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NYK orders two heavy-lift ships

Japanese carrier says order is in response to demand for transporting cargos such as wind turbine blades and large equipment.

(Image:NYK) NYK’s new heavy-lift ship has a “house-forward” design so that cargo does not obscure the view from the bridge.

NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd., part of Japan’s largest shipping company, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (OTC: NPNYY), has signed a contract with Nanjing Jinling Shipyard Co. Ltd. for two heavy-lift ships.

NYK said the order is in response to demand for transporting cargos such as wind turbine blades, large pieces of equipment or entire plants.

The 12,470-deadweight-ton ships will be equipped with two 400-ton cranes, giving them the ability to dual hoist cargo weighing up to 800 tons. 

The ships’ holds will have no bulkheads and be about 95 meters in length at a maximum. The ships will be hatch coverless, which will allow for navigation with the hatch cover open, and the bridges will be placed near the bows of the ships so that tall and large cargo does not disrupt visibility.

NYK said the ships will be a “next-generation energy-saving” design with a significant reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions compared to existing ships of the same type. They meet Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) Phase 3 requirements that will become effective in 2025.

The EEDI was developed by the U.N.’s International Maritime Organization IMO) in 2011 and indicates the energy efficiency of a ship in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide generated per tonne-mile carried.

The IMO explained, “The intention is that by imposing limits on this index, IMO will be able to drive ship technologies to more energy-efficient ones over time. EEDI is thus a goal-based technical standard that is applicable to new ships. Ship designers and builders are free to choose the technologies to satisfy the EEDI requirements in a specific ship design. Over time, the EEDI level will reduce, this gradually leading to more energy-efficient ships.”

The two ships are expected to be delivered in August 2021 and January 2022.

NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers operates a fleet of 157 vessels including 45 crane-equipped multi-purpose and project vessels, two heavylift module carriers, and 110 handy and handy-max vessels that can transport a wide range of cargo used in industry, agriculture, energy supply, and urban infrastructure.

Chris Dupin

Chris Dupin has written about trade and transportation and other business subjects for a variety of publications before joining American Shipper and Freightwaves.