China's first 20,000 TEU container vessel with independent intellectual property rights was named and delivered in Nantong city, East China's Jiangsu province, on Tuesday. It was named "Cosco Shipping Aries." The vessel is 400 meters long, 58.6 meters wide, 30.7 meters deep, with the maximum load of 197,000 tons.
Just to know for comparison, the deck area is even larger than the four standard soccer stadiums. The ship is also equipped with smart ship efficiency system, which boasts strengths such as low oil consumption and large loading capacity. The ship was built by Nantong COSCOS KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd (NACKS). The Chinese shipping giant reported a profit of 2.7 billion yuan for the nine months to September.
Detail from the container vessel
The ship will travel on the route from Far East to Northwest Europe on Jan 19. This is the first ever container ship to receive LR's Cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive note 'Cyber AL3 SECURE PERFORM' for its energy management system. Cyber-enabled systems’ are considered to be systems installed onboard ships that would conventionally be controlled by the ship’s crew but which, through recent advances in IT and Operational Technology (OT), now include the capability to be monitored, or monitored and controlled, either remotely or autonomously with or without a crew onboard the ship. In September, France's CMA CGM said it would order nine giant container ships from Chinese shipyards.