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Old July 3rd, 2013, 02:16 PM   #341
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Shipping services suspended by tropical storm Rumbia

HAIKOU, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Shipping services on the Qiongzhou Strait, a waterway that connects China's Hainan and Guangdong provinces, were suspended Monday due to the arrival of strong tropical storm Rumbia.

Rumbia strengthened from a tropical storm to a strong tropical storm at 10 a.m., leading local authorities to ask boats to return to harbor, according to the command center of the marine affairs bureau of Haikou, capital of Hainan.

Thirteen inbound or outbound flights were canceled at the Haikou Meilan International Airport as of 3 p.m. due to the storm, according to the airport.

The Guangdong railway bureau said train services on the Donghuan high-speed railway in coastal Hainan have suspended, adding that 20 trains that have already departed from or are due to arrive in Hainan have been forced to make route changes.

Packing winds of 90 km per hour, the storm is moving northwest at a speed of 25 to 30 km per hour and is expected to land near Guangdong's city of Zhanjiang or Hainan's city of Wenchang late Monday, according to the Hainan provincial weather forecast station.
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Shanghai - Shanghai moved in June to 2.7 million TEUs, the same volume of the same period last year, but down 5.7 percent from the month of May 2013.

In the first six months of the year, according to statistics of the Shanghai International Port (SIPG), the airport handled a total of 16.3 million TEUs, an increase of 3 percent over the same period of 2012.

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Old September 2nd, 2013, 06:06 PM   #343
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China COSCO confident of returning to profit in 2013 - chairman

HONG KONG, Aug 30 (Reuters) - China's largest bulk shipper, China COSCO Holdings Co Ltd , is confident of turning a profit for the full year of 2013 after reporting a narrower first-half net loss as the global dry bulk market improves in the second half.

"In the second half, the performance of the dry bulk shipping industry will be better than the first half due to a narrowing gap between supply and demand," COSCO's chairman, Ma Zehua, said during a media teleconference on Friday, a day after it reported a first-half net loss of 990 million yuan ($162 million).

He also said the company would control operational costs to improve its financial situation.

The company, controlled by state-owned China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company, has posted losses for two consecutive years, and posting a loss for a third year - ending Dec. 31 - would trigger delisting from the Shanghai stock exchange.
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Old April 1st, 2014, 10:13 PM   #344
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Cities seek hub status on Maritime Silk Road
Creation of a sea trading corridor promises wealth of opportunities

China's coastal provinces are trying to become the key hubs along the new "Maritime Silk Road", a national initiative aimed at strengthening cooperation with the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Fujian is one of the areas that has been actively engaged in developing its ports, particularly the one in Quanzhou, a city recognized by UNESCO as the starting point of the maritime road, said Zheng Xincong, mayor of Quanzhou.



"Although the pertinent authorities are still doing research to decide which provinces will be involved, Quanzhou is in full swing to upgrade the ancient port," Zheng said, adding that improving the port's customs clearance is high on the agenda of the local government.

With current cargo capacity of over 1.7 million TEUs, or 20-foot equivalent units, the Quanzhou port has embarked on a large infrastructure development program to increase total capacity.

The port, at an important location on the sea transport network, has opened about 130 shipping routes, establishing trade with 28 countries and regions that include Indonesia and the Philippines.

Xia Guoji, a Quanzhou Port Authority official, suggested that the Quanzhou government collect documents about the port's Shihu Area to submit to the State Council for approval as a free-trade port
"A free-trade port that will offer great convenience for trade and investment plays a crucial role in building a modern 'Maritime Silk Road', and the Shihu Area, which did well in container service, is the ideal area for free-trade port policies," Xia said.

Apart from Fujian, South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and Hainan province are also making efforts to develop a maritime industry.

Chen Wu, chairman of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, said the Maritime Silk Road idea brings a golden opportunity to Guangxi, considering ASEAN has been Guangxi's largest trade partner for 13 consecutive years.

The region will enhance joint exploitation of the maritime space of the Beibu Gulf with Vietnam and work on a tourism project that allows people to travel between Guangxi and the ASEAN countries on cruise ships, according to Chen.

Zheng Junjian, secretary-general of the China-ASEAN Expo Secretariat, said this year's expo, which will be held in Nanning, capital of Guangxi, will highlight exhibitions and investment projects that involve maritime cooperation.

Luo Baoming, Party chief of Hainan, said the province is well-positioned to be a part of the new Maritime Silk Road project, given that it serves as the southern gate of the country, administering about 2 million square kilometers of the South China Sea.

