NYK Super Eco Ship 2030

Hat tip to gCaptain for bringing this to my attention.  The NYK Line has released more information on their Super Eco Ship concept design.

Highlights of this design include:

  • 9MW of solar panels covering the entire topside cargo area
  • Retractable sails between each cargo bay
  • Self-unloading cargo bays
  • Superconducting power link between the forward engine room and the aft thrusters
  • Modular design that allows complete separation of the bow and stern from the middle cargo area (somewhat like an ITB, but the cargo ship version)
  • Powered by modular LNG fuel cells
  • sleek, low wind resistance design

I for one would like to see this on the oceans. Check out the concept video here.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

5 comments on “NYK Super Eco Ship 2030
  1. Sounds like a green Science-Fiction-Story…
    Interesting concept. We’ll see what else will be possible when they start to build the first ship with this design.

  2. Yeah, sounds like science fiction to me. That’s a LOT of solar panels, and they don’t come cheap. And how well would they stand up to pounding seas? Even if they did last, they would have to be cleaned almost constantly to keep the spray off of them.

  3. I believe the technical term is ‘greenwashing’.

    Are those retractable sails really going to produce more energy over their lifetime than the energy used carrying that extra weight and mechanical complexity? I’d like to see the numbers on that.

    A superconducting link? Here’s an idea, since they are using LNG fuel cells why don’t they just put the fuel cells close to the thruster pods? I don’t believe for a second that the cost of running a cryogenic plant to keep a wire bathed in liquid helium is going to be less than the resistive energy loss on a big cable from one end of the ship to another. The other option is to have a really, really big helium store. But then you are paying the energy cost for lugging it around the world.

    This sounds like an exercise in putting as many hot buzzword technologies into a video presentation than an actual engineering project.

  4. I hope that someday, I will be aboarded on that ship if it will truly possible. It will be the best thing that will happen in my life. :)

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