Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) is to build a next-generation energy-saving bulk carrier for Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).

The scrubber-fitted ship will be 299.9m long, 50m wide and have a depth of 25m.

The 211,000dwt cape-size bulk carrier will transport raw materials for JFE Steel under a long-term charter contract between NYK and JFE Steel.

Flying the flag of Panama, the vessel will comply with nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission regulations and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) sulphur oxide (SOx) emission limit.

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The ship will feature greater cargo space than a conventional ship, increasing its fuel economy.

It will also comply with the stricter Phase 2 Energy Efficiency Design Index requirements that will come into place in 2020.

Set to be built using corrosion-resistant steel, the ship will have a gross tonnage of 108,900t.

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Expected to be delivered by 2021, the ship will be equipped with a SOx scrubber to meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) rulings on sulphur content.

IMO has put a 0.5% cap on sulphur content in marine fuels, starting from 2020.

Working with NYK Group companies MTI and Japan Marine Science, NYK developed a new system that assists seafarers at the time of berthing operations in March.

By evaluating a vessel’s controllability, the system will be able to visualise the risk in the berthing operation and reduce the burden on the operator, eliminating accidents that are caused by heavy workload and other human factors.

To promote decarbonisation, NYK Group last year unveiled a new concept ship crafted as a pure car and truck carrier.

The NYK Super Eco Ship 2050 features innovative technologies to support the development of an emission-free vessel.