China Shipping Group and Beijing to cooperate on smart ship technology
CHINA's Maritime Safety Administration of the Ministry of Transport and the state-owned China Shipping Group signed an agreement to accelerate the construction of smart ships, reported Fort Lauderdale's Maritime Executive
CHINA's Maritime Safety Administration of the Ministry of Transport and the state-owned China Shipping Group signed an agreement to accelerate the construction of smart ships, reported Fort Lauderdale's Maritime Executive.
Under the agreement, they will cooperate in the fields of intelligent transport and equipment, marine environmental protection, maritime policy and technical regulations research, international maritime affairs, marine safety equipment and personnel training.
China Shipbuilding will seek to leverage the new technologies to help it rebuild its business that was adversely affected in the first half of 2020 by the global pandemic. They reported that new ship orders dropped 50 per cent year on year in the first half of 2020.
The goal is to jointly develop smart shipping by conducting research and technology test verifications as well as demonstrations to promote the construction of smart shipping systems, said the report.
They expect to apply developed technologies in the construction of cruise ships, large-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and polar navigation ships as well as Beidou satellite navigation systems.
They also expect the cooperation to extend to ship-to-sea environmental protection technology for pollution prevention and control for the shipping industry.
They will focus on the research and development of new energy sources as well as energy-saving and environmental protection technologies and products to reduce ships' greenhouse gas emissions.
The China Shipbuilding Group will use the new technologies to continue to strengthen its technological innovation that it believes will permit it to increase its business.
In the first half of 2020, CSSC received orders for 73 ships amounting to 5.35 million deadweight tons. This represented better than 34 per cent year-on-year growth of its order book, and with a 30 per cent global market share, ranks CSSC first in global shipbuilding, said the report.