Greater Bay Area expands with Nansha port
Nansha port in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, is undergoing active testing for the fourth phase of the port since last April, with the containers being handled automatically by intelligent guided vehicles and yard cranes.
The terminal's construction took two years and features two 100,000-ton berths, two 50,000-ton berths, 12 barge berths, and four working vessel berths.
The terminal, which features sophisticated intelligent loading and control facilities, will greatly contribute to the coordinated development of ports in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
To facilitate cooperation in shipping and logistics, the local Customs has introduced smart innovative technologies to the whole Customs clearance process. With intelligent supervision, smart mapping review and inspection assistant robots using 5G technology have been deployed, enabling import and export enterprises to clear Customs in one stop.
After the fourth phase of Nansha port is completed, the port's annual container throughput will reach 24 million twenty-foot units, ranking tops in the world for single port areas.
Accelerating construction of the port's fourth phase, along with supporting the GBA to build a joint shipping and logistics trade center, has become part of an overall plan to promote comprehensive cooperation in Guangdong and the two special administrative regions.
The State Council, China's Cabinet, recently announced a broad plan for facilitating comprehensive cooperation within the Greater Bay Area through further opening up of Nansha district.
The plan will be implemented in the whole area of Nansha, covering a total area of about 803 square kilometers, with Nanshawan, Qingsheng hub and Nansha hub in the district, which is already part of the China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone, serving as launching areas in the first phase.
Located at the geometric center of the GBA, Nansha will undoubtedly hold excellent development potential by integrating innovative elements with Hong Kong and Macao.