Qingdao Port

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The Port of Qingdao is a seaport on the Yellow Sea in the vicinity of Qingdao, Shandong Province, People's Republic of China. It is one of the ten busiest ports in the world (7th in 2019 considering total cargo volume).[1]

Qingdao port consist of four areas (often themselves referred to as port due to their being very large) - Dagang port area, Qianwan port area, Huangdong oil port area (for oil tankers) and Dongjiakou (Simplified: 董家口) port area, the latter being located 40 kilometres south of Qingdao city.[2]

Beside including the Qingdao Qianwan Container Terminal and the Qingdao Cosport International Container Terminal, located in different areas, Qingdao also has a large terminal for handling iron ore.[3]


In 2011 the Qingdao Port, together with three other Chinese ports in East China's Shandong province, signed a strategic alliance with the largest port of the Republic of Korea (ROK). The alliance is jointly formed by Shandong's Qingdao Port, Port of Yantai, Port of Rizhao, Port of Weihai and the ROK's Port of Busan, aiming to build a shipping and logistics center in Northeast Asia. [4]

In May, 2014, Qingdao Port International Co. Ltd announced it is seeking to raise up to US$377 million in a Hong Kong initial public offering.

In August 2014, it was revealed that the firm received two lawsuits from the global warehousing firm Pacorini Logistics claiming a total of $58.4 million. This followed the lawsuit the firm had already been subject to from CITIC Resources.[5]

The port is part of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road that runs from the Chinese coast to Singapore, towards the southern tip of India to Mombasa, from there through the Red Sea via the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean, there to the Upper Adriatic region to the northern Italian hub of Trieste with its connections to Central Europe and the North Sea.[6][7][8][9][10]

A world's first suspended monorail capable of carrying fully loaded 20' and 40' containers has been under construction since 2020 at the Port of Qingdao, the first phase of which was put into operation in 2021.[11][12]


  1. ^ Statistik
  2. ^ "About Dongjiakou port". Qingdao Port International Co. Ltd. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  3. ^ "For clue where iron ore's heading, watch China port holdings". Financial Review. Retrieved 2015-12-21.
  4. ^ "Four Chinese ports ally with ROK's largest port". Marine News China. 29 September 2011. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  5. ^ Qingdao Port says unit sued by Pacorini for $58.4 million amid fraud probe. Reuters, August 2014
  6. ^ New Qingdao model of BRI cooperation
  7. ^ Qingdao Port became the first port in the country whose sea-rail combined transport exceeded one mil
  8. ^ Marcus Hernig: Die Renaissance der Seidenstraße (2018) pp 112.
  9. ^ Can the New Silk Road Compete with the Maritime Silk Road?
  10. ^ Bao Jianga, Jian Lib, Chunxia Gong "Maritime Shipping and Export Trade on “Maritime Silk Road”" In: The Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics, Volume 34, Issue 2, June 2018, Pages 83-90.
  11. ^ "Qingdao Port smart system a world first". China Daily. 17 November 2020. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  12. ^ "World's first smart container transport system put into use at east China's Qingdao Port 全球首個智能集裝箱運輸". Retrieved 4 July 2021.

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Coordinates: 36°05′00″N 120°19′01″E / 36.0833°N 120.317°E / 36.0833; 120.317