Zhuhai Port Shipping partners up with Cloudrift for unmanned ship development

Zhuhai Port Shipping partners up with Cloudrift for unmanned ship development

Zhuhai Port Shipping, the shipowning unit of Zhuhai Port, has signed a strategic agrerment with Zhuhai-based startup company Cloudrift to jointly work on the development of unmanned ships.

The two companies will work on a trial project to develop autonomous shipping on Zhuhai Port Shipping’s feeder route on the Xi River.

Cloudrift is an affiliate company of Zhuhai Yunzhou Intelligence Technology, which is in the middle of developing China’s first unmanned cargo ship Cloudborne.

Zhuhai Port Shipping currently operates a fleet of over 30 ships. In May, Zhuhai Port announced a plan to raise around RMB1bn ($145m) for fleet expansion.

Zhuhai is currently developing China’s first test ground for autonomous ships. 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.

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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