The NYK Group of Japan is going green. Instead of the traditional aurora blue hulls, the new green energy pure car carriers will be painted green. This is not just a fashion statement. It is a tribute to the green energy that is now being implemented on the new Aries Leader pure car carrier, built by Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co. Ltd. Today, May 27, 2014, NYK took physical control over their purchased vessel, which is the first Japanese-built post-Panamax car carrier. The carrier was built at the Onishi Shipyard in the Ehime prefecture.
The pure car carrier is considered green because the manufacturers predict a large reduction in the emissions of carbon dioxide per unit in a side by side comparison with existing large pure car carriers, despite the fact that the Aries Leader has an increased capacity by seven thousand (7,000) units. The reduction of carbon dioxide emissions is credited to the implementation of two of the latest carrier technologies. The first energy-saving technology is the air lubrication system, which uses air bubbles to reduce the resistance on the ship’s hull.
This system is expected to not only produce up to a fifteen percent carbon dioxide emissions curtailing, but also expressive fuel retention. The second energy-saving technology is the hybrid turbocharger, which uses the excess power created by the rotations of the turbine as another way to generate electric power. The use of this hybrid turbocharger shows a drastic difference in carbon dioxide emissions from that of its diesel generator predecessor. The Aries Leader also boasts the use of water-emulsified fuel – that is, fuel that has had water added to it that is used in the boiler. The addition of water to the fuel is expected to even further reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions, hereby making the Aries Leader one of the most energy-efficient pure car carriers to date.