Shanghai: In the past week Chinese shipbuilding celebrated the successful trial voyage of the nation’s first dual fuel vessel with hybrid power of diesel and LNG. The Haichuan 3 left Guangda shipyard late in the morning of 28 July and sailed successfully along a portion of the Yangtze river deploying its hybrid propulsion system.
Haichuan 3 is a 3,100dwt bulk carrier operated by Sinotrans CSC. The ship was developed with Kunlun Energy, Wuhan Transportation Development Group and CNPC Jinan Diesel Engine. It is classed by China Classification Society.
This ship is 79.60 m long and 13.60 m wide and can carry 15 cu m of LNG. The 400 kw of power from the hybrid engine allows the vessel to reach speeds of 18.7 knots.
This debut ship type is expected to be the first of hundreds that will change pollution levels along the Yangtze dramatically in years to come. [01/08/12]