Asahi Tanker shows off electric ambitions

Asahi Tanker shows off electric ambitions

Japan’s Asahi Tanker, along with its partner Exeno-Yamamizu Corporation Tokyo, has jointly developed a new domestic shipping tanker design which incorporates what it claims is zero emissions electric propulsion.

Commercial model development of e5 design is underway with the support of local classification society Class NK for all bunker supply vessels trading in Tokyo Bay.

The target of the first vessel launching is set for the final quarter of next year. The project is also working onr creating e5 coastal vessels with longer cruising ranges.

The 60 m long, 1,300 cu m ships’ core energy source will be electricity, achieved by way of adopting lithium-ion batteries.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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