Registered ships in China reach 96 million GT in 2008

In 2008, China had 250,000 ships registered, at 96 million gross tons, of which 20,925 were ocean ships, weighing 44 million tonnes; the other 230,000 ships, serving on rivers, totalled 52 million tonnes.

As of the end of 2008, there were 198 international shipping companies and 1,118 domestic companies, all with valid certificates; while there were 1,420 international ships and 6,183 domestic ships, all with valid safety management certificates. Liu Gongchen, Deputy Director of the Maritime Safety Administration, Ministry of Transport, said China’s unified registration system had recorded a total of 133,392 ship registrations last year, which results in the sum of 250,000 ships registered in China.

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