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Ningbo Zhoushan Port handles 95.65 million tons of cargo in April, up by 2.98 percent year-on-year. [Photo/cnnb.com.cn] 

Ningbo Zhoushan Port - the world's largest port by throughput volume for 11 years in row - has now restored most of its handling capacity.

Situated in East China's Zhejiang province, the port handled 95.65 million tons of cargo in April, up by 2.98 percent year-on-year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Transport. 

Meanwhile, it handled 2.14 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units or TEUs – the standard 20 foot shipping container - over the month, which was only 4.8 percent less than a year ago. 

The strong results are largely due to the port operator's efforts in business expansion. 

The port has ramped up cooperation with large shipping companies, increasing the total number of container routes to 245. It has also seen a steady growth in the operations capacity of its main port areas. 

Four new bridge cranes capable of operating the world's largest container ship have been added to the Chuanshan port area. 

As of the end of April this year, a total of 69 ships each with a capacity of more than 20,000 TUEs were unloaded at the port, representing a yearly uptick of 26.1 percent. 

The port has also made significant efforts to develop integrated sea-railway transportation. Railways-transported goods are offloaded onto trains in Ningbo and then transported to overseas countries by sea and vice versa.

Officials said that on April 15 the new Chuanshan port area was inaugurated, which is especially designed for the sea-rail combined transport.

In April, Ningbo Zhoushan Port's sea-rail combined transport business volume amounted to 78,000 containers, an increase of 14.8 percent on the same month last year.