China’s first unmanned autonomous container ship makes maiden voyage

“Zhi Fei”, China’s first 300 TEU autonomous container ship makes its maiden voyage in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, April 22, 2022. (Photo: China News Service/Zhang Jingang)

The 300-TEU container merchant vessel “Zhi Fei” is China’s first transport cargo ship with intelligent navigation capability. It has a total length of about 110 meters, a width of about 15 meters, a depth of 10 meters and an expected speed of 12 knots.

The container ship is equipped with three driving modes – crewed driving, remote driving and unmanned driving, which enables it to realize the intelligent perception of the navigation environment, independent route planning, avoidance Intelligent Collision and Remote Driving.

Staff carry out a final inspection of ‘Zhi Fei’, China’s first 300 TEU self-contained container merchant vessel, ahead of its maiden voyage in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong province, April 22, 2022. ( Photo: China News Service/Zhang Jingang)

Goods are loaded onto “Zhi Fei”, China’s first 300 TEU autonomous unmanned merchant vessel, ahead of its maiden voyage in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, April 22, 2022. (Photo: China News Service/Zhang Jingang)

Goods are loaded onto “Zhi Fei”, China’s first 300 TEU autonomous unmanned merchant vessel, ahead of its maiden voyage in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, April 22, 2022. (Photo: China News Service/Zhang Jingang)

Staff carry out a final inspection of ‘Zhi Fei’, China’s first 300 TEU self-contained container merchant vessel, ahead of its maiden voyage in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong province, April 22, 2022. ( Photo: China News Service/Zhang Jingang)

“Zhi Fei”, China’s first 300 TEU self-contained container merchant vessel, is ready to depart Qingdao Port in east China’s Shandong Province on April 22, 2022. (Photo: China News Service /Zhang Jingang)

“Zhi Fei”, China’s first 300 TEU self-contained container merchant vessel, is ready to depart Qingdao Port in east China’s Shandong Province on April 22, 2022. (Photo: China News Service /Zhang Jingang)