Shipping & Shipbuilding News - 14 February 2014 - The Brightest Maritime Daily

Fifties futuristic!

Wow! Futuristic But Retro Looking Container Ship
Amazing looking vessel manages to hint at 50s design and the future...

Kyokuyo Shipyard, Japan recently unveiled this image of a container ship ordered by Imoto Lines.

In the world of containershipping, big means beautiful, but this small feeder is likely to turn heads more than any Maersk giant!

The shipbuilders say that this domestic liner is the result of "chemical reaction" between experience and expertise of the 2 companies : Imoto Lines, a leading company for Japan's domestic sea transport, and Kyokuyo Shipyard, who have developed a series of "reputed container ship designs".

"From the outside," the shipyard says, "clean lines and Kyokuyo's award-winning and patented SSS bow give the vessel a sleek modern look. The unique front-end shape is expected to save 5%of fuel consumption under average sea condition, by reducing the wind pressure by 30% compared with conventional hulls."

"The bridge and accommodation area are smartly integrated into the fore-part to ensure better visibility and crew's comfort, by minimizing the impact of noise and vibration from the machinery. It also helps maximize the container loading efficiency."

Besides her sleek hull shape, Kyokuyo says the new container ship will be equipped with many eco-friendly features that reduce the product's impact on the environment : high efficiency propeller, fuel saving paint, F.O. piping system that prevents oil spills on bunkering, and IMO PSPC compliant coating, "to name a few".

Delivery scheduled in 2016, and work is underway to tweak the hull shape, using tank tests and wind tunnel tests, and newly introduced ship design software.

"We can't wait to build this ship that will set the benchmark for the next generation of domestic container carrier." said Kyokuyu.

Neither can we, it's not often you see ships that turn heads purely through design, and this one looks set to be a modern classic.


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