Sansha, China's youngest and southernmost city, could become a hub and supply base, Luo said.

With its tropical climate and beautiful scenery, Sansha can jointly develop tourism with neighboring countries and gradually develop into a world-class travel spot and prompt economic ties with Southeastern Asian countries, Luo said.

Luo added that the Yangpu economic development zone, located on the northwestern coast of the province, has the potential to turn into the logistical and industrial base for the road.

The Yangpu zone has one 35,000-ton berth, one 20,000-ton berth and three 3,000-ton berths, with three 20,000-ton berths under construction, according to the zone's official website.

Experts suggest that different provinces should set up distinct projects to match their strategies.

"The Maritime Silk Road initiative triggered active responses from a group of provinces, but these provinces should plan in accordance with their own situations, rather than blindly following suit," said Liu Shuguang, a professor at Ocean University of China.

"For instance, since Fujian has developed trade relations with South Pacific countries, the province should focus on facilitating maritime exchanges with that region," Liu said.

Because the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region is in the Pan-Beibu Gulf Economic Rim, which involves such countries as Vietnam and Malaysia, Guangxi might concentrate on cooperation with those
countries, he said.
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Old June 12th, 2014, 05:33 AM   #345
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China to expand Yangtze transport capacity

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BEIJING, June 11 (Xinhua) -- China will build a multi-tier transport system along the Yangtze River to help boost construction of an economic belt along the waterway, the State Council said on Wednesday.

Better use of the so-called "golden waterway" can boost economic integration between developed and impoverished regions and inject fresh energy into China's economic growth, said a statement released after a State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang.

The country will dredge the Yangtze and increase the navigation capacity of the Three Gorges Dam, according to the statement.

China will build railways, roads and airports that have connections with ports along the Yangtze River to form a multi-tier transport network. It will improve oil and gas transportation facilities in the waterway.

The State Council said the country is also working on standardized ships adapted for the Yangtze and will encourage the development of energy-saving vessels.

The statement also stressed the significance of environmental protection during construction of the Yangtze River economic belt.

The river runs east to west over 6,300 km and is the world's third largest in terms of length and water volume. The waterway joins less developed inland provinces to prosperous Shanghai.

Official data showed that combined GDP of the 11 provinces and municipalities along the river amounted to 2.6 trillion yuan (415 billion U.S. dollars) last year, 41.2 percent of the national total.

In his report to the annual session of the National People's Congress in March, Li explained how China will exploit the waterway by developing an economic belt along its banks.

Waterway development could balance regional growth and encourage businesses to relocate from crowded coastal areas to less developed inland areas, according to the premier.
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Old September 8th, 2014, 04:48 PM   #346
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China Tries Natural Gas to Fuel Shippers on the Yangtze River
5 September 2014
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The first natural gas-fueling station for cargo ships is set to open on the mighty Yangtze River next month, as part of China's efforts to use cleaner energy sources and cut down on pollution.

The ships that travel on China's longest river currently burn diesel and bunker fuel, and that helps to shroud cities along the waterway with smog.

China Gas Holdings Ltd. is building the fuel terminal as a pilot project in the mega city of Chongqing. While a few ships have converted their engines to use natural gas, most that travel the Yangtze haven't, so it could take years before the switch to gas from oil takes off and makes an impact on global energy markets.

Still, global companies are already lining up to invest. Finland's Wartsila Corp. and Rolls-Royce PLC will provide the engine for Asia's first gas-powered tugboat, which will be built for state-run China National Offshore Oil Corp. by the end of this year. The tugboat will pull oil rigs and other large items from shipyards on the Yangtze's banks out to sea.

China wants to be the first country in Asia to adopt natural gas as a shipping fuel on a commercial scale, starting with river ships and then moving to international seafaring vessels. China's transport ministry aims to have 2,000 vessels, equivalent to just 2% of its inland fleet, running on natural gas by 2015. It wants that number to rise to 10,000 vessels by 2020.

The country is already the world's fastest-growing market for natural gas and much of the future demand is expected to come from road and water transportation.

The river deltas in the south and the east where the gas project will get its start are the country's industrial powerhouses. Factories along the Yangtze and the smoke-spewing vessels on the river itself make adjacent cities some of the worst-polluted in the country.

