An LNG bunker vessel berths at Zhoushan Port. [Photo/WeChat account: china-zjftz]
The maritime service industry in Zhoushan, East China's Zhejiang province, performed well in 2021 with its total output reaching 36 billion yuan ($5.65 billion), a year-on-year increase of 33.3 percent.
The city's bonded bunker oil supply amounted to 5.5 million metric tons, a year-on-year increase of 16.5 percent, making Zhoushan the sixth largest fueling port in the world.
Zhoushan provided more than $3 billion worth of supplies to international ships, a year-on-year increase of 30 percent and accounting for about 27 percent of the city's total export value.
The maintenance and repair of international ships in Zhoushan generated 6 billion yuan in output, a year-on-year increase of 13.2 percent.
All these achievements can be attributed to the city's efforts in investment attraction and digital transformation.
Last year, Zhoushan brought in 150 maritime service companies with a combined registered capital of $52 million, bringing the total number of such companies to 429.
The city also updated its bonded bunker oil scheduling service system to enable remote control and data sharing between different government departments, and this in turn improved the usage efficiency of anchorage grounds by 30 percent.
There are seven major international shipping routes in China, six of which pass by Zhoushan. More than 100,000 international ships pass by Zhoushan or berth at Zhoushan Port each year, 80 of which are passing ships.
In the future, Zhoushan will focus on the construction of convenient ship service centers to better serve passing international ships, according to an official from Zhoushan international maritime service base.