China building autonomous feeder box ship for 2021 launch

Qingdao Shipyard has begun construction of China’s first autonomous containership, which is named Zhi Fei, scheduled for completion and delivery in June 2021. The 300 teu feeder will be equipped with intelligent navigation and advanced environmentally-friendly solutions that will cut the ship’s NOx, SOx and CO2 emissions and noise, including an electric propulsion system.

The vessel will be 117 metres long, 15 metres wide and 5,000 dwt. It will have a maximum speed of 12 knots.

It has been developed jointly by Shanghai Bestway Marine Engineering Design, Navigation Brilliance (Qingdao) Technology, Shanghai Marine Equipment Research Institute(CSSC 704), and China Waterborne Transport Research Institute.