THE two-day Trans-Pacific Maritime Asia Conference was held in Shenzhen yesterday, bringing together more than 600 representatives from 30 countries and regions to find new value in the shipping container supply chain through efficiency and innovation.
It is the 11th year that the city has hosted the influential annual Asian shipping event.
The representatives, including ship owners, ship managers, operators, agents and brokers, maritime suppliers and equipment suppliers, will discuss various important topics such as the economic environment for container shipping and the slack shipping market.
During the opening speech, Liu Qingsheng, a member of the Standing Committee of Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPC, said Shenzhen will aid pioneering enterprises in expanding overseas market and promote economic and trade exchanges by improving infrastructure and connectivity between marine, and land transportation and logistics services.
"Shenzhen Port will use IoT (Internet of Things) and big data technologies to enhance its service capability in the countries and regions along the Belt and Road. At the same time, Shenzhen Port will reduce carbon emissions by applying cleaner energy both in land, port and marine transportation," Liu told representatives.
The TEU (20-foot-equivalent unit) throughput of Shenzhen Port reached 23.98 million in 2016, ranking third worldwide for the fourth consecutive year amid the global business downturn.
Between January and August, Shenzhen Port saw throughput of 156 million tons, an increase of 11.32 percent over the same period last year.
Shenzhen Port is now operating 221 international routes connecting 300 ports in more than 100 countries and regions.
Shenzhen will further improve its trade structure and international shipping network, enhance construction of intelligent and green ports, upgrade the cruise economy industry by taking advantage of the opportunities brought by the Belt and Road Initiative, construct a pilot free trade zone and a Shenzhen-Hong Kong cooperation zone.
In 2016, the added value of the logistics industry in Shenzhen reached 198.4 billion yuan (US$30.15 billion), a growth of 9.4 percent over the previous year, making up 10.2 percent of the city's GDP.