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China: Digitalisation of Zhoushan port operations improves bunkering throughput

07 Mar 2022

The following article published by Manifold Times on 7 March was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. An online translation service was used in the production of the current editorial piece:

Digitalisation of Zhoushan’s port customs clearance and logistics systems has improved bunkering operations, according to Zhejiang Daily.

The port, which started as a non-oil producing facility, is today the the sixth largest marine refuelling port in the world and the largest in the country.

Zhoushan port recorded a bonded bunkering volume of 5.52 million metric tonnes (mt), representing a year-on-year increase of 16.9%, in 2021.

In recent years, the Zhoushan Port Comprehensive Bonded Zone Management Committee has simplified maritime supply chain operations for bunkering through the introduction of digitalisation technologies.

An online “one-stop acceptance” module introduced by Zhoushan port reduced the submission of 24 paper documents and shortened the application process at the port by 6.5 hours; it also allowed customs clearance processes to be shortened from four hours to five minutes.

The development resulted in a total 20-hour reduction for each bunkering operation of large international sea-going vessels.

Further, the launch of version 2.0 of the Zhoushan Bonded Marine Fuel Oil Dispatching Service System has allowed the fuel supply situation of major anchorages in Zhoushan Port to be updated in real time – increasing anchorage utilisation by 30%.

“In the past, on-site anchorage usage information could only be obtained by phone, and there was often a large gap between the ship’s arrival time and the refuelling time,” shared a local shipping agency source.

“Now, the system intelligently analyses the ship’s speed while providing live updates of anchorage traffic, meteorological wind, and other data to generate the most efficient scheduling plan.”

He also noted Zhoushan port to have implemented an internationally recognised system that is able to remotely monitor bunkering operation to avoid metering disputes.

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Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 7 March, 2022

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