Ship of the Year 2014 LNG Carrier 'Sayaendo'

Description of Prize Winners

Ship of the Year 2014 : LNG Carrier 'Sayaendo'

The Sayaendo is the series name of 155,000m3 capacity LNG carrier. Her name—Saya (meaning pod) endo (beans)—originates from the contiguous cover (pod) that contains spherical tanks (beans).
Conventional MOSS-type LNG carriers had spherical aluminium tanks covered with stand-alone steel dome covers; however, these covers did not contribute to the structural integrity. This ship has four spherical tanks shielded under a contiguous cover bound to the ship; this improves the overall structural integrity while eliminating additional structures and achieving a reduction in the hull steel weight. She has also achieved a major reduction in frontal wind resistance. She uses a MHI Ultra Steam Turbine Plant, which has improved thermal efficiency through a heat re-use cycle and, combined with the contiguous cover, has largely improved fuel efficiency. The innovative and comprehensive nature of this technology received high acclaim, making her the Ship of the Year for 2014.


Vessel type : LNG carrier
Builder : Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
LPP × B × D–d : 275.0 m × 48.9 m × 26.0 m–11.55 m
GT : 137,000 tons (155,000m3)
Speed : 19.5 knots
Main engine : MHI Ultra Steam Turbine Plant

Awardee, Large Passenger Ship Category : Tachibana Maru

The Tachibana Maru is a cutting-edge passenger and cargo ship with a tandem hybrid CRP propulsion system. She began her Tokyo-Hachijo-jima service in June 2014 and remains active as a super eco-ship to support the life and infrastructure of distant Japanese islands. She has achieved about 15.6% energy conservation rate over conventional twin-engine twin-screw vessels. In addition, the azimuth propulsion thruster allows for superior in-port maneuverability, which has largely improved the safety and swiftness of docking and undocking. She is expected to contribute to the improvement of living environment, the development and revitalization of the regional economy, and the overall development of the Izu Islands.

Tachibana Maru

Vessel name : Tachibana Maru
Vessel type : Passenger and cargo ship
Owner : Tokai Kisen Co., Ltd., JRTT
Builder : Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Delivery : June 4, 2014
LPP × B × D–d : 109.2 m × 17.0 m × 8.95 m–5.4 m
GT : 5,681 tons
Speed : 19.0 knots
Main engine : 4,350 kW + 1,500kW azimuth thruster

Awardee, Small Passenger Ship Category : Taiko

The Taiko is a high-speed ferry that operates on the Hakata-Goto Islands service. She inherited the name“Taiko”from a previous vessel, and she has high expectations placed on her to act as the major transportation means for the region.
She follows in the wake of her predecessor with a catamaran-hull stern, and, in addition to being larger in size, she has also achieved improvements in propulsion performance, maneuverability, and seaworthiness. Efforts have also been made to outfit her to dampen noise and vibration, and improve her outfits and amenities, making her an orthodox, yet more comfortable and beautiful ship.


Vessel name : Taiko
Vessel type : Passenger and car ferry
Owner : Nomoshosen Co., Ltd.
Builder : Usuki Shipyard Co., Ltd.
Delivery : June 10, 2014
LPP × B × D–d : 79.8 m × 14.4 m × 9.5 m–3.9 m
GT : 1,598 tons
Speed : 19 knots
Main engine : DAIHATSU 6DCM-32e, 2,942 kW×2

Awardee, Large Cargo Ship Category : Pacific Spike

The Pacific Spike is the first cargo ship specially built to transport 150m train rails, the longest lengths in the world. Her single long hold with no bulkhead and her synchronized three deck cranes, operable through remote control, allow her to load 150m lengths of train rails, which previously required sectioning to load aboard a ship; thus, enabling the export of Japanese-made high-quality train rails in their full length.

Pacific Spike

Vessel name : Pacific Spike
Vessel type : Long rail carrier
Owner : Sky Tree Shipping S.A.
Builder : Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co., Ltd.
Delivery : August 29, 2014
LPP × B × D–d : 187.0 m × 28.2 m × 14.0 m–8.0 m
GT : 20,506 tons ( 24,041 DWT )
Speed : 14 knots
Main engine : 6S42MC7.1 5,100 kW

Awardee, Small Cargo Ship Category : Futaba

The Futaba is the first domestically-servicing electric motor-propelled container ship. She is outfitted with two primary power plants, and twin CPPs, and she can conserve energy by running on even only one engine. In addition to the electric motor propulsion, the placement of fore bridge allows for reduced noise and vibration and comfortable living quarters for the crew.


Vessel name : Futaba
Vessel type : Container carrier
Owner : Mukaishima Dock Co., Ltd.
Builder : Koike Shipbuilding & Shipping Co., Ltd.
Delivery : December 12, 2014
LPP × B × D–d : 86.0 m × 14.0 m × 6.7 m–3.59 m
GT : 749 tons ( 211 TEU )
Speed : 14.5 knots
Main engine : DAIHATSU 6DE23 1,500 kW×2

Awardee, Fishing/Work Vessel Category : Oshoro Maru

This is the fifth-generation training vessel of the Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University. The Oshoro Maru has a stern trawler design, ice-class hull, as well as electric motor-propulsion system that has demonstrated marked reductions of under-water noise emissions. This allows her crew to obtain delicate acoustic data in the polar regions and in inclement weather. In addition to her fine stability, her various motion reduction systems allow her to become a smooth and stable seabound campus.

Oshoro Maru

Vessel name : Oshoro Maru
Vessel type : Research and training vessel
Owner : Hokkaido University
Builder : Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
Delivery : July 28, 2014
LPP × B × D–d : 70.0 m × 13.0 m × 5.8 m–5.0 m
GT : 1,998 tons
Speed : 12.5 knots
Main engine : 1,200 kW×3 + 1,000kW×2

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