Shanghai targets 47 million TEUs per year through growth and automation

Shanghai is the world’s largest container with 43.5 million TEUs in 2020 (file photo)

Posted on Jul 9, 2021 3:12 PM by

The maritime executive

Already the busiest container port in the world, Chinese authorities have announced an ambitious plan to further expand Shanghai by 2025. Efforts to expand regional port operations and improve the use of technology are part of the fourteenth five-year plan which also includes cruise ships. air travel and operations.

Shanghai’s international influence continues to grow, according to Yu Fulin, director of the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission, who detailed the new five-year plan for the region. Over the past five years, the plan notes that Shanghai has become an international shipping hub and gained the preliminary ability to allocate global shipping resources.

Despite the impact of the pandemic on shipping in the first half of 2020, Shanghai saw a slight increase in overall container throughput to 43.5 million TEUs last year. That was only up half a percent from 2019, but was more than enough to maintain Shanghai’s position as the busiest container port for more than a decade. The port recorded solid gains in transshipments and domestic volumes during the year.

Container throughput at the port of Shanghai hit a record 4.2 million TEU in October, an increase of 15.7 percent year-on-year, according to official data released by Chinese authorities. The new record surpassed 3.9 million TEUs in July and also made Shanghai the first container port to surpass the 4 million TEU mark in a single month.

The new plan foresees an overall growth of eight percent in TEU volumes at the port over the five-year period. By 2025, they predict that Shanghai will process 47 million TEUs per year.

“In accordance with the new strategy of the central government, and following the new requirements for development as a shipping center, Shanghai will do its best to build a hub and a strategic link under the new dual development model. circulation, government officials said according to the China Daily. “Shanghai will transform into a world-class international shipping hub with convenience, high efficiency, comprehensive functions, environmental friendliness and strong guarantees. here 2025. “

Among the projects outlined by the plan are efforts to optimize operations, further integrate port operations in the region and introduce new technologies to improve maritime transport services. They are also looking to improve cruise port operations.

Building on current automation efforts at the port, the government aims to expand container handling to the automated terminal. The terminal is currently capable of handling up to five million TEUs per year through automated operations, with the goal of processing 30 million TEUs over the next five years. They also plan to increase the automated capacity to seven million TEUs per year.

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