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A more than 40-meter-long carbon fiber high-speed passenger catamaran launched in China

The “Haizhuwan”, presented as Asia’s first full-carbon fiber structure high-speed passenger catamaran with a total length of more than 40 meters, was launched at the dock of the Nansha Xiaohu Island Shipbuilding Base, in the Pearl River estuary, Southern China. The “Haizhuwan” is built by Zhongwei, a subsidiary of Chu Kong Shipping (CSK).

A more than 40-meter-long carbon fiber high-speed passenger catamaran launched in China
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The hull of “Haizhuwan” has a length of 42.8 meters and a width of 10.8 meters. It can carry 260 passengers. Using water jet propulsion, its speed can overtake 37 knots. Its carbon fiber hull is manufactured using one-time vacuum forming technology. Compared with traditional aluminum alloy ships, the “Haizhuwan” can save more than 30% of fuel. It is lighter in weight, stronger and faster, according to CSK. 

Zhongwei insists on actively exploring the application of new technologies and new energy on ships, with the assistance of a technical team composed of Norwegian experts. Through the absorption of the overall vacuum forming technology of the carbon fiber composite hull, it has increased its independent research and development.

A more than 40-meter-long carbon fiber high-speed passenger catamaran launched in China
A more than 40-meter-long carbon fiber high-speed passenger catamaran launched in China

New-type masts and other elements improve the efficiency of the ship equipment and installations and fill the technical gaps in the construction of whole carbon fiber ships over 40 meters in China.  

The “Haizhuwan” is scheduled to complete the trial voyage before the end of 2021 and be delivered to Pazhou Company. By then, it will add new capacity to Pazhou Port and provide fast, comfortable and high-quality services for the interconnection of the Guangdong – Hong Kong – Macao Greater Bay Area. 

A more than 40-meter-long carbon fiber high-speed passenger catamaran launched in China
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