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China’s first autonomous cargo ship completes trial voyage

China’s autonomous ship development has reached a major milestone with the country’s first autonomous cargo ship, Jin Dou Yun 0 Hao, completing its first ever trial voyage in Zhuhai yesterday.

The ship, carrying specialties from Zhuhai’s Dong Ao island, completed a voyage from the island to the No.1 pier of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge successfully.

Yunzhou Tech, a Zhuhai-based technology company, started the development of the ship in 2017 in collaboration with Wuhan University of Technology and China Classification Society.

According to Zhang Yunfei, president of Yunzhou Tech, the company will further test the ship and actively explore the commercial use of the ship.

Zhuhai is now developing a test ground for autonomous ships as part of its plan to develop an industrial platform in the new sector. The Wanshan Marine Test Field, which will cover a total area of 771.6 sq km, will become the largest autonomous ship test ground in the world. It will allow the testing of technologies such as autonomous steering and obstacle avoidance.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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