1 April 2020

Intelligent growth of shipping in China

Central authorities of China, including the Ministry of Transport, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the Ministry of Crisis Management, the General Customs Administration, the State Administration for Market Regulation and the Chinese State Railways Group, have jointly issued guidelines for the intelligent development of shipping in China in the coming years. The guidelines aim to promote the integration of modern information technology, artificial intelligence and other innovative and advanced technologies into the shipping sector.

According to the Guidelines, China aims to make significant progress in the ecological, intelligent and safe development of ports by 2025, to develop major world-class ports by 2035 and to create several world-class port clusters by 2050.

The guidelines list six main task sectors for port development, including improving the comprehensive capacity of port services, accelerating the construction of green ports, accelerating the development of smart ports, promoting port opening and integration, strengthening the construction of safe ports and improving the modernization of port management.

As planned, China expects to complete the development of top-level strategies for the development of intelligent shipping by the end of 2020. Subsequently, the GOC intends to make breakthroughs in key smart navigation technologies and become a global centre for smart navigation development and innovation by 2025. In addition, China intends to further improve intelligent maritime transport services, safety, environmental protection and efficiency by 2035 and to develop a high quality intelligent maritime transport system by 2050. China has also issued a plan to support the development of its ports and intends to establish several world-class port clusters by 2050.

China Merchants Port and Tencent have agreed to jointly promote a smart port platform, smart port operations, automated terminals and other innovative technologies in the port sector to provide smarter, more convenient, efficient and greener port services.

Source: China Merchants Port, PRC Administration