World’s first 2,000-ton elec­tronic ship launches

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Zhang Hui

The world’s first elec­tric ship with a ca­pac­ity of 2,000 tons was launched in Guangzhou, South China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince on Sun­day.

The 70.5-me­ter-long ship weighs about 600 tons and can travel for up to 80 kilo­me­ters af­ter a two-hour charge, Peo­ple’s Daily re­ported Sun­day. The ship was loaded with ther­mal coal mainly for ar­eas around the Pearl River. It is pow­ered by a 26-ton lithium bat­tery that can pro­duce 2,400 kilo­watts per hour, the re­port added.

As such ships do not use fos­sil fu­els, it has zero emis­sions, in­clud­ing car­bon, sul­fur and PM2.5 and it could be used as a pas­sen­ger liner or a work­ing ship, the new site chi­nanews. com re­ported Mon­day.

“This kind of ship takes into con­sid­er­a­tion the har­mony be­tween hu­mans and na­ture and can pro­tect wa­ter qual­ity and marine life, and should be copied by other ships sail­ing on lo­cal rivers,” Wang Yongchen, a Bei­jing en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist, told the Global Times on Sun­day.

In a re­lated move, Cen­tral China’s Hu­nan Prov­ince re­quired since 2015 that all pas­sen­ger and cargo ships had to have sewage treat­ment equip­ment to pro­tect the rivers.

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