure the transit time and commit 300 CNY / unit / day for more than 1 day’s delay.
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2．Applying river rail intermodal transportation, under which containers will be barged between Shanghai and Wuhan，then using railway between Wuhan and Chengdu.
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