On March 18, China's first 20,000-ton ship, capable of navigating seas and rivers, was officially delivered to Zhejiang Xinyihai Shipping Co. , Ltd. , which marked the first ship of this type has completed all construction work, and a safe, efficient and green river-sea direct transport journey will be launched.
The ship, named "Jianghai Zhida I", was constructed after the issuing of the Rules of Construction of Ships Capable of Navigating Seas and Rivers with Specific Routes by China Classification Society(CCS), and the Provisional Rules of Statutory Inspection for ships capable of navigating seas and rivers with specific routes by China Maritime Safety Administration(China MSA). The ship was jointy researched by Zhoushan and Changjiang River Administratioin of Navigational Affairs, designed by Zhejiang Xinhai Marine Designing Institute, and inspected by CCS.
"Jianghai Direct I" is 154 meters long and 24 meters wide. It has some characteristics, like 'suitable for navigating seas and rivers', 'be advanced' and 'be economic' . Compared to the same type of sea ships capable of navigating in rivers, the ship was estimated to have reduced costs by about 10 per cent, with the load capacity increased by 13% , and the energy efficiency increased by 12%. A new designed collapsible mast makes it possible for this ship to sail across the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge. And with a plat bilge, it can sail from Zhoushan directly to Ma An Shan in specific region and route without loading or deloading. The ship is reputed in the industry as an "smart product of Zhoushan" since it was designed, constructed and operated by Zhoushan.
According to former reports, the ship was launched on Dec 8, and successfully passed tests on speed, endurance, overall performance, and economical efficiency in a trial voyage lasted from Jan 25 to Jan 26 this year. For now, the Zhejiang Xinyihai Shipping Co., Ltd. is preparing for the first navigation of the "Jianghai Direct I".
In the future, Zhoushan will build sea-river combined transport fleets of container ships, cargo ships, and so on, which can directly reach Wuhan and Chongqing from Zhoushan, expecting to establish a safe, efficient, and green river-sea transportation system by the year 2030.