Shenzhen is a major port city in south-eastern China, located north of Hong Kong. The city is among China's top 5 largest and wealthiest. Its urban area is approx 1992 km2 (769 ml2) and has population around 12 million (metro over 18 million).
The city received its status in 1979 and in 1980 was designated country's first "Special Economic Zone". The city is one of the world's fastest-growing. Its modern cityscape is the result of large foreign investments since 1980. This is also major southern China financial center, having Shenzhen Stock Exchange and corporate headquarters of large high-tech companies.
The is among the world's largest container ports. It homes around 40 marine cargo shipping companies operating on 131 international container shipping routes. Monthly, the port handles around 560 ocean vessels. Another 21 feeder shipping routes are operated from Shenzhen to Pearl River Delta ports.
- Shenzhen port consist of the following areas and ports: Da Chan Bay, Shekou, Chiwan, Mawan, Yantian, Dongjiaotou, Fuyong, Xiadong, Shayuchong, Neihe. Their combined berths are 140, of whic 51 for under 10,000 DWT vessels, 43 for 10,000+ DWT vessels, 18 for container ships, 18 for passenger ferries and 23 are non-production berths.
- Shekou Passenger Terminal serves fast ferries across Pearl River Delta to Hong Kong, Macau, Zhuhai.
- Shekou's Prince Bay Port is the only Chinese port terminal that can handle the world's largest cruise liners. Since its inauguration in 2016, Prince Bay Port became Shenzhen City's main transportation hub.
There is a plan the Shenzhen Bay waterfront to be redeveloped into urban area housing businesses, shops and residential buildings - similar to the "Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal" project.
Shekou port "Shenzhen Prince Bay Cruise Homeport"
Shekou is an urban area located at Nanshan (Shenzhen) facing Hong Kong (across Shenzhen Bay). "Shenzhen Prince Bay Cruise Homeport" (aka "Shekou Port Ferry Terminal") is Shekou's ferry port, allowing direct ferry connections between Shenzhen Pearl River Delta ports.
- Fast ferry services are provided by the local companies Xunlong Ferries, Turbo, and CKS Ferries.
- Of all 30 ferries operating from Shekou, 22 are high-speed luxury ships and 8 are regular (but also high-speed). The port serves service 5 scheduled passenger shipping lines.
- Shekou Port Ferry Terminal offers regularly scheduled ferry services between Shekou and Hong Kong (Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal, and Skypier terminal / to Hong Kong International Airport), Macau (Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, and Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal) and Zhuhai (Zhuhai Jiuzhou Ferry Terminal). Customs and immigration processes are upon ferry ship disembarkation.
- At Shekou port's ferry terminal can also berth cruise ships. This was China's ever first dedicated cruise terminal facility. It replaced the old Passenger Terminal as part of the Shenzhen Bay's redevelopment project.
- The port is served by Metro Line 2 (ending in Chiwan, west of Shekou). The main metro stations in Shekou are named "Sea World" and "Shekou Port".
- "Shekou Port" metro station is adjacent to the terminal's taxi rank. The port is also served by buses (directly from the ferry terminal to Shenzhen's International Airport.
Shenzhen cruise terminal
In April 2016 was signed an agreement between "China Merchants Shekou Holdings" and "Genting Hong Kong" for building a new cruise ship terminal that will make Shenzhen a major international cruise port. China Merchants Group (founded 1872) is a state-owned company focusing on infrastructure and transportation, and also on real estate development and financial services.
The new "Shenzhen Prince Bay Cruise Homeport" (building cost USD 3 billion) was inaugurated on November 13, 2016. The terminal has 2 cruise ship berths, ranking it one of South China's largest homeports with over 100 ship visits annually.
Tai Zi Bay Cruise Terminal (Shekou)
- Genting Hong Kong (GHK) is a large corporation, which also owns the cruise companies Crystal Cruises, Star Cruises and Dream Cruises (new brand since 2016).
- The memorandum of understanding signed was for the construction and jointly development of Shenzhen port’s Tai Zi Bay transforming the area into the new "Tai Zi Bay Cruise Terminal".
- Genting operates regular cruises leaving out of Hong Kong and in 2016 started departures from Guangzhou (Nansha port). With this project, GHK planned to homeport in Shenzhen cruise ships for regular year-round service, starting November 2016 with the Star Cruises ship SuperStar Virgo.
- GHK pioneered in the cruise tourism industry in China in the 1990s and over the years developed into cruise ports the Chinese ports Sanya, Haikou, Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Taipei. Thes are all home-ports (turnaround ports) for China-based cruise ships. GHK ships previously operated cruises from China to Vietnam leaving from Shekou Port (since 2002).
Shenzhen port’s "Tai Zi Bay Cruise Terminal" is China's only port capable to berth the world’s largest cruise vessels from the Royal Caribbean’s fleet - the 220,000 GT Oasis class ships.year. The terminal facility has 2 berths for docking 2 vessels at a time. SuperStar Virgo became the first ever cruise vessel homeported at this terminal. From here, the ship operates 4-, 5- and 7-night itineraries to Vietnam and Hainan.
- In January 2017, the top-luxury cruise company Silverseas homeported its ship Silver Shadow for departures from Shenzhen Prince Bay cruise port (Shekou). This was the first time when a 6-star rated passenger ship anchored on mainland China. Before homeporting in Shenzhen, Silver Shadow was refurbished in Singapore to better serve its Chinese passengers.
- In April 2017, another top-luxury cruise line - Seabourn - visited Shenzhen port with its ship Seabourn Sojourn.
Shenzhen City residents and tourists no longer need to cross to Hong Kong to embark international cruises on roundtrip itineraries visiting Asian ports. The Port Authority contacted other major cruise companies (including RCCL Royal Caribbean and Costa Asia) to launch more roundtrip itineraries out of Shenzhen.
The Shenzhen cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Shenzhen, Shekou, China.
If you lose the Shenzhen location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
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