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Ningbo-Zhoushan is a large, deep-water port and city in Zhejiang Province (eastern China). Zhoushan is also a Prefecture and archipelago. The city proper (Dinghai District) is on Zhoushan Island. Prefecture's total population is over 1,15 million, of whom around 845,000 live in the districts Dinghai (Zhoushan Island) and Putuo (Shanghai Municipality).
Zhoushan Archipelago New Area is a newly formed state-level unit with land area approx 1440 km2 (556 mi2). Zhoushan City became a prefecture-level city in 1987 after the counties Dinghai and Putuo were upgraded to districts. Zhoushan is ranked China's largest archipelago - 1390 islands, of which 103 inhabited year-round. The six largest islands are Zhoushan (503 km2), Daishan (119 km2), Liuheng (109 km2), Jintang (82 km2), Zhujiajian (76 km2) and Qushan (74 km2).
Port Ningbo-Zhoushan combines four principal ports - Ningbo Harbor (river port, code CNNGB), Zhoushan (seaport, code CNZOS), Beilun (seaport, code CNBEI) and Zhenhai (estuary port, code CNZHH). Ningbo-Zhoushan is currently ranked the world's largest cargo port by annual tonnage.
Across Hangzhou Bay, the port faces Jiaxing and Shanghai. It is located at the main crossroads (connecting north-south China) and also on China's busiest coastal shipping route. The port is managed by Ningbo Zhoushan Port Co Ltd. The company is SSE-listed, with main shareholder (76,31%) Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group Co Ltd (state-owned).
Most of the Ningbo-Zhoushan port trade is imports - raw materials and manufactured goods from North America, South America, and Oceania. The port is connected with 560+ seaports in 90+ countries worldwide. The port is multi-purpose (serving all types of cargo and passenger ships) and consists of several large harbours (river, estuary and coastal). The infrastructure includes 191 berths (docking facilities), of which 39 are deep-water (with the capacity to handle vessels with DWT 10,000+ tons). At the larger seaports are built crude oil terminal, ore loading (bulk cargo) terminal, containership terminal, chemical (liquid bulk) terminal.
In 2012, the port handled 744 million cargo tons and 16.83 million TEUs (containers). In 2015, here were handled nearly 889 million cargo tons.
Ningbo-Zhoushan cruise terminal
Most cruise ships dock at Port Zhoushan (on Zhoushan Island's central-southern coast).