Ship of the Year 2017

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 type20,000TEU class containership
ShipownerCypress Maritime, S.A.
ShipbuilderImabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
CompletionOctober 31, 2017
L (b.p.) x B x D x d383.4m x 58.5m x 32.9m x 16.0m
Gross tonnage210,691
Main engineMAN B&W 11G95ME-C9.5 diesel x 1 unit(56,380kW)
Container loading capacity20,182TEUs
FeaturesAdoption 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 typeCar ferry
ShipownerShin Nihonkai Ferry Co., Ltd.
ShipbuilderMitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
CompletionJune 26, 2017
L (b.p.) x B x D x d188.0m x 26.6m x 20.3m x 7.2m
Gross tonnage14,125
Main engineWartsila 16V38C diesel (11,000kW) x 2 units
Passengers600 people
Vehicles150 12m long trucks and 22 passenger automobiles
FeaturesAdoption 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 typeCar ferry
ShipownerToyofuji Shipping Co., Ltd.
ShipbuilderNaikai Zosen Corporation
CompletionDecember 31, 2017
L (b.p.) x B x D x d199.9m x 32.2m x 30.3m x 14.8m
Gross tonnage50,200
Main engineHitachi MAN B&W 6S60ME-C8.5 diesel x 1 unit
Cargo loading capacity3,000 passenger cars
FeaturesAdoption 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 typeCatamaran-type hydrofoil craft
ShipownerNagasaki Kisen Co., Ltd.
ShipbuilderSetouchi Craft Co., Ltd.
CompletionMay 30, 2017
L (b.p.) x B x D x d30.1m x 7.0m x 2.6m x 1.1m
Gross tonnage124
Main engineMTU 16V2000M70 diesel (1,050kW) x 2 units
Crew3 members
Passengers150 people
FeaturesAdoption 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 typeCoasting cargo ship
ShipownerMukaishima Dock Co., Ltd.
ShipbuilderKoike Shipbuilding & Shipping Co., Ltd.
CompletionJune 27, 2017
L (b.p.) x B x D x d45.37m x 12.4m x 5.3m x 5.1m
Gross tonnage499
Main engineHanshin Diesel LH28 (1,029kW) diesel x 1 unit
Cargo loading capacitySteel materials of approximately 1,500 tons
FeaturesAdoption 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 typeFishery exploration and training ship
ShipownerJapan Fishery Research and Education Agency
ShipbuilderMitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
CompletionOctober 31, 2017
L (b.p.) x B x D x d58.0m x 11.9m x 6.98m x 4.45m
Gross tonnage1,354
Main engineLA34RG (1,700kW) x 1 unit
Complement28 crew members
8 instructors/researchers
50 undergraduates
FeaturesAdoption of hybrid propulsion system and various investigation installations

(extracted from SEA-Japan No.390)
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