Complete value chain for cargo owners and shipping lines.
Xinghua Port Group in PRC has built up strong trust in providing vital integrated logistics hub services from its two ports in Changshu City. They serve as the hub for import cargoes such as pulp and paper and logs for robust domestic markets, and exports of high-value finished steel products and equipment. The ports’ strategic location on the Changjiang (Yangtze) River Delta is a key competitive edge, both as an international port and as a cargo transshipment gateway for eastern and central parts of the PRC.
port integrated logistics hub
Our adjoining ports have a total of 16 multi-purpose berths to handle vessels up to 85,000 dwt.
NEXT Gateway to the Changjiang (Yangtze) River Delta
Gateway to the Changjiang (Yangtze) River Delta
Serving markets in PRC's biggest economic zone.
Helmed by an experienced and dynamic management team, Xinghua Port Group operates two adjacent ports - Changshu Xinghua Port Co Ltd (CXP) and Changshu Changjiang International Port Co Ltd (CCIP).
CXP and CCIP
The first phase of development of the CXP port was completed in November 1996 with a three-berth facility. Since then, it has undergone several stages of development to the current eight berths of 1.54 km long.
In early 2014, CCIP was acquired. This second port extended the continuous berth length under the Group’s management by more than a kilometre to 2.57 km and doubled the berth size to 16 berths. Warehousing space expanded by 60% to over 181,000 sq metres.
The integration of CXP with CCIP has reaped much operational synergies. Despite the slowdown in the Chinese economy and keen competition from neighbouring ports, CXP has seen robust cargo growth.
Safety is the highest priority
Even as cargo volumes expand, the Group maintains the highest priority over the safety of its employees. Safe work practices have become a part of daily life at the port. Work processes are monitored. Controls and strict supervision have also been instituted to eliminate risks at the workplace. CXP has maintained OHSAS 18001 and ISO 9001:2008 certification for quality management. The same certifications are intended for CCIP.
A Calculated Plunge
The success story of Changshu.
In the early 1990s, Pan-United took a calculated plunge into uncharted waters in Changshu. The Chinese city was then an underdeveloped county scouting for foreign investors. PanU founder Ng Kar Cheong took just 30 minutes to spot the potential in a cotton field alongside the Changjiang (Yangtze) River.
One man’s foresight
The local government was hoping to build a coal terminal. Mr Ng walked along the river and proposed a larger ambition: An international port. He observed that the site was only 54 nautical miles from the river mouth. It enjoyed silt-free waters and was blessed with a very deep 13.3 metre draught. Perfect attributes of a deep-water port! It was only 90 km west of Shanghai and 40 km north of Suzhou.
At that time, shipping traffic to PRC was low. Many Yangtze River ports were making losses. The central government had yet to liberalise rules on port investments, particularly foreign investments. Changshu was without a port. That impeded its growth when other coastal cities were racing ahead.
Building a greenfield port
In 1994, the Changshu government and PanU joined hands in a common vision to propel the city’s economic development. Together they would set up an international port and attract port-dependent industries to Changshu.
The first two years were the toughest. There was absolutely no cargo to attract vessels, and no vessels to attract cargo. The greenfield project had to secure layers of approvals from provincial and central authorities, and overcome the lack of local infrastructure.
Mr Ng’s son, Patrick, pushed on, undeterred. The local government lent strong support. The port welcomed its first vessels in 1997, the same year that the Asian financial crisis broke out.
Camaraderie and perseverance pay off
In 2014, volumes swelled to more than 10.0 million tones and over 90,000 TEUs and the port’s infrastructural capabilities catalysed the economic transformation of the Changshu economy. Its 10th anniversary was a great cause for celebration. The grand event was graced by none other than the then-Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.
Port and Logistics Solutions
The trusted hubbing partner to our customers.
Our two adjacent ports are CXP and CCIP, known as the Xinghua Port Group. They offer comprehensive port and logistics solutions for international and domestic shipping companies and cargo owners.
A superior port
A total of 16 berths offer full flexibility for both domestic and international cargo operations. Vessels of up to 85,000 dwt can berth along a total berth length of 2.57 km with a deepwater draught of up to 13.3 metres. Total annual cargo handling design capacity stands at 15.5 million tonnes.
Ample warehousing, bonded and stacking yard space
The port area spans a land area of 1.36 sq km. Besides hard ground yard space of nearly half a million square metres, the port offers modern warehousing space as well as bonded warehousing facilities. A wide range of value-creating services is provided by well-trained staff. The relevant government bureaus are located within the port premises to provide convenient one-stop cargo clearances without incurring delays.
A comprehensive suite of highly efficient services including:
Handling of the full range of containerised general cargoes, project equipment, and breakbulk cargoes such as pulp and paper, steel plates, logs and other general cargoes
Stack yard leasing
Warehousing and bonded warehousing
Container vanning and de-vanning
Ancillary services, such as tallying, trucking and barging
Modern equipment include:
Rubber tyre gantry cranes
Mobile harbor cranes