China Shipping’s 8,500 TEU Vessel Xin Ya Zhou Houses a Suite of Environmentally Friendly Features, Including Plugging into Electrical Power While at Dock


SAN PEDRO, Calif. — September 20, 2007 — The world’s largest alternative maritime power (AMP) vessel, China Shipping Container Line’s Xin Ya Zhou (meaning “New Asia”), will make its maiden call at the Port of Los Angeles, the only port in the world currently using AMP technology to plug containerships into electrical power, in September.  Capable of carrying slightly more than 8,500 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of cargo, the Xin Ya Zhou is the largest AMP’d vessel sailing today. 

The ship will arrive at the Port of Los Angeles on Friday, September 21 at approximately 4 p.m. and a welcoming reception will take place aboard the ship on Monday, September 24 from 3 to 5 p.m.  The reception is by invitation only and the media are welcome to attend.

The Xin Ya Zhou is the first in a series of five new vessels to join the China Shipping fleet, which is one of the youngest and most environmentally conscious fleets in the world today. The ship has many environmentally friendly features beyond the AMP capability, including utilizing low sulphur fuel in its main and auxiliary engines, double hull protection on its internal oil tank, water storage chambers, grey water holding tank and an oily water separator of 5 ppm in its bilge tank.

The ports Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation’s number one and number two containerports, adopted the landmark San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) in November 2006 to curb port-related air pollution from trucks, ships, locomotives and other equipment by at least 45 percent in five years.  A model for seaports around the world, the CAAP is the boldest air quality initiative by any seaport, consisting of wide-reaching measures to significantly reduce air emissions and health risks while allowing for the development of much-needed port efficiency projects.  The CAAP includes plans to make all terminals in the Port of Los Angeles AMP-ready in the next five, making the China Shipping terminal ahead of schedule.

In 2004, China Shipping Container Line and the Port of Los Angeles partnered for the world’s first utilization of shoreside electrical power on a containership at berth. The arrival of the Xin Ya Zhou marks the second generation of AMP’d vessels which can plug directly into a shore plug, where the first generation AMP vessels required a barge transformer system for plugging in.  By shutting down the ship’s diesel engine and switching to electricity, more than one ton of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) are eliminated from the air for each day the vessel is berthed.

The Xin Ya Zhou was built for China Shipping Container Line by the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Company at their Shanghai shipyard, and is the largest ship ever built in China. The ship was launched on May 28 of this year and is 334 meters in length, commands a deadweight of 101,000 tons and has a service speed of approximately 25 knots.  The Xin Ya Zhou will join China Shipping Container Line’s weekly Central Asia-America service with scheduled calls in Los Angeles, Oakland, Ningbo, Nansha, Yanitan and Shanghai.

China Shipping in China has its own international cargo agency, container yard and container lorries companies. Depending on up-to-date equipment, the latest technology and strict cost management, China Shipping plans to share a bright and prosperous future with its affiliated companies, its customers and partners worldwide. Owing to its aggressive growth strategy, using new builds and charters as well as rapid development and deployment of new resources for intermodal and information services, China Shipping has rapidly become a force to be reckoned with in containerized freight transportation in all East and West trades around the globe. China Shipping is looking forward to serving its customers on the high seas and beyond.

Celebrating its Centennial in 2007, the Port of Los Angeles is America's premier port.  As the leading seaport in the nation in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 259,000 regional jobs and $8.4 billion in annual wages and tax revenues.  A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars.  At the Port of Los Angeles, high priority is placed on responsible and sustainable growth initiatives, combined with high security, environmental stewardship and community outreach.  For its industry leading environmental initiatives, the Port received two Environmental Protection Agency awards in 2006.  The Port of Los Angeles – A Cleaner Port.  A Brighter Future.