Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co, a China State Shipbuilding Corp subsidiary, successfully delivered a supersized container vessel, almost 12 days before schedule, in another breakthrough for China’s ultra-large container shipbuilding.
The container vessel boasts a capacity of about 24,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units). Hudong-Zhonghua designed it. The ship boasts entirely indigenous intellectual property. It measures about 399.99 meters in length, is over 60 meters longer than the world’s biggest aircraft carrier, and measures 61.5 meters in width, per reports from chinanews.com.cn.
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With a deck size of about 24,000 square meters, equivalent to 3.5 standard football fields, the newly delivered jumbo vessel is 33.2 meters in depth in its cargo compartment. It can carry about 240,000 tons of cargo, and its maximum stacking height is 25 containers. The report describes the vessel as the world’s largest container vessel currently in operation, measured in terms of container capacity.
The jumbo vessel adopts the world’s up-to-date hydrodynamic optimization technology featuring high-speed and low-fuel consumption in case of multiple heavy loads. Compared to 23,000 TEU container vessels that boast traditional fossil fuels, the new boat can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by almost 38 tons in daily voyages.
The newest jumbo vessel was a follow-up to a similar ultra-large ship delivered by Hudong-Zhonghua in June 2022.
Presently, five ultra-large container vessels are under construction at the Hudong-Zhonghua. The shipbuilder has reportedly delivered two supersized ships and has plans to deliver another within 2022, media reports said.
References: China Daily, Global Times