(Yicai Global) May 9 -- China will establish an innovation center in Guangdong focused on the use of fifth-generation communications technology at ports in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.
Guangzhou Port Authority, Guangzhou Port Group, mobile carrier China Unicom and Huawei Technologies will work together on the facility, which will help sea terminals boost operations and management while improving efficiency and economic benefits, Yicai Global learned.
The area boasts many of China's key terminals, including Guangzhou Port, China Merchants Port, Zhuhai Port and Yantian Port. Guangzhou's cargo throughput reached 613 million tons last year while that of containers hit 21.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units, both ranking fifth globally.
The center will provide 5G solutions to build automated green terminals, Guangzhou Port said in a statement, adding that it will use blockchain and autonomous driving tech to boost operational capabilities and core competitiveness.
Many port operators have turned to digital transformation in the face of a falling shipping market and climbing operation costs on the back of unstable international trade. China has built three fully automated container terminals including the Shanghai Yangshan deep-water port which is the world's biggest.
The bay area is a development concept consisting of nine cities in Guangdong province and the two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. The aim is to build a world-class city group, an international science and technology innovation center, while also providing a high standard of living.
Editor: William Clegg