Vessels on the river will burn 3.36 million metric tons of bunker fuel a year by 2015, but using gas instead would cut some of the worst pollutants, including sulfur-oxide emissions by 90% to 95% and carbon-dioxide emissions by 20% to 25%, China Gas Holdings says.

The "initiative needs to be taken, like targeting the biggest and most polluting vessels," said analyst Abhishek Rohatgi of consulting firm Enerdata said.

And there are other challenges as well. Natural gas prices are much higher than diesel in Asia, and the Chinese government raised prices on the fuel last month. China is providing more infrastructure and subsidies for gas-powered shipping, though, and that is likely to lead to falling prices in the future.

"Current economic conditions within [China's] inland waterway transport have however been challenging, and are forcing some key industry participants to face continuous loss," said Mikael Simelius, vice president of marketing at Wartsila, which makes dual-fuel engines and LNG fuel supply systems. The company has already built and supplied two LNG-powered ships to Norway.

"As a result, it might take some time for the industry to match the government's targets," he said.

In the U.S., gas prices are low. LNG fuel for shipping costs about $10 a unit there, less than half the cost of diesel at $23 a unit, according to energy consulting firm Galway Group. In China, gas costs three times as much, while bunker fuel costs about $17 a unit.

"But these are mainly teething problems as China's gas shipping sector grows," said Irfan Choudhry, senior director at Galway Group. He said for the business to become viable, costs will have to come down, infrastructure will have to be developed and the right regulation will have to be in place.

For instance, the southwestern province of Jiangxi is providing subsidies to as many as 700 ships to be converted over to being gas-powered, said Zou De Liang, general manager at the Jiangxi unit of China Oil Gangran Energy Technology Co. Ltd.

China Oil Gangran is an electronics company that recently formed a joint venture around a patent to convert diesel-powered vessels to gas in Jiangxi province. The company claims its technology can save up to 30% in fuel costs.
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Chinese shipping merger could make waves
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A potential merger between the China Shipping Group Co and the China Ocean Shipping Co could shake up the global shipping market, according to a pair of maritime experts.

"There have been plenty of signals that this has been coming across," said Mark Szakonyi, executive editor with JOC.com, the Journal of Commerce website. "It's a merger that makes sense on multiple levels.

"Both companies have been propped up by financial subsidies from the government, and that's kind of pushing the merger," he told China Daily. "They're losing money because of overcapacity and the bad freight-rate market, so this is a way to possibly turn around their fortunes."

Basil Karatzas, president and CEO of Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co, a New York-based shipping finance and advisory firm, said: "The freight market is at a 30-year low, and a lot of ship owners are fighting for survival. Too many ships have been ordered and been built, and the world economies are not growing fast enough to absorb those vessels.

"So the state of the shipping market is very weak, and quite a few people, including major name private-equity firms, are calling for the market to consolidate," Karatzas added. "The overall theme of the industry is consolidation, and now you have these two big companies from China that are discussing a merger."

A deal could receive approval from the Chinese government as early as January, according to a Nov 18 report in The Wall Street Journal. China Shipping Group Co (CSG) and China Ocean Shipping Co (Cosco Group) have been working privately on a deal for several months.

The agreement has focused on a transaction involving the two companies' container-shipping units, sources told the Journal, but there is also interest in combining the two firms' other operations, including port operations.
Depending on which units are combined, the total value of the merger could exceed $20 billion, the Journal reported.
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Rough seas ahead for struggling shipyards
5 January 2016
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Experts sound alarm as first State-owned shipbuilder goes under in a decade

Shipyards in China will continue to lag behind their foreign rivals as cumbersome financing conditions and prolonged excess capacity continue to crimp industry profits and push smaller shipyards out, experts said.

Zhoushan Intermediate People's Court announced last week that it had accepted an application from Zhejiang Shipping Group Co to liquidate its subsidiary Wuzhou Shipbuilding and Maintenance Co, making it the first State-owned shipyard to go bankrupt since 2005.

Zhejiang Shipping said that the shipyard's bankruptcy was due to its massive debt burden of 911 million yuan ($140 million), including payment in arrears to workers, parts suppliers and taxation authorities.

Wuzhou Shipyard suspended operations after it delivered a 2,500 twenty-foot equivalent units container ship to Shanghai Zhonggu Xinliang Shipping Co in July. It also has one 2,500 TEU container ship, two barges and one tugboat which remain undelivered.

