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Aerial photo taken on May 8, 2020 shows the electric cargo ship "Zhongtiandianyun 001" before a test on the Yangtze River in Changzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province.

Homegrown electric cargo ship successfully tests water in China. Photos

PortandTerminal.com, May 9, 2020

CHANGZHOU, CHINA – A homegrown electric cargo ship with a load capacity of 1,000 tonnes successfully tested the water at the Yangtze River section in Changzhou, east China’s Jiangsu Province on Friday.

Aerial photo taken on May 7, 2020 shows a worker recharging the electric cargo ship "Zhongtiandianyun 001"
Aerial photo taken on May 7, 2020 shows a worker recharging the electric cargo ship “Zhongtiandianyun 001” 

The ship named “Zhongtiandianyun 001” can cruise 50 km, after it is charged for 2.5 hours, said Li Yaohong, marketing director of the company.

The vessel, powered by a lithium battery and supercapacitor, has a battery capacity of 1,458 kWh, equivalent to that of 40 electric cars in total, according to the Jiangsu branch of the State Grid, who participated in the ship’s design.

A worker prepares charging piles for the electric cargo ship "Zhongtiandianyun 001" in Changzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, May 7, 2020.
A worker prepares charging piles for the electric cargo ship “Zhongtiandianyun 001” in Changzhou, east China’s Jiangsu Province, May 7, 2020. 

The province of Jiangsu installed 4,918 charging systems along the river in eight cities. These points are capable of providing around 57 million kWh of power annually.

This is expected to save over 20,000t of diesel, decrease oxynitride emissions by more than 600t and sulphur dioxide emissions by 200t.

The Yangtze River’s Jiangsu section is said to be one of the busiest waterways around the globe. More than 90% of the ships operate using diesel, which contributes to pollution in the area.

Aerial view of 3 vessels on a river. Industrial buildings on either side.
Testing the vessel. The Yangtze River’s Jiangsu section is said to be one of the busiest waterways around the globe.

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