China ports container volumes projected to grow at 6% until 2030

Container throughput at the ports in China are projected to grow at 6% on average each year from now until 2030, according to a latest report from Shanghai International Shipping Institute (SISI).

In SISI’s China Shipping Development Outlook 2030, container throughput at Chinese ports will reach 505m teu in 2030 with an average growth rate of about 6% due to the fast increase of container shipping along both the coast and inland rivers.

In the report’s projections, Shanghai port, currently the world’s busiest container port, will see its box throughput reach 52.68m teu in 2030, followed by Qingdao in second spot with 43.15m teu and Ningbo-Zhoushan with 37.27m teu.

Other busy Chinese ports include Tianjin predicted to move 32.3m teu, Shenzhen with 30.24m teu, Guangzhou with 30.07m teu and Dalian with 27.86m teu.

Three or four so-called “super container hub ports” will be formed, including Shanghai, Qingdao and Hong Kong, where higher port activities will be recorded and technology will improve for greater efficiency.

By 2030, the main container hub ports along the Chinese coast will have semi-automated terminals, but there will be very few fully-automated ones, the report mentioned.

“First class ports like Shanghai, Guangzhou, Qingdao and Tianjin will have one or two fully-automated berths. Meanwhile, more than 90% of port machinery will use LNG or electric power instead of traditional energies. Wind power, solar power will become part of the port power system,” the report said.

“In terms of port informatization, port-based big data centers will appear in 2030 and data will be stored in a distributive way. It is also possible that big data centers will be set up in Shanghai, Dalian, Guangzhou, Wuhan and other cities, which will be interconnected,” it added.

Chinese enterprises will also build port networks around the globe, especially investing in port network in South America, North Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and other developing countries and countries with strategic cooperation with China.



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