Novel boxship design makes debut

Novel boxship design makes debut

An innovative new containership design has debuted in Japan. Imoto Lines has recently taken delivery of its largest ship to date, the 136 m long, 540 teu Natori which comes with a spherical accommodation block at the front of the vessel. Built by Kyokuyo Shipyard the accommodation block is designed, the yard says, to reduce wind resistance.

The shipyard has built car carriers with similar bow designs in the past.

Imoto Lines operates domestically. Readers can view more of the ship via this YouTube video.


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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    Dimitris Nathanael
    December 21, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Crew level of discomfort due to exposure to higher pitch motion should be an issue