Japan looks to develop wind-assisted capesize
Namura Shipbuilding and NS United Kaiun have joined forces to develop a wind-assisted 183,000 dwt capesize vessel in response to the Japanese government's greenhouse gas aims
Tokyo has set a target of a 46% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. That will require development of new fuel-efficient technology
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Update: The design includes five sails installed along the vessel that is expected to allow efficiency gains of up to 8% and a reduction of up to 3,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per ship per year, Vale says that if this pilot project is successful, the technology will be rolled out to 40% of the fleet
The industry needed to focus on a propulsion-centric approach when it came to ship design rather than focusing on the fuel approach. At the moment, wind was not part of the matrix
Partnership follows another agreement between MOL and compatriot shipper Tohoku Electric Power to build a 99,000 dwt coal carrier equipped with the same the propulsion technology
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