SHENZHEN is promoting the setup of a 50-billion-yuan (US$7.89-billion) fund to develop a high-end intelligent marine equipment industrial base and the Qianhai modern marine service industrial base, a meeting on the Shenzhen marine information technology and equipment summit forum said.
The forum, organized by the city's economy, trade and information commission, Nanshan District Government and Harbin University of Engineering, attracted six academicians and hundreds of scholars and enterprise representatives in marine information technologies.
A State-level laboratory on marine information acquiring and safety, a laboratory under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, will be settled in Shenzhen, the meeting said.
The laboratory will be a research platform for Shenzhen's marine technologies.
Statistics showed the city's marine production volume in 2017 reached 163 billion yuan, an increase of 10 percent over the previous year. The industrial added value of marine information, marine biology, marine high-end equipment and cruise ship industries reached 32.2 billion yuan, an increase of 26 percent over the previous year.
Shenzhen announced last December that it would build a China-EU marine economy industrial park.
Land reclamation for the China-EU Blue Industrial Park is under way in Bao'an District and will be done around 2020. By 2025, it will be fully operational, according to the Shenzhen Urban Planning and Design Institute, which designed the 1-square-kilometer park.
The purpose of the park is to facilitate international cooperation in the marine industries and improve scientific and technological research on marine resources.
The industrial park will take advantage of Europe's expertise in high-end intelligent marine equipment and Shenzhen's high-tech manufacturing capacity to develop deep-sea submersibles, seabed robots and marine mineral exploitation devices for the international market.