"Even though the total asset value of the Wuzhou shipyard is not significant, its status as a State-owned shipyard has increased concerns that more Chinese shipyards from both the private and State-owned sectors will face either bankruptcy or passive merger in 2016," said Dong Liwan, a shipping industry professor at Shanghai Maritime University.

Dong said the main products of the Wuzhou shipyard were all low value-added ships including small bulk vessels and container ships, both of which were hit hard by price fluctuations in 2015, with their prices cut by as much as 50 percent.

As the Wuzhou shipyard's main assets are State-owned land-use rights, office buildings, and shipbuilding and maintenance facilities, valued at around 534 million yuan, the court will appoint a receiver for the shipyard and convene a creditor's meeting soon.

More than 30 major large-scale shipyards went bankrupt over the past two years, according to the China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry, including Jiangsu-based Nantong Mingde Group Co and Jiangsu Daoda Marine Heavy Industry Co and Zhejiang Zhenghe Shipbuilding Co, all of which were capable of manufacturing high value-added ships such as chemical tankers and vehicle carriers.

Guo Dacheng, president of the Beijing-based association, said the government will continue to cut its vast shipyard network to get industrial growth back on a healthy track this year. Excessive size hampers the industry's earning ability amid low vessel prices, irrational expansion and speculation in the shipbuilding sector.

As China's policy banks, such as China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China, become more cautious in approving refund guarantees - particularly to small and medium-sized shipyards - Guo warned that unqualified shipyards should not even consider producing offshore engineering products such as oil rigs and offshore pipe-laying vessels for foreign customers.

"Small and medium-sized shipyards without orders or with a few orders will gradually withdraw from the market over the next five years," Guo said.

Chinese shipyards received orders for new vessels with a collective capacity of 23.58 dead weight tons between January and November in 2015, accounting for 28.7 percent of the global market share. South Korea's shipbuilding industry, a powerful rival of China's, held 38.8 percent of the global market share during the same period.
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Old March 17th, 2016, 04:35 PM   #349
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China to Bulid Another Polar Ship After Xuelong
Mar 11, 2016



Shipyard official says bidding on nation's second icebreaker due to start next month

Bidding for the construction of China's second polar research ship will start by the end of April and the new vessel will boast stronger icebreaking capabilities, said a senior official with one of the country's largest shipbuilders.

The ship's estimated budget will be more than 1 billion yuan ($153.5 million) and the construction is expected to take about two years, said Hu Keyi, technical director of Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co Ltd.
Hu, also a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, made the remarks on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the CPPCC on Wednesday.

The new ship is expected to provide huge support to China's scientific expeditions to the polar regions.

Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, is the only Chinese icebreaking research ship in service. Built in Ukraine in 1993, the ship was converted from an Arctic cargo ship to a polar research and supply vessel by China in the mid-1990s. The ship has undergone upgrading four times, two of them at Jiangnan Shipyard. It is now serving China's 32nd Antarctic expedition. It has also made voyages to the Arctic.

"The new vessel is designed from the very beginning in accordance with special polar research and supply requirements," Hu said.
"It is tailor-made and will boast stronger research capabilities and be more comfortable and environmentally friendly," he added.

Jiangnan Shipyard will be one of the several Chinese shipbuilders joining the bidding process. The Shanghai-based company is a historic shipyard, dating back to the late 19th century. As China's industrial working class was nurtured in Jiangnan, the shipyard has been regarded as the cradle of the country's national shipbuilding industry. It now builds, repairs and converts both civilian and military vessels.

"The competition process will be fierce, especially at a time when the whole shipbuilding industry is suffering from falling demand," Hu said.
Shipbuilding is one of the sectors suffering from overcapacity. More than 30 major large-scale shipyards went bankrupt over the past two years, according to the China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry.

"China has excess capacity in building conventional ships, but not in complex and high value-added ships," Hu said. "Adjusting production structure should be the key. The government should encourage domestic companies to develop vessels in areas such as security, science and research and engineering," Hu said in his proposal to the annual session.
Hu said Jiangnan Shipyard has "very healthy cash flow" due to its advantage in building high-end and special-purpose vessels, including liquefied gas tankers.

Dong Liwan, a shipping industry professor at Shanghai Maritime University, agreed.

Capable Chinese shipyards are now focusing on vessels with a higher value, such as liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas carriers. Some have also begun to develop new sectors, including marine fishing ships and law enforcement vessels, Dong said.

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No to shark fin: China’s biggest shipping line Cosco pledges total ban on carrying product
The announcement was made after a haul of endangered hammerhead shark fins was discovered on board their vessel, sparking outroar
July 23, 2016

The international shark fin trade has been dealt a body blow as China’s biggest shipping and *logistics company has pledged a total ban on their transportation.

In a letter addressed to the Hong Kong branch of the US-based wildlife conservation group WildAid obtained by the Sunday Morning Post, China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco Shipping) “pledges to implement” a “no shark fin” policy.

Kang Bingjian, a company spokesman, confirmed the letter and the policy change, but could not give a time frame for the move.

Cosco Shipping is the world’s fourth-largest container operator with 7.7 per cent of market share.

Earlier this month, a haul of endangered hammerhead shark fins weighing 880kg was discovered on board a vessel arriving from Panama owned by Cosco Shipping, prompting WildAid’s Alex Hofford to write to the company on July 15 urging it to “follow its industry competitors by acting legally, ethically and morally”.

Cosco’s policy change means 68 per cent of shipping firms have committed to stop carrying shark-fins. Two of the 19 biggest companies, France’s CMA CGM (third) and Taiwan’s Evergreen Line (fifth), carry fins only if they are not endangered.

Hong Kong accounts for 50 per cent of the global shark fin trade annually, according to WWF data.

Of that, 92 per cent was *imported by ship. Government data shows imports fell by 42 per cent between 2010 and 2015 to 5,717 tonnes.
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Xi'an set to tether China to the West through new port zone
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A key part of the Belt and Road Initiative in western China, Xi'an International Port Zone, launched on April 1 in Shaanxi province, aims to forge an inland port for reform and opening-up amid the anticipated increase in economic cooperation and cultural exchanges ahead, experts said.

Located in the delta area between the Bahe and Weihe rivers in northeastern part of Xi'an, the port zone, part of the China (Shaanxi) Pilot Free Trade Zone, borders the Bahe River in the west, extends to the railway in the north, reaches Xi'an-Hancheng Road in the east and joins the Third Ring Road and the Loop Road of Xi'an in the south.

Covering a planned area of 26.43 square kilometers, the port zone will incorporate several convenient transport facilities.

The free trade zone is one of seven pilot free trade zones approved by the central government at the end of August 2016, together with those of Liaoning, Zhejiang, Henan, Hubei, Chongqing and Sichuan.

Feng Zongxian, director of the graduate school of the Euro-Aisa Economic Forum and a professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University, said that in the past few years, the zone has already functioned as a free trade zone, which laid a solid foundation for approval from the government.
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Guangxi’s ports make the right connections
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Containers are stacked together for shipment at a port in Guangxi. A new Chongqing-Guangxi-Singapore link will provide quicker access to Southeast Asia and beyond for goods from central and western areas of China. (Asia News Photo)

On a scorching May morning, a 26-car freight train packed with motorcycles and paper products pulled into Qinzhou Port East Station, in the coastal city of Qinzhou in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

Arriving 48 hours after its departure from Chongqing on May 12, a southwestern city 1,480 kilometers from the terminus, the train ran on a new line that reduced travel time by more than two days.

But this was not the end of the journey for the cargo. After passing clearance procedures at Qinzhou Port, the goods were then transported another 2,600 km by boat to Singapore, which took roughly six days.

The train’s arrival at Qinzhou, part of the Guangxi Beibu Gulf Economic Zone, marked the commencement of the trial operation of the Southern Transport Corridor. The route connects Chongqing through Guangxi to Singapore.

Beibu Gulf Economic Zone comprises six cities: Nanning, Beihai, Qinzhou, Fangchenggang, Yulin and Chongzuo.

“The corridor will boost our trade activities with Southeast Asia, and even farther with Africa,” said Zhou Xiaoxi, chairman of Guangxi Beibu Gulf International Port Group, the State-owned company that manages Qinzhou Port.

Before the launch of the route, goods from western China to Southeast Asia were either delivered via scattered rail links to the Beibu Gulf area, or shipped eastward along the Yangtze River to Shanghai, before heading for the South China Sea to reach their destinations.

For cargo from Chongqing to Singapore, the detour through the Yangtze River to Shanghai takes an extra 2,100 km compared to the new channel. Altogether, the Chongqing-Guangxi-Singapore link now cuts travel time by more than 20 days.

“(The new route) will significantly shorten the distance, lower the logistics costs and allow the entire western (region of) China to have a new way to bypass potential bottlenecks at the Three Gorges Dam (on the Yangtze River),” said Chan Chun Sing, Singapore’s minister in the prime minister’s office, at a China-Singapore trade forum earlier this year.

With a location that makes it a crucial logistical node for the China-led Belt and Road Initiative, Guangxi aims to enhance connectivity between inland China and its trade partners in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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Source: Xinhua| 2017-12-10 19:50:32|Editor: Lifang

SHANGHAI, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Phase IV of Shanghai Yangshan Deep Water Port, the world's biggest automated container terminal, started trial operations on Sunday.
Located at the south of Donghai Bridge, phase IV of the Yangshan Port covers 2.23 million square meters and has a 2,350-meter shoreline.
Once it enters full operation, the fourth phase of the Yangshan Port will initially be able to handle 4 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). The number will expand to 6.3 million TEUs at a later stage.
The project uses automated handling equipment designed and manufactured in China. The machinery used in loading and unloading, including a bridge crane, an automated guided vehicle (AGV) and a rail-mounted gantry crane, are all made in China by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company.
A domestically developed automated management system is also used at the port to maintain safety and efficiency.
"The automated terminal not only increases the port's handling efficiency, but also reduces carbon emissions by up to 10 percent," said Chen Wuyuan, president of Shanghai International Port Group.
The port will help consolidate Shanghai port's standing as the world's busiest container port and further support Shanghai's efforts to become a world shipping center.
So far, the first set of machinery, including 10 bridge cranes, 40 rail-mounted gantry cranes and 50 AGVs, have been tested and put into trial operations. In the future, there will be 26 bridge cranes, 120 rail-mounted gantry cranes and 130 AGVs used at the Yangshan automated container port.

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Man, after watching the video, I want to call it "ghost port"
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Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company has built several fully automatic container ports around world, Xiamen, Qingdao, Rotterdam to name a few. Yangshan is the largest so far.

ZPMC is truly world leader in port building. Proudly built by China.
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China’s 1st Smart Ship Makes a Debut


China’s first smart ship, Great Intelligence, was presented this week at Marintec China 2017, Shanghai which hosted revelations of several innovative ship design concepts.

Great Intelligence, a 38,800 dwt modified version of the Green Dolphin fuel-efficient bulk carrier concept, was announced in 2015 as the first smart ship pilot project in China.
The ship was designed by Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) and built at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co. (GWS), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).

Lloyd’s Register (LR), System Engineering Research Institute (SERI) and China Class Society (CCS) were also involved in the project.
Great Intelligence features an intelligent navigation system which enables it to optimize shipping routes in order to reach the destination in shortest time and with minimal fuel consumption.

The best routes are selected based on the data collected from ship and shore-based service stations.
The “self-learning” ship can also spot dangers and identify system bugs.
However, it has been highlighted that “actions taken in response to any information provided by the Intelligent Navigation System shall be by human.” Other key features of the ship include:
Ship Operation and Maintenance System (SOMS) Health Management which is in charge of monitoring the ship’s main equipment performance;
SOMS Intelligent Integration Platform, which manages data, and makes analysis and forecasting,
SOMS Energy Efficiency Management, which monitors energy efficiency and provides analytics and optimisation and decision-making support.

Factory acceptance and sea trial tests for the Great Intelligence’s smart system took place last month and the ship’s smart system met the requirements.

During Marintec LR handed over the ship the cyber-enabled ship descriptive notes.

Qiu Bohua, Director, CSSC Systems Engineering Research Institute, Oceanic Intelligent Technology Innovation Centre, explained that the SOMS utilises advanced sensing technology to build the ship’s network.

“Moreover, SOMS builds the brain based on intelligent technologies such as machine learning. Finally, SOMS realises the intelligent application such as energy efficiency management system and health management system.”

“SDARI has been making effort to design ships that are safe, economic and efficient. Great Intelligence is one of those. We redesigned the ship as a digital ship, we didn’t just apply the smart systems. After the delivery, it will be an example what a smart ship is and make the shipping safer, more economical and more efficient,” Li Xin, Innovation Centre Smart Ship Project Team Vice Director of SDARI, said.

Great Intelligence will be used by Sinotrans Shipping to transport coal and salt between China, Australia and Southeast Asia, according to Xinhua.
The promotion was also used as an occasion for the formal establishment of the China Smart Ship Innovation Alliance.

The alliance, which includes China Classification society, CSSC, SERI and SDARI, among other members, aims to speed up technological advancement and industrial development of the smart ships.


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