As an initiative to upgrade its waterways, China has placed a new container ship with a capacity of 1,140 standard containers into service on the country’s longest river, the Yangtze.
On November 16, the newly incubated ship was commissioned to go on route approximately 1000 km long between the port of Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, to the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai on the river’s estuary. The new ship is 130 meters long, nearly 24 meters wide and has a maximum load of 13,600 tonnes.
The Yangtze river is deemed as the world’s busiest waterway with more than 2.3 billion tonnes of cargo transported through ports on the mainstream of the river every year, both imports and exports.
Increased capacity and decreased fuel consumption
Feng Boming, General manager of the Strategy and Corporate Management of China COSCO Shipping Co. Ltd., said: “Compared with existing ships, the new vessel doubled the shipment capacity and used 20 percent less daily fuel. It is the first of the six container ships built by COSCO for the Wuhan New Port Administration Committee. The other five will be put into service in 2019”.
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