The multimodal transport industry is inherently complicated the very nature of the business makes it so intemationally it has developed very rapidly and is continuing to do so Domestically,China has made a good start with sahanghai,Guang zhou and dalian as its multimodal transport hubs.
It is leamed from official sources that china‘s shipping development target for coming years has been set forth as follows;to continue expanding the investment scale of shipping construction and to enhance the reform of shipping industry so as to attain the three-phased general goal;
For all that there has been a great improvement in china‘s highway transport in the ninties,the present condition still lags far behind the actual demand set forth by the country‘s economic development,
China‘s govemment has recently given top prionity to its railway traffic,a tremendous sum of 245 billio rmb yuan has been put aside for building new railways and reinforeing the existent trunk lines so as to form a relatively reasonable railway network in china.
At the ‘98 shipping exposition held in stamford,connecticut USA ACTA Maritime president,richard thorsen,unveiled speedport for the first time,it is a concept of new container terminal and operating system,which takes full advantage of natural time motion relationships and the latest computer and robotic technologies.
When a panel of top logistics specialists look a decade into the future,they see accelerating demands on their supply chains to deliver better products faster and cheaper and in diverse global markets.
Container ships of 8000TEU capacity or higher will soon enter commercial service on major shipping routes,if ,of course,their economics can be proven one of the keys to the successful introduction of these vessels will be the attainment of high port productivities.
The us senate on april 21 approved the ocean ship ping reform act of 1998,which amends the 1984 shipping act in certain key areas.one of the most significant changes is that details of major provisions of carrier-shipper contracts,including rates,service commitments and liquidated damages will be kept confidetial,for the first time.