NYK Takes Delivery of New Coal Carrier

January 23, 2019

Pirika Mosiri Maru. Image: NYK Line
Pirika Mosiri Maru. Image: NYK Line

Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) has taken delivery of a coal carrier equipped with a binary cycle power-generation system that utilizes engine exhaust heat.

The new coal carrier Pirika Mosiri Maru that NYK will own and operate to transport coal for Hokkaido Electric Power(HEPCO), was delivered yesterday (January 23) at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Saikai city, Nagasaki prefecture, and a delivery ceremony was held on the same day.

The event was attended by Akihiko Mayumi, president and director of HEPCO and NYK president Tadaaki Naito, among others.

Pirika Mosiri Maru, as the third generation ship, will take on the mission that has been handed down from the first-generation vessel named Sapporo Maru which was delivered in 1984 as HEPCO’s first coal ship, and the second ship named Shin Sapporo Maru which was delivered in 2002 and played an important role by transporting coal for the company until recently.

 The new ship, named after Japan’s indigenous Ainu language, is registered in Tomakomai port of Hokkaido and will be assigned to transport coal from Australia and Indonesia to the Tomato-Atsuma Coal Power Station of HEPCO 's thermal power plant.

"Pirika Mosiri Maru is equipped with the binary cycle power generation system unit produced for ships, an innovative system that utilizes exhaust heat from engine exhaust gas," said a press release from the company. Binary cycle power generation system for ship is jointly developed by Kobe Steel, Ltd., Miura Co. Ltd., and Asahi Shipping Co. Ltd. and has received approval as “environmental equipment” from Japan’s ship classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK).

The generated electric power will serve as auxiliary power and will reduce CO2 emissions by up to about 2 percent by decreasing fuel consumption.

In accordance with its new medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green,” the NYK Group aims to create sustainable value for the company and society, and continue its efforts to contribute to stable and economical transport of energy resources.

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