Dalian Port

Dalian Port ( Chinese:大连港 ) is located in Dalian City in Northeast China. Established in 1899, the port was once an ice-free port competed by Russia and Japan, and its strategic position is very important. It is also China’s military port, one of the berthing ports of Chinese aircraft carriers.

It is also the largest multi-purpose port in Northeast China, serving North Asia, East Asia and Pacific Rim ports. It is the trade gateway from Northeast China to the Pacific Ocean.

In 2015, Dalian Port had a water area of ​​346 square kilometers, a core port area of ​​about 18 square kilometers, and a bonded port area of ​​6.88 square kilometers.

In 2017, the cargo throughput of Dalian Port was 451 million tons.

Overview Dalian Port
Overview Dalian Port


7 years of Tsarist Russia rule

  • 1896: During the Sino-Russian War, China failed. According to the terms of the “Sino-Russian Secret Treaty”, Dalian Bay was divided by Tsarist Russia.
  • March 1898: Dalian Bay was taken as its own due to the signing of the “Lvda Land Lease Treaty” between Russia and China.
  • 1899: Tsarist Russia began to build Dalian Commercial Port.

Japanese rule

  • 1904: After the Russo-Japanese War, Dalian Port was occupied by Japanese troops.
Dalian Port
Dalian Port

Soviet Union period

  • 1945: Dalian Port was taken over by the Soviet Red Army.

New China period

  • 1951: The Soviet Army officially handed over Dalian Port to the Chinese government.
  • 1976: Dalian Port built China’s first large-scale crude oil export terminal in Catfish Bay, and Dalian Port began large-scale construction.
  • In the 1980s, Dalian Port expanded the Xianglujiao port area, and opened up the Monk Island and Dayaowan deep-water port areas.
  • 1992: 4 large container and general berths in Dayao Bay of Dalian Port were put into production.
  • 2001: Dalian Port entered the ranks of China’s 7 billion-ton large ports.
  • 2003: The State Council of China approved the pilot program of the Dalian Port Free Trade Zone.
Dalian Port aerial view
Dalian Port aerial view

New port area

  • July 28, 2005: The old port area of ​​Dalian Port began to be relocated and reconstructed.
  • November 21, 2007: The relocation and demolition project of Dalian Port was completed.
  • October 18, 2018: The Dalian Port-Liaoning-China-Europe Express train opened.
  • April 12, 2019: Dalian Port was included in the list of China’s industrial heritage protection.

Hardware facilities

Dalian Shipyard

Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Group Co., Ltd. is located in Dalian Port and has two shipyards in Dalian Port. China’s first Liaoning aircraft carrier was processed at the Dalian Shipyard.

2 aircraft carriers anchored in Dalian Port, Shandong and Liaoning
2 aircraft carriers anchored in Dalian Port, Shandong and Liaoning


As of July 2019, Dalian Port has more than 100 modern professional berths for containers, crude oil, refined oil, bulk mines, grain, coal, ro-ro, etc., and more than 70 berths above 10,000 tons.


As of July 2019, Dalian Port has a 350,000-ton professional ore terminal, a 150,000-ton water transfer terminal, and a 550,000 square meter rear yard, which can store 8.5 million tons of ore at a time.

Cranes in Dalian Port
Cranes in Dalian Port

Main business

According to the official website of Dalian Port in May 2020, Dalian Port is mainly engaged in the loading and unloading of crude oil, refined oil and liquid chemicals, storage and transportation services, and passenger transportation services.

Passenger and cargo volume

  • In 2010, Dalian Port completed a cargo throughput of 30083 million tons.
  • In 2012, Dalian Port achieved a total cargo throughput of 374 million tons.
  • In 2013, Dalian Port achieved a total cargo throughput of 408 million tons, and a container throughput exceeded 10 million TEUs.
  • In 2014, Dalian Port actually completed a cargo throughput of 351 million tons and a container throughput of 10.01 million.
  • In 2015, Dalian Port achieved a total cargo throughput of 415 million tons.
  • In 2016, Dalian seaport achieved a cargo throughput of 75.427 million tons.
  • In 2017, Dalian Port achieved a cargo throughput of 451 million tons.
Shipyard in Dalian Port
Shipyard in Dalian Port

Dalian Port Data

East Asia
In use
Official name
Other name
Dalian Port
Dalian Bay, Dalian City, Liaoning Province, China
China Dalian Port Group Co., Ltd.
Sea area
Yellow Sea
Port type
Deepwater seaport
Port code
21000600(JT/T 24-2015), CNDAG(GBT15514-2015)
Water area
346 km² (2015)
Size of port
18 km² (2015)
Annual container volume
9.7 million TEU (2018)
Annual cargo tonnage
451 million tons (2017)
Year of opening

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