Qinhuangdao was named after the Emperor of Qin dynasty who, according to legend, came to this area in search of the elixir of life. Port of Qinhuangdao is located to the west of the Bohai Bay, with Yanshan Mountain to the north. It enjoys favorable natural conditions including a broad harbor area, deep water, mild wind, tranquil waves and an ice-free climate.
The port is operated by Qinhuangdao Port Co.,Ltd. which is a subsidiary company of Hebei Port Group. It is a comprehensive international trade port chiefly for energy cargo transportation. The east harbor focuses on energy cargo transportation and owns a world class modern coal terminal. The west harbor, equipped with advanced terminals, mainly deals with bulk cargo and container loading and container handling.
The port now has 46 operation berths, an can handle a max vessel size of 150,000dwt and an annual capacity of 223 million tons - including 193 million tons for coal, 14.8 million tons for bulk cargo, 15.6 million tons for petrochemical products and 750,000TEU for containers.
Located in Tangshan city, the port of Cao Fei Dian is operated by TangShan Caofeidiandian Shiye Port Co., Ltd., with Hebei Port Group being owning the largest share.
The port has, since 2005, developed two ore terminals. The first has two 250,000 dwt ore berths, two 500,000 dwt bulk cargo berths and is capable of a capacity of 33.5 million tons. The second has two 250,000 dwt ore berths and a capacity of 32 million tonnes. These terminals make the port a significant point of ore transit in China.
Meanwhile, a five coal berth terminal capable of 50 million tons was opened in 2009. The port is currently constructing a second coal terminal, which will involve five 50,000 dwt to 100,000 dwt berths specializing in coal, and capable of a capacity of 50 million tons. Altogether, this new expansion has a total investment of 5.4 billion Yuan.
The city of Huang Hua is situated in the Cangzhou area of Hebei province. The port of Huang Hua was officially opened in August 2010 - only 500 hundred days after construction began - and is an integral part of the economic strategy for the region.
The port sits on the west shore of Bohai Sea Gulf, near the boundary between Hebei province and Shandong province. It is 60 sea miles east of Tianjin and 149 sea miles west of Longkou in Shandong province. With the proximity of Tianjin and Beijing, the port has access to a vast economic hinterland and rich resources.
The newly-constructed infrastructure has an annual capacity of 18 million tons, with a total investment of 12.7 billion Yuan. It owns four general bulk cargo berths, four multiuse berths and auxiliary passages which allow for 100,000dwt vessels. Commodities passing through the harbor include ore, steel, coal, fertilizer, grain and cement.
Hebei Port Group is continuing construction, and aims by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan to reach an overall capacity of 200 million tons and 1.5 million TEU.