The Port of Dalian (38° 55' N 121° 41' E) founded in 1899 lies at the southern tip of Liaodong Peninsula in Liaoning province and is the most northern ice-free port in China. It is also the largest multi-purpose port in Northeast China serving the seaports North Asia, East Asia and the Pacific Rim. It is the trade gateway to the Pacific. It is the second largest container transshipment hub in mainland China.
In 1972, the first containerships entered the Port of Dalian, and inaugurated China’s first container routes. In 1973, the port handled 21.5 million tons.
The Port of Dalian consists of Daliangang, Dalianwan, Xianglujiao, Nianyuwan, Ganjinzi, Heizuizi, Si'ergou and Dayaowan port areas. Port of Dalian is owned and managed by the state-owned Dalian Port Corporation Limited. It has established trading and shipping links with more than 300 ports in 160 countries and regions of the world. There are 68 international and domestic container shipping routes. Port of Dalian handles at least 100 million in cargo throughput annually.
In 2016, it was confirmed that the Port of Dalian would be part of the port sector consolidation undertaken by the Chinese government. Previously, the Dalian Container Terminal (DCT) controlled operations at seven container berths while the Dalian Port Container Terminal (DPCT) operated five container berths and the Dalian International Container Terminal operated two. In August 2017, all entities merged to form one operating entity under the DCT. All three of the previous entities had varying degrees of international investment including Nippon Yusen (Japan), Singapore Dalian Port Investment and PSA China.
In early 2017, it was reported that the Dalian Port and Yingkou Port Group would enter into a ‘corporation framework agreement’ to integrate port management in Liaoning province. The province would form a new company to run all ports with state-owned China Merchants Group to purchase a controlling stake.
The Port of Dalian is located on the Yellow Sea at 38°55′44″N and 121°39′17″. The port covers a water area of 346 km2 and a land area of nearly 15 km2. There are 160 km of specialized railway lines, 300,000 m2 of warehouses, 1.8 million km2 of stacking yards and over 1,000 units of different types of loading and discharging machinery and equipment.
The port has 80 modern berths in production. Out of the 80 berths, 38 are deep water berths for vessels of over 10,000 tonnes deadweight (DWT). The annual throughout was 64.17 million tons in 1995.
In 2016, cargo throughput for the Port of Dalian reached 355 million tons, which was 5.5% up from 2015.
Lifting capabilities are between 3 – 120 tons at working radius 3 – 30 meters. The Port of Dalian's DCT, DPCM, and DICT have a total of 13 berths with alongside depths from 9.8 to 16 meters (32.2 to 52.5 feet) 
The port is around 503.55 mi (932.58 km, from Koje (South Korea) To Dalian (China). The sailing time is estimated 1 day sea