Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said Thursday it has designed a new large, fuel-efficient containership that emits 35 percent less heat-trapping carbon dioxide percent compared with conventional carriers.
The newly designed vessel can carry 14,000 6-meter equivalent unit containers and will be able to travel through the Panama Canal after the waterway’s expansion is completed in 2014, the Tokyo-based heavy machinery maker said.
The vessel MALS-14000CS is equipped with the Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System, which reduces frictional resistance between the hull and seawater by running air bubbles along the bottom, it said.
It also uses an advanced hull design and propulsion system, making it possible to achieve an overall 35 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions, it said.
With a 1 percent emission cut, the vessel will be capable of cutting fuel costs by up to ¥30 million annually, said Takashi Unseki, acting general manager of the company’s ship and ocean engineering department.
The move comes at a time when international maritime transportation faces the need to address global warming. The International Maritime Organization is working to develop a convention to curb carbon dioxide emissions.
“We would like to contribute to preventing global warming by utilizing various technologies,” Unseki said.