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COSCO’s New Electric Container Ship Hits the Water

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COSCO’s New Electric Container Ship Hits the Water

Josh Guerrlich
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August 2, 2023

Chinese Shipping Company COSCO Shipping Development launched their new 700 TEU electric container ship. 

COSCO launched the 700TEU vessel, dubbed N997, from their Yangzhou shipyard. 

The ship will be operated on a river/coastal route using two 900kW main propulsion motors. COSCO states that this ship is the most prominent electric container ship in the world, reducing carbon emissions by roughly 32 tons per day.

The ship contains an intelligence ship platform system, along with a situational awareness system for increase safety. 

The vessel is considered a breakthrough in inland river shipping. 

COSCO has helped create the China Electrical Ship Innovation Alliance to promote advancements in the field of electric shipping. The group utilizes industry experts from design to battery suppliers to ensure advancement in the field. 

In May, construction started on a second electric container ship, the N998. A launch date for the second ship has yet to be confirmed.

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