Qidong, Jiangsu Province, China – December 24, 2023
In a big event in Qidong, east China’s Jiangsu Province, the world saw the launch of an enormous ship. It’s a special kind of ship called a “trailing suction hopper dredger” or TSHD, and it’s powered by two types of fuel. They call it the “Xin Hai Xun.” This launch is a big deal because it’s the first time China has made a ship like this.
The Xin Hai Xun is like a giant vacuum cleaner for the sea. It can hold a lot of fuel – 15,000 cubic meters of a special kind called liquefied natural gas (LNG). This ship is really big, like a giant floating building. It’s 155.7 meters long, 32 meters wide, and 13.5 meters deep. The part that goes underwater is 9.9 meters deep, and it can hold a massive amount of stuff – 17,000 cubic meters!
China made this ship all on its own, and it mostly uses the clean energy from LNG to move. But if it can’t get LNG, it has a backup plan with another type of fuel called diesel. That way, the ship can keep working without stopping.
The company that built this giant ship is called “Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC).” They didn’t just make it big; they also used cool technology. One special thing is the “one-key dredging” system from China. This helps the ship do two things at once – cleaning up the sea floor and moving around. They even say it can do these things without a person controlling it!
They’re planning to give this ship to people who need help cleaning up the water and land near the sea. The Xin Hai Xun will start its job in September 2024, and it’s going to help with projects near the coast, like cleaning the water and making sure the ports and deep-water channels are okay.
This ship isn’t just big and strong; it also shows that China is really good at making ships with new ideas. They want to use good, clean energy and smart technology to help take care of the sea and make sure things are good for the environment. It’s a big step forward, and other places might want to try it too. The Xin Hai Xun is like a superhero for the sea!