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The 4th Forum of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and The 7th Shenzhen World Port Chain Strategy Forum

Date Posted:2019-01-07   Author:CILF Team    Source:Original site


On October 11, The 4th Forum of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and The 7th Shenzhen World Port Chain Strategy Forum was held in Shenzhen.The theme of this port chain forum was " digital transformation of the global shipping industry in the era of big data", with representatives from more than 20 international ports such as Port of Hamburg in Germany, Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Port de Barcelona in Spain, Port of Riga in Latvia, and more than 350 representatives and experts from Shenzhen shipping industry sharing the experience and achievements of Shenzhen port in the construction of smart ports and green ports.

Mr. Lou Heru, Deputy Director-General of Transport Commission of Shenzhen Municipality made the opening remark for the forum, expressed his sincere hope that Chinese and foreign port and shipping enterprises would visit Shenzhen more and actually participate in the construction of Shenzhen International Port Chain. The Shenzhen Municipal Government will further improve the business environment, provide enterprises with quality services and facilities, and support the development of port and shipping enterprises in Shenzhen.

Mr. Dong Yanze, Deputy Director-General of Shenzhen Ports & Cargo Transportation Administration Bureau addressed at the forum that digitization helps Shenzhen Port to develop to a new level. The container throughput of Shenzhen Port is expected to break through 26 million standard boxes in this year and continue to maintain the world's leading level.


Mr. Wang Guowen, the Director of Institute of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, China Development Institute presented on the forum that in the era of big data, data has become the largest commodity, and data wars have begun.Companies should look for smarter port development paths from the data and be closely connected to the Internet.

At the meeting, representatives from port of countries on the Maritime Silk Road shared their applications in the frontier technologies such as port big data and Internet of Things, and  discussed important measures of international port chain for deep cooperation and mutual benefit in the context of the application of green low-carbon technologies and concepts. Representatives from several major terminals in Shenzhen Port reported Shenzhen terminals’ achievement and experiences on  adhering to the development concept of innovation, coordination, low-carbon, opening-up and shared development, focusing on the goal of building a global green and intelligent hub, consolidating the port and shipping infrastructure, improving the collection and distribution system, accelerating the gathering of the shipping service industry, and deepening cooperation with international port and shipping companies according to the “One Belt, One Road” initiative and the coordinated development of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau strategy. Then, they also put forward that Chinese and foreign port and shipping companies should deeply participate in the construction of Shenzhen's international port chain.



Morning Session: speakers & presentation summary


Mr. Wang Guowen, the Director of Institute of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, China Development Institute


Mr.Oscar Wang yihong, Deputy General Manager of China Merchants Holdings (International) Information Technology Company Limited

Topic: CMPort On the Road to Digital Transformation

Mr. Wang Yihong introduced the process of QC system promoting the digital transformation and development of ports. The QC remote control system is now a mature product on the market. The Haixing Container Harbor under construction of the China Merchants Port will use the loading and unloading bridge remote control system, which means the driver could remotely control the bridge in the office to carry out the loading and unloading work. Moreover, there are artificial intelligence and machine learning practices, including intelligent dispatching of loading and unloading ship trailers, automatic stowage planning, and intelligent yard planning. It is possible to generate yard plans through AI and machine learning, which can reduce useless moving operations.


Mr. Hans Nagtegaal, Director Containers, Port of Rotterdam Authority

Topic: Port of Rotterdam – Smart & Efficient

In chase of being more intelligent, our interconnection, especially the interconnection of infrastructure should be more intelligent first. We have internal routes that can connect all the terminals together. For example, a ship does not need to unload all the goods at the dock for the goods can be unloaded to additional warehouses which has attracted lots of attention from Investors and carriers from Asia.


Mr. Jordi Torrent, Strategy Manager of the Port of Barcelona

Topic: Port of Barcelona: serving our customers through digitalization

Serving large food companies and small food companies is completely different. Large companies may need thousands of containers at a time, and small may be only five or six. Therefore, we need to provide differentiated digital services for different customers. Through the system, customers can check how many trucks and ships are loading and unloading goods at anytime, which can avoid waiting for loading and unloading goods for a long time during peak hours.


Ms. Arita Pecaka, Freeport of Riga Authority –Senior Marketing Manager

Topic: Challenges and Prospects for the Baltic Sea Region

Freeport of Riga Authority, compared to 2008 and 2017, the amount of shipping containers has doubled. The Intelligentization and versatility of the port is really important. We need a universal dock that can make us less affected by the outside world. We are located in the entire regional center, and changes in the flow of goods have a certain impact on the Riga Port Authority. Normally, company’s goods transferring amounts can reach 33.7 million TEU, but our processing capacity can reach 63 million TEU. We have also created many direct jobs and indirect jobs.


Mr. Gunta Prabawa Ahmadi Emka, President Director of PT Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), Indonesia Port Corporation II (IPC)

Indonesia Port Corporation II (IPC) takes up 45% of Indonesia's market share, and 80% come from the very important Jakarta Port Terminal in Indonesia, through which 80% of the goods come in and out. JICT Jakarta International Container Terminal in Indonesia is also a very important cargo transport turnover. Nowadays, digitization has become a trend in the logistics industry, and we have moved our eyes on the transition from traditional handicraft to industrialization and from industrialization to digitization, during which sufficient IT capabilities and the ability to start with technology is needed to help us bring more digital innovations and accelerate our digitization, and speed up goods’ transferring and processing.


Afternoon session: Speakers & presentation summary


Mr. Brian Yeung, Managing Director of Shenzhen Dachan Bay Modern Port Development Co., Ltd.



Mr. Parakrama Dissanayake PhD. Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority


Topic: Global Container Shipping Industry Futuristic Challenges /Trends

Mr. Parakrama Dissanayake introduced the changes in manufacturing demand, disruptive technology and transportation industry models. “The demand for goods is derived from the demand for trade. This is the previous business model; the current business model is the return from outsourcing to manufacturing, like what I bought in Dubai is made in China, made in Tunisia, made in Colombo. Now that manufacturing returns to the country, the outsourcing business model is gradually being replaced."


Mr. Axel Mattern, CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing


Topic:Hamburg – The leading Port for Smart Solutions

Mr. Axel Matten shared the development of the Port of Hamburg in the past year. “The smart port that we have realized a long time ago can improve the efficiency of the port. We have to process more goods in a limited space. Now the cargo has a larger throughput, but the space is still limited, while the ships that are docked are getting bigger and bigger. It is very important to enhance environmental awareness. We have also built some digital systems, including railway transportation systems, smart port systems, and the use of mobile operating systems and trains. We have different components in the port's communication system.”


Nicolas Buhmann, Commercial Manager, Global Trade Digitization, Maersk

Topic: The New Digital Transformation Journey of Maersk Line

Mr. Buhman Nicholas introduced the International Trade Digitalization Project, a joint project between IBM and Maersk. "This project is a very important data-based platform, where we can share logistics information and experience. We also studied the situation of European Union, discussed how to promote the development of trade, especially the economic and trade development of the European Union, while ensuring a safer supply chain. In the port report, we learned that ports and Port Authorities can obtain more reliable data, accurately predict the arrival time of ships, arrange truck time, cargo yard and storage yard, so as to  avoid the waste of space and time.


Mr. Guojin LIU, East Asia Business Manager, Antwerp Port Authority

Topic: The Experience of the Port of Antwerp on Digitilization

Mr. Liu Guojin shared the experience of the Port of Antwerp on digitilization, including the management and processing system - Antwerp Information Control System, Geographic Information Data System, Pollution Information System, Community System and the system being developed. "We have changed from multiple landing systems to single landing systems, which are very easy to use. At the same time, we can cooperate with other IT to extend the port boundary and inland logistics chain through this system. That is to say, we are not only concerned about the port problem, but also the entire supply chain. The management system is transformed into a logistics operation system, that is, extending from the port to the end user.”


Mr. Marcin Osowski, Vice-President of the Board for Infrastructure Director of Port of Gdansk, Poland

Topic: Key Investment Projects in the Port of Gdańsk as an Opportunity for Chinese Business with digital aspects

Mr. Marcin Osowski explained that the Port of Gdansk became an efficient port through three pillars, interconnection, very dynamic infrastructure and digitization. "Because our growth is very rapid, we can quickly respond to market demand, and we actively adopt new technologies, this is what we do."


Mr.Sam Zhang, Manager of Asia Trade at the Halifax Port Authority

Topic: Digital and Data Transformation, the new world of Global Shipping: The Halifax Opportunity

Mr. Sam Zhang shared several key points of the digital application of Port of Halifax, including putting forward to operate the concept of application block chain, establishing higher trust, improving management level, improving the data level of the port through multiple modes and strengthening analysis. "As time goes on, the next year or two will continue to explore what can be promoted, improve its visibility and railways, including human resources and scheduling, so as to help us predict how long it will take to get goods out of Montreal and the United States effectively. That's what we do. That is our IT project.


Ms. Mar Chao, Head of Commercial and Business Development Manager, Port Authority of Valencia, Spain


Topic: Valencia Port: Leadership in MED. Business opportunity

Ms. Mar Chao first introduced the services and functions of the three ports of Valencia Port, including Angou, GANDIA, TEU. Then she mentioned three container terminals, which were CTV, MISCTV and APM. Finally, She talked about the application of port service in port system and port exchange system. "In the past, we need to collect data separately. Now the data of inland ports can be shared. We can provide more services through this platform and APP. If we login to this website, we can know the status of tracking containers. Transparency and reliability are very important. "


The participants and experts agreed that the global port and shipping industry is facing a far-reaching and lasting change under the profound changes of the global economy and the trend of the new ship-building. At present, the promotion of comprehensive soft power based on information technology has become the main direction of global port development, and also a new impetus to promote the transformation of new and old kinetic energy of port and shipping industry and achieve rapid development. The application of disruptive technologies such as port big data, artificial intelligence and block chain will bring infinite imagination space to the connection and cooperation between ports.


At the end of the forum, representatives of Shenzhen Port and other 11 international sister-ports issued the Shenzhen Declaration. The declaration agreed to jointly promote the application of disruptive technology innovation and enhance the port's position in the global value chain, strengthen the innovative application of disruptive technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence and block chain in ports, then construct big data platform for port navigation together, and comprehensively improve the level of port informatization, also give full play to the role of the international port chain as a link, promote innovation and cooperation in port technology and services, and enhance the ability of ports to participate in global value chain.

World Port Chain Forum 2018.pdf