Japan's First Post-Panamax PCC Delivered

By George Backwell
Friday, May 30, 2014
'Aries Leader': Image NYK

NYK says it has taken delivery of the new high-tech pure car carrier (PCC), 'Aries Leader', built by Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co. Ltd.

With a capacity of 7,000 units, the new carrier includes the latest energy-saving technology including a hull air-lubrication system and a hybrid turbocharger — both of which, says NYK have been installed on a car carrier for the first time — in addition to an electronically controlled engine and the use of water-emulsified boiler fuel.

NYK adds that the hulls of its pure car carriers have traditionally been painted aurora blue, but this ship has been painted green to signify its status clearly as an environmental flagship.

Vessel Particulars

Length overall: 199.98 meters
Breadth: 35.80 meters
Depth Molded: 37.70 meters
Total car capacity: 7,000 units
Deadweight tonnage: 18,808 tons
Gross tonnage: 69,931 tons

Explanatory note
Air-lubrication system: an energy-saving technique that reduces the frictional resistance between a vessel’s bottom and the seawater by supplying air to the vessel’s bottom and thus generating bubbles
Hybrid turbocharger: device to utilize the extra rotational power generated by the turbine for electric power generation
Water-emulsified fuel
: a fuel compound composed of a mixture of water and heavy oil
 

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