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Electric boxship puts Cosco on road to decarbonisation

Photo: Cosco Shipping Development Cosco river sea ship Credit Cosco Shipping Development 2[86].jpg
Fresh from its low D grading by Ship It Zero, Chinese carrier Cosco has announced the launch of a 700 teu zero emission containership.

The battery powered boxship is to be operated on the Yangtze River.

Built at Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry (Yangzhou) the 119.8m length ship has a beam of 23.6m and a draught of 5.5m. It will be powered by two 900kw electric motors, with energy from batteries, which will need to be swapped during its river voyages.

According to Cosco Shipping Development which launched the ship on 26 July the river/sea vessel will cut emissions by 32 tonnes per 24 operational hours, an estimated 2,362 tonnes annually.

Reportedly China Electric Ship Innovation Alliance, which was founded this year by Cosco Shipping and Cosco Shipping Development, will promote zero and low carbon shipping standards.

The alliance is supported by a number of other organisations including the China’s Department of Infrastructure, the Waterborne Transport Administration of the Ministry of Transport, the Maritime Safety Administration among others.

Cosco river sea ship Credit Cosco Shipping Development[70].jpg