China's Brilliant Navigation (Brinav) looks to have won the battle to launch the world's first autonomous cargo vessel.

The experimental 300-teu feeder containership Zhi Fei is now ready at the domestic Qingdao Yangfan Shipbuilding yard and will join a shuttle a shuttle service between the main hub of Qingdao and the smaller port of Dongjiakou in October.

Brinav will manage the ship for Shandong Port Shipping Group (SPSG).