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Ship of the Year Award 2017 goes to Mega containership, MOL TRUTH

The Ship of the Year award given by the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers had 10 vessels to choose from this year, the 28th year of the annual event.The Ship of the Year award is given to innovative vessels built in the past year based on technical, artistic and social considerations.

The candidate announcement meeting and the selection meeting for the Ship of the Year Award 2017 were held on May 14 at the Meiji Kinenkan in Minato-ku, Tokyo, and the 20,000TEU class containership MOL TRUTH, the biggest Japanese-built vessel of this category, came out as the winner.

The 12 members who were present, out of the total of 13 incumbent selection committee members, made the choice of the MOL TRUTH, winning a majority of nine in the first voting out of the 12 committee members. As the vessel had such advantages of high transportation efficiency embodying diverse energy-efficiency features in addition to the economy of scale of the world's largest class containership, capable of carrying 20,000TEUs in its huge hull measuring 400 meters in overall length, the vessel gained the title of the Ship of the Year 2017.

Ship of the Year 2017 : MOL TRUTH

Ship type
20,000TEU class containership
Shipowner
Cypress Maritime, S.A.
Shipbuilder
Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
Completion
October 31, 2017
L (b.p.) x B x D x d
383.4m x 58.5m x 32.9m x 16.0m
Gross tonnage
210,691
Main engine
MAN B&W 11G95ME-C9.5 diesel x 1 unit(56,380kW)
Container loading capacity
20,182TEUs
Features
Adoption of 4-stage lashing bridge and generator-use flue gas economizer

Ship of the Year 2017 Category Awards

The winners of individual sectors included the AZALEA (large passenger ship sector), the TRANS HARMONY 1 (large cargo ship sector), the TAKASU (small passenger ship sector), the HYPER-ECO (small cargo ship sector), the TENYO MARU (fishing and work vessel sector) and the KAIRYU (offshore structure/equipment sector).

The prize awarding ceremony, a joint event organized by the three academic societies in the maritime science sector, took place on July 13 at the Kaiun Club.

AZALEA, large passenger ship sector award

The car ferry AZALEA built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.(present Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co.- MSC) entered shuttle service between Otaru (Hokkaido) and Niigata in June 2017. The ship was designed by adopting the advanced energy-saving hull form, Proximity Twin-Screw System, and Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS) to reduce hull resistance and improve propulsion efficiency to achieve increased navigation speed and reduced fuel consumption compared with the previous vessel.

Ship type
Car ferry
Shipowner
Shin Nihonkai Ferry Co., Ltd.
Shipbuilder
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Completion
June 26, 2017
L (b.p.) x B x D x d
188.0m x 26.6m x 20.3m x 7.2m
Gross tonnage
14,125
Speed
25.0kt
Main engine
Wartsila 16V38C diesel (11,000kW) x 2 units
Passengers
600 people
Vehicles
150 12m long trucks and 22 passenger automobiles
Features
Adoption of MALS and fin stabilizers

TRANS HARMONY 1, large cargo ship sector award

Based on the concept of "harmony of humans and the global environment," the vehicle carrier was designed using safety technologies such as night-vision devices to achieve zero accidents on board the ship. The hull form with less wind resistance and various energy-saving technologies reduces fuel consumption by 17% (or CO2 by 52% per cargo unit in transport). The original inboard lighting system and heat-insulation coating provides comfortable living and working environments for the crew.

Ship type
Car ferry
Shipowner
Toyofuji Shipping Co., Ltd.
Shipbuilder
Naikai Zosen Corporation
Completion
December 31, 2017
L (b.p.) x B x D x d
199.9m x 32.2m x 30.3m x 14.8m
Gross tonnage
50,200
Speed
19.75kt
Main engine
Hitachi MAN B&W 6S60ME-C8.5 diesel x 1 unit
Cargo loading capacity
3,000 passenger cars
Features
Adoption of night-vision devices and safety assurance system for the crew

TAKASU, small passenger ship sector award

The TAKASU is a high-speed catamaran-type hydrofoil craft plying between isolated islands off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture. The ferry has slender hull form and upright stems that make the ship's waterline length longer. Wave-making resistance can be reduced by the surface effect of hydrofoils installed between the hulls. Full-automatic controllable flaps attached to the foils alleviate the rolling and pitching motions for more comfortable cruising.

Ship type
Catamaran-type hydrofoil craft
Shipowner
Nagasaki Kisen Co., Ltd.
Shipbuilder
Setouchi Craft Co., Ltd.
Completion
May 30, 2017
L (b.p.) x B x D x d
30.1m x 7.0m x 2.6m x 1.1m
Gross tonnage
124
Speed
30.0kt
Main engine
MTU 16V2000M70 diesel (1,050kW) x 2 units
Crew
3 members
Passengers
150 people
Features
Adoption of full-automatic controllable flaps and inboard WiFi

HYPER-ECO, small cargoship sector award

The HYPER-ECO is a energy-conscious coasting cargo ship, which was designed with the optimized hull form and has adopted the latest technologies, i.e., contra-rotating propeller, hybrid propulsion system, LV Fin, rudder bulb, etc. The main propulsion system consists of the main diesel engine and shaft generator. The shaft generator is also used as an electric motor drive at low ship speeds. Hybrid ship operation is thus achieved with low noise and vibration.

Ship type
Coasting cargo ship
Shipowner
Mukaishima Dock Co., Ltd.
Shipbuilder
Koike Shipbuilding & Shipping Co., Ltd.
Completion
June 27, 2017
L (b.p.) x B x D x d
45.37m x 12.4m x 5.3m x 5.1m
Gross tonnage
499
Speed
11kt
Main engine
Hanshin Diesel LH28 (1,029kW) diesel x 1 unit
Cargo loading capacity
Steel materials of approximately 1,500 tons
Features
Adoption of contra-rotating propeller and hybrid propulsion system

TENYO MARU, fishing vessel/work-ship sector award

The TENYO MARU is a fishery exploration and training ship with dual purposes: training of maritime officers and fishery investigation and research. Besides various fishing devices, radars, and sounders, the ship is equipped with hybrid propulsion system for engineer training, and SCR, a water-mixture fuel generator, and power-system monitoring system for training to cope with environmental conservation.

Ship type
Fishery exploration and training ship
Shipowner
Japan Fishery Research and Education Agency
Shipbuilder
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Completion
October 31, 2017
L (b.p.) x B x D x d
58.0m x 11.9m x 6.98m x 4.45m
Gross tonnage
1,354
Speed
12.0kt
Main engine
LA34RG (1,700kW) x 1 unit
Complement
28 crew members
8 instructors/researchers
50 undergraduates
Features
Adoption of hybrid propulsion system and various investigation installations
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