China Classification Society (CCS) says China will speed up the building of fully electric battery powered ships to operate on the country’s extensive inland waterways network after the successful maiden voyage of the Chang Jiang San Xia 1, a cruise ship with the largest battery power in the world.
he Chang Jiang San Xia 1 was successfully delivered at the Yichang Xin Hui Shipbuilding on the Yangtze River in the Hubei province. The ship will sail in the reservoir areas of the Gezhouba Dam and Three Gorges Dam in Yangtze River.
CCS says its Yichang office oversaw the plan approval and building survey while its Wuhan Rules & Research Institute provided technical support for the green technology and intelligence elements of the vessel.
The vessel will play a key role in promoting the green development of the Yangtze River shipping industry. In 2020, four ministries, including ministry of transport and ministry of Ecology and Environment, issued a joint plan to curb ship and port pollution, urging comprehensive improvements in pollution prevention and acceleration of the green development of the shipping industry along the Yangtze River Economic Belt.
According to Luo Xiaofeng, Director of Wuhan Rules & Research Institute, said the Chang Jiang San Xia 1 can cut about 530 tonnes of diesel fuel and 1660 tonnes of GHG and hazardous gas emissions each year with 7.5 MWh marine power lithium battery system.
The ship will also be charged by hydroelectric energy with a range of no less than 100 kilometres. It is also one of the first all-electric ships to adopt a system of high-voltage charging and low-voltage power supplement.
The project demonstrates the implementation of advance Lithium Battery Power Ship Rules and the building of electric inland waterway vessels in China. We expect that the innovations made on this vessel about the size and power of the battery can promote the development of environmentally friendly electric vessels
said Xu Junjie the GM to CCS Yichang.
The Chang Jiang San Xia 1 has also obtained the notations of “Green Ship” as well as meeting high standards of vibration and noise reduction.