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SUISO FRONTIER wins The Ship Of The Year 2021 Award in Japan

The Ship of the Year Award 2021 given by the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE) had 11 candidate vessels to choose from this year, the 32nd year of the annual event. The Ship of the Year award are given to outstanding vessels or offshore structures 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 2021 were held on May 10 as an online conference due to the constraints of COVID-19.

The SUISO FRONTIER built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. was the winner of the Ship of the Year Award 2021 as the world's first liquefied hydrogen (LH2) carrier in Japan. Other winners of individual sectors were the CENTURY HIGHWAY GREEN (Large cargo ship sector), the SHIOJI MARU (Fishing ship/research ship sector), the HYDROBINGO (Small passenger ship sector), and the RYUTO (Small cargo ship sector).

The prize award ceremony took place at the Kaiun Club on July 22, as a joint event organized by the three academic societies in the maritime science sector, the JASNAOE, Japan Institute of Marine Engineering (JIME), and Japan Institute of Navigation (JIN).

SUISO FRONTIER

The winner of the Ship of the Year Award 2021 was the world's first large ocean-going LH2 carrier, SUISO FRONTIER, designed for long-distance transport. Hydrogen is now expected to be widely used as a next generation energy source as combustion emits no CO2. Kawasaki completed the ship by developing the cryogenic LH2-cargo tank and piping system based on its technological expertise of vacuum-insulation piping system for constructing LH2 processing and storing facilities on land. This ship design will enable stable and low-cost supply of hydrogen from overseas sources and stimulate wider use of hydrogen as a fuel in various fields, decreasing the supply costs of hydrogen.

SUISO FRONTIER
Ship name
SUISO FRONTIER
Ship type
Liquefied hydrogen carrier
Ship owner
CO2-free Hydrogen Energy Supply-chain Technology Research Association (HySTRA)
Shipbuilder
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Completion
December 3, 2021 (Classification date)
Lpp × B × D - d
109.0m x 19.0m x 10.6m - 4.5m
Gross tonnage
7,849
Speed, service
13.0kt
Main engine
Electric propulsion x 2 units (1,360kW)
LH2 cargo tank capacity
1,253m³
Features
Double-wall vacuum-insulation piping system, bow-thruster, Schilling rudder, and CPP
Winners of individual sectors

CENTURY HIGHWAY GREEN(Large cargo ship sector)

TKawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. has set the target of 50% improvement over the 40% reduction in CO2 emissions specified by IMO in 2008. Consequently, the company has built the CENTURY HIGHWAY GREEN, a vehicle carrier, powered with Japan's first high-pressure LNG-fueled main engine at its domestic shipyard. This carrier has the world's first remote-inspection adaptable system as a digital-flag ship using inboard-transmission infrastructures to anticipate future the requirements.

CENTURY HIGHWAY GREEN
Ship name
CENTURY HIGHWAY GREEN
Ship type
Automobile carrier
Ship owner
FC Lead Leasing Ltd., Mahonia Leasing Co., Ltd.
Shipbuilder
Tadotsu Shipyard Co., Ltd. of Imabari Shipbuilding Group
Completion
March 12, 2021
Lpp × B × D - d
192.00m x 37.20m x 36.51m - 9.718m
Gross tonnage
73,515
Speed, service
18.0kt
Main engine
MITSUI MAN B&W 8S50ME-C9.6-GI-EGRBP
Cargo
Max. 7,080 units of automobiles (RT43)
Features
High-pressure LNG-fueled main engine, LNG-fueled diesel-generator/boiler, Optimal navigation-support equipment, Low-friction bottom paint, Preventive diagnostic system for auxiliary engines, Inboard Wi-Fi system, and Camera arrangement in the engine room and cargo holds.

SHIOJI MARU(Fishing ship/research ship sector)

The SHIOJI MARU is a training and research ship of the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. As a moving campus and moving laboratory, the ship has facilities for both training and study in the areas of ship operation and the marine environment for trainees hoping to become ship officers, students, and related personnel. Moreover, the ship is provided with facilities for training and study for marine development together with disaster-support functions. Therefore, the vessel is expected to increase the training and study resources related to shipping and the marine environment in Japan.

SHIOJI MARU
Ship name
SHIOJI MARU
Ship type
Training and research ship
Ship owner
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Shipbuilder
Japan Marine United Corporation
Completion
October 13, 2021
Lpp × B × D - d
54.0m x 11.1m x 6.5m - 3.5m
Gross tonnage
775
Speed, cruising
12kt
Main engine
IHI prime-mover Model 6MG26HLX; 1,250kW x 720 min-1 x 1 unit
Complement
70 (8 officers; 11 staff members; 7 instructors, and 44 students)
Features
Sonar dome for underwater and sea-bottom investigation as well as various devices for ocean and marine biology research.

RYUTO(Small cargo ship sector)

The RYUTO, a coasting chemical tanker, is designed with adoption of the "Integrated remote cargo-handling system," "Ship's arriving/leaving-support system," and "Remote monitoring system" developed based on advanced digital technology. With these digital technologies, labor of the crew can be reduced appropriately. The coastal tanker requires considerable labor for cargo-handling work, high ship-operation skill for entering and leaving port, and watch-keeping for the engine room and other functions. All such burdens can be reduced thus allowing labor-saving amid the serious labor shortage.

RYUTO
Ship name
RYUTO
Ship type
Chemical tanker
Ship owner
Fuji Kisen Limited
Shipbuilder
Hongawara Shipyard Co., Ltd.
Completion
May 31, 2021
Lpp × B × D - d
40.0m x 8.0m x 3.35m - 3.1m
Gross tonnage
196
Speed, service
10.5kt
Main engine
6EY17W 749kW (1,018PS)
Cargoes
Caustic soda, Calcium chloride solution
Features
Integrated remote cargo-handling system, Ship's arriving/leaving-support system, Shore monitoring system, Cargo tanks with top-side tanks, Bow and stern thrusters, DIMW, Millimeter-wave radar, ISO data server, and Around-view monitor.

HYDROBINGO(Small passenger ship sector)

The HYDROBINGO is the world's first passenger ferry propelled by a dual-fuel engine using hydrogen and light oil, which can decrease CO2 emissions by up to 50%. In the absence of a hydrogen-supply infrastructure, the ship can navigate with only light-oil fuel. A unique hydrogen fuel system and a special hydrogen tank trailer have been developed as well. The ship was designed and arranged to be used by a variety of passengers to comply with the Transportation Accessibility Improvement Law.

HYDROBINGO
Ship name
HYDROBINGO
Ship type
Catamaran-type aluminum-alloy hull passenger ferry
Ship owner
JPNH2YDRO Co., Ltd.
Shipbuilder
Tsuneishi Facilities & Craft Co., Ltd.
Completion
July 12, 2021
Lpp × B × D - d
17.16m x 5.40m x 1.75m - 0.75m
Gross tonnage
19
Speed, max. trial
26.0kt
Speed, service
23.0kt
Main engine
H2 & light oil dual-fuel engine, Model HyPenta D13-1000 441kW at 2,300min-1 x 2 unit
Passengers
80
Crew members
2
Features
Hydrogen tank trailer, Integrated monitoring system, Double-wall low-pressure piping, Hydrogen-fuel breaker with hydrogen-pressure reducing valve, Gas detector, Fire alarm (heat sensor type), Sprinklers, Ventilator, Barrier-free toilet with revolving autodoor, and View deck.
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