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NYK makes alternative power switch

NYK makes alternative power switch

Tokyo: Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK ) will deploy thirty-eight ships of its container vessel fleet with Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) technology over the next few years at a cost of $22 million. The vessels range in size from 4,800 teu to 8,600 teu.
Following the lead of the NYK ATLAS (pictured), the first NYK vessel built from the keel up to utilize AMP, twenty new ships currently on order will be delivered with AMP capability. In addition, seventeen ships presently in service will be retrofitted with AMP technology during their regularly scheduled inspections. The first ship to be retrofitted will be the NYK APOLLO which will enter dry dock in November of this year. The company expects to have over thirty of the AMP capable vessels in service by the end of 2009.

AMP technology allows a vessel to shut down the onboard diesel power generators while at berth and connect directly to more environmentally friendly shore-side electrical power. Utilizing shore power while at dockside significantly reduces and almost eliminates the vessel's emission of gases which contain pollutants such as carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur oxide (SOx) and particulate matter (PM).

In addition to the AMP technology, eight of the 8,600 teu containerships that NYK currently has on order will be equipped with electronically controlled engines to further reduce air emissions and leak-preventing hulls to protect the marine environment.  [27/04/07]