Asahi Tanker introduces all-electric bunker vessel concept
Asahi Tanker, the Japanese ship operator, has unveiled a vessel design for the world's first fully-electric tanker, in conjunction with ship broker Exeno-Yamamizu.
The design concept, e5, incorporates “zero emission electric propulsion” with lithium ion-based ESS systems, digital connectivity, and increased automation to reduce crewing requirements.
In anticipation of future changes to class rules, ClassNK has been appointed to provide technical advice on ship design and electric propulsion.
The vessel’s hull was designed by Groot Ship Design, while Kawasaki Heavy contributed the vessel’s electric propulsion system.
The