Singapore 's Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong visited Wuhu Sanshan Port, a joint venture between Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation (Keppel T&T) and Sinotrans Ltd, on 14 September 2012, as part of his trip to Anhui, China.
His visit was part of Singapore's broader engagement of Chinese provinces to seek new opportunities for cooperation, such as Keppel T&T's port project in Wuhu City.
Wuhu Sanshan Port, Keppel T&T's second partnership with Sinotrans Group, will serve Wuhu City, Anhui province and the central region of China. When completed, it will also be one of the largest inland grade one river ports in the Anhui province.
Mr Vincent Ko, CEO, Logistics China of Keppel T&T, said, "This is the first time Keppel T&T is bringing its ‘one-stop' integrated port logistics model, which has been practised at our Lanshi Port in the Pearl River Delta region for 18 years, to the Yangtze River. In line with Keppel T&T's five-year development strategy, we will also explore other opportunities to provide integrated port logistics services in the central and western regions of China."
With a land area of 553,000 sm and four 10,000 deadweight tonne berths, the port will have an annual handling capacity of more than seven million tonnes. When fully operational, it is expected to create 400 jobs.
For the first phase, two of the four berths are completed with trial operations to commence in early 2013 and full operations will start in 2014.
Wuhu Sanshan Port is strategically located near to industrial zones, such as Sanshan Linjiang Industrial Zone and Wuhu Yangtze Bridge Industrial Zone, thereby creating ‘road-rail-water' multi-modal transportation services for the region.
Apart from port operations, Wuhu Sanshan will also provide integrated logistics services such as international freight forwarding, bonded warehousing, customs declaration and other third party logistics services.
Wuhu City is the second largest economy in Anhui province and is located near the economic hubs of Shanghai and Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province.
In China, Keppel T&T has a significant presence through its subsidiary, Keppel Logistics (Foshan) (KLF). Formed in 1994, KLF is a joint venture between Keppel T&T and Sinotrans Guangdong Company. Over the years, KLF has grown steadily in tandem with Guangdong and China.
From its Lanshi port base, which is along Pearl River in Foshan, KLF provides a wide range of solutions and services such as port operations, international freight forwarding, Non Vessel -Operating Common Carrier, feeder service, warehousing and distribution, trucking service, supply chain solutions, third party logistics as well as other value-added services.
ESM Goh Chok Tong (extreme right) was briefed on Wuhu Sanshan Port by Mr Teo Soon Hoe (extreme left), Senior ED of Keppel Corporation and Chairman of Keppel T&T. ESM Goh was also accompanied by Mr Vincent Ko (second from right), CEO, Logistics China of Keppel T&T; Ms Hua Jianhui (third from right), Vice Governor of Anhui Province; Mr Pan Jian Zhong (fourth from right), Chairman of Wuhu Sanshan Port and Mr Goh Toh Sim (fifth from right), Chief Representative (China) of Keppel Corporation