Wednesday, November 25, 2009

NYK Unveils New Container Ship Concept

Radical Design for the Future of Shipping
Shipping News Feature

JAPAN - With shipping emissions and pollution very prominent in the news recently and the Copenhagen Climate Change talks upcoming all of the worlds shipping lines are under increasing pressure to introduce ‘greener’ ships. Now Japanese carrier NYK Lines, in common with other major shippers such as Toyota and Mitsui O.S.K Lines, has revealed its own concepts for a low emission container freight vessel that the company states it wishes to have in service by 2030.

The NYK ‘Super Eco Ship 2030’, which is being designed in cooperation with the Monohakobi Technology Institute, Finnish marine consultants Elomatic and ship designers Garroni Progetti S.r.l. of Italy, will produce 70% less CO2 emissions than current vessels by the use of some very innovative design.

The vessel will be powered by Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) fuel cells which produce 30% less CO2 than comparable marine diesels, whilst the 2030 will also have 31,000m2 of solar panels in addition to retractable sails.

The design also features a bow-mounted bubble projector to reduce friction as the ship moves through the water and it is proposed that the vessel will actually break into segments in port so as to facilitate freight handling and thus aid efficiency.

NYK state that they plan for their fleet to produce zero emissions by 2050.

Anyone wishing to see a video explaining more on the 2030 concept press here.