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China's first hybrid cruise ship launched

The Dawanqu I hybrid cruise ship was commissioned by the state-owned China Merchants Group on September 1, according to cnTechPost, a Chinese IT news portal.

The Dawanqu I is an offshore cruise catamaran. It was laid down in December 2019 and completed by 14 August. On August 26, the catamaran made its maiden voyage. On September 1, it was put into operation in Shenzhen.

The Dawanqu I has a length of 71.95 m, a beam of 18.72 m, a design draft of 2.57 m, a capacity of 350 passengers, an operating speed of 14 knots, and a total displacement of 1,350 tons. The cruise ship will travel between Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Macau. Each trip will last four hours, including 40 minutes on electric traction.

The power plant of the catamaran was developed jointly by China Merchants, the largest manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries in the PRC — Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), as well as the state company Chinese Railways.

The vessel is equipped with an assembly of 144 CATL batteries with a total capacity of 2,520 kWh. The battery compartment is located on both sides of the bow of the hold, and an air conditioner is placed inside the compartment to maintain the temperature at 25 В± 2 C. The battery compartment is IP67 rated to keep water vapor, salt, and dust out.

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