The port of Shanghai is located at the Yangtze River basin; it is managed by Shanghai International Port Group and is the exclusive operator of all of the terminals in the port. The group became a shareholding company in 2005. The Shanghai Board of Directors and Board of Supervisors oversee the President of the port. The Chairman of the port is Chen Xuyan and the Vice Chairman is Su Xingang.
The Shanghai Port’s location in the middle of China’s eastern coastline provides it a strategic geographic location. In 2010, the port became the busiest port in the world, overtaking Singapore, with 29 million Twenty Foot Equivalent Units passing through every year. There are three main terminals in the Shanghai port: Wusongkou, Waigaoqiao, and Yangshan.
Its facilities include 125 berths, 293 thousand square meters of warehouses, 4.7 million square meters of storage yards, and 5,143 units of cargo handling equipment. Over 2,000 container ships depart from the port every month and the port has over more than 500 million metric tons. The opening of the Yangshan Deepwater Port near Shanghai has been the number one factor causing it to grow.
The Shanghai Port also has non container subunits classified in the following categories: SIPG Coal Branch, SIPG Zhuanghuabang Company, Jungong Road Branch, Baoshan Terminal Branch, Longwu Branch, Luojing Subsidary, and Luojing Ore Terminals. Each has its own specialty in handling cargo goods.
The Coal Branch handles coals, sands, gravels; Zhuanghuabang specializes in bulk and heavy items like steel products and collosal equipment; Jungong Road Branch handles iron, steel, pulp, vehicles, bulk items, and equipment containers; Baoshan Terminal Branch manages bulk and breakbulk cargoes of home and foreign trade; the Longwu Branch manages the handling, storage, and distribution and freight agency services of various goods; Luojing Subsidiary primarily handles iron ore; and Luojing Ore Terminal also specializes in transporting ore.