China launches ‘the world’s first intelligent oil tanker’
China builds ‘the world’s first INTELLIGENT oil tanker’: Mega vessel has a ‘smart’ system to manage its 300,000 tonnes of cargo
- Very large crude carrier ‘New Journey’ was unveiled in China on Saturday
- Its advanced controlling system is capable of mapping out sailing routes
- It can also plan loading processes and help save energy by five per cent
- China imports 10mn barrels of crude a day and most are transported by sea
A Chinese state-owned shipmaker has built an enormous oil tanker which has a ‘smart’ system to manage its liquid cargo.
The ship’s advanced on-board system is capable of carrying out various tasks, from mapping out sailing routes to planning loading and unloading processes.
It can also increase workers’ efficiency and help the ship save about five per cent of energy while sending freight across ocean.
With a loading capacity of 308,000 tonnes, the ‘intelligent’ ship, called ‘New Journey’, is the first of its kind in the world, according to the manufacturer Dalian Shipbuilding Industry
The vessel is 300 metres (984 feet) long, the equivalent to 35 heavy trucks parked end to end
With a loading capacity of 308,000 tonnes, the ‘intelligent’ ship, called ‘New Journey’, is the first of its kind in the world, according to the manufacturer Dalian Shipbuilding Industry.
The vessel is 300 metres (984 feet) long, the equivalent to roughly 35 heavy trucks parked end to end. Its surface area is as big as three football pitches.
‘[The system] can monitor the state of all equipment on the ship and the consumption of petrol, as well as meteorological information such as waves, speeds of currents, wind speeds and wind directions,’ Li Zhipeng, the chief engineer of New Journey, told CCTV.
‘It can also plan the ship’s sailing routes and speeds scientifically,’ Mr Li added.
The ship’s advanced on-board system is capable of carrying out various tasks, from mapping out sailing routes, planning loading and unloading processes to helping save energy
The very large crude carrier, also known as a VLCC, was delivered to an unnamed client on Saturday from Dalian, a port city in north-eastern China.
It’s regarded as a breakthrough in China’s effort to become a global maritime superpower.
‘Its successful delivery means our country now has the capabilities of developing highly intelligent large vessels,’ said CCTV.
China has extremely high demand for crude oil, but domestic production satisfies less than 30 per cent of the need.
The country imports more than 10 million barrels of crude per day in April, according to Bloomberg, and most of them are transported by sea.
Chinese companies have reportedly built 10 per cent of very large crude carriers in the world
The huge market has driven the Chinese ship-building industry.
Last year, China became the world’s second-largest ship-owning country, overtaking Japan and after Greece.
Chinese companies have reportedly built 10 per cent of very large crude carriers in the world.
The country completed its first VLCC in 2002. The 300,000-tonne vessel was built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry was for National Iranian Tanker Company.
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