Mitsubishi Public Affairs Committee

Now in its 27th year, the Ship of the Year award each year recognizes the most technically advanced, well-designed, and socially conscious vessels built in Japan. NYK Blue Jayfs main engine is equipped with the worldfs first dual rating system which features selectable high and low power ranges. In the low range,the shipfs environmental performance is comparable to a 20,000-TEU containerships per TEU, and carbon dioxide emissions are significantly lower than Phase 3 of Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI)*¹ requirements. NYK Blue Jay also employs a hull design that minimizes the space used by the engine room, enhancing its payload efficiency. These advanced energy-saving technologies were highly commended by the panel of judges.

From right: Masashi Kashiwagi, president of JASNAOE (Professor of Osaka University); Shukei Horiuchi, deputy general manager of NYKfs Technical Group

     This is not the first time the NYK Group has been honored by JASNAOE. The companyfs cruise ship Crystal Harmony, which has since been refurbished and rebranded Asuka II, was chosen Ship of the Year in 1990. The coal carrier Soyo was selected Ship of the Year in 2013, the two module carriers Yamatai and Yamato won the Technology Special Awards in 2010, and the LNG-fueled tugboat Sakigake also received a Technology Special Award in 2016.
     The NYK Group will continue to promote differentiation through creative solutions and, in cooperation with shipbuilders and partners, continue its efforts to reduce environmental impact and to increase operational efficiencies.

Note 1cAn assessment of CO2 emissions per primary unit (ton-mile) based on specifications at the vessel design/construction stage. Calculation of EEDI is mandatory for newly built vessels, each of which is issued its own EEDI certificate. Tougher regulations will be introduced in 2020 (Phase 2) and 2025 (Phase 3).