The Port of Zhanjiang is blessed with a natural deep-water harbor, and it is the closest harbor to many international markets in Southeast Asia, Oceana, and Europe with trading relationships with over 100 countries.
From 1956, the Port of Zhanjiang was involved in expansion and construction of port facilities. The harbor can accommodate vessels up to 280 thousand DWT. The port handles a wide range of cargoes including grains, bulk cargo, petroleum, liquid chemicals, and containers. In 2006, the Port of Zhanjiang handled over 35.5 million tons and 182 thousand TEUs in foreign cargoes and more than 50 million tons of domestic cargoes.
The Port of Zhanjiang contains a terminal devoted to grains, general and breakbulk cargoes, passengers, and ship repairs. In 2006, this terminal handled 8.8 million tons of cargo. A second terminal is devoted to handling iron ore, with total capacity for 12.7 million tons annually. In 2006, this terminal handled 8 million tons of cargo. A third terminal contains a production berth, ship repair and landing craft wharf, coal berth, ore mineral berth, and breakbulk berth. In 2006, the terminal handled over 10.7 million tons of cargo.
Guangdong Zhanjiang Harbor Limited is responsible for a production berth, 35 crude oil berths, four refined oil berths, a special-purpose berth, and two berths for wood chips. Total capacity for Guangdong Zhanjiang Harbor Limited is over 26 million tons of cargo. In 2006, 18.8 million tons of cargo passed through this terminal.
Sea Zhanjiang Harbor handles containerized cargo with capacity for 700 thousand TEUs per year. In 2006, it handled 182 thousand TEUs. The waterfront area, containing the Port of Zhanjiang’s economic development zone, contains a fifth terminal with a production berth and berths for breakbulk cargoes. In 2006, it handled more than 1.3 million tons of cargo.
Major cargoes handled by the Port of Zhanjiang include coal, petroleum, mineral ores, non-metallic ores, chemical fertilizers and other agricultural chemicals, grains, non-ferrous metals, industrial chemicals, steel products, medical products, and lumber.