Container line Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has revealed plans to build what it describes as “Super Eco Ship” as part of its green 2022 plans.
The ship has been crafted as 2050-model pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) and will run on 70% less energy than a standard vessel.
NYK says it has been able to achieve this by remodeling the hull to cut water friction and introducing fuel cells for electric propulsion, as well as utilizing other highly efficient propulsion devices.
Instead of fossil fuels, all the ship’s power will come from renewable energy sources, which, NYK says, will lead to it being a zero-emission vessel.
Furthermore, it will be maintained by utilizing digital twins, a smart technology that realizes physical conditions digitally and enables real-time analyses from land offices, accident prevention and optimal maintenance.
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In addition, optimization of route planning will now take place at port or fleet-level, rather than ship-level.
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Automatic mooring and ship cargo handling will minimize port stays and enable just-in-time arrival throughout the supply chain.
In a statement: NYK said: “The NYK Group will promote decarbonization through technical development that contributes to energy savings and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.
“By applying this to actual vessels, through the concept of NYK Super Eco Ship 2050, the company will continue to contribute to the sustainable development of society and enrichment of the group’s corporate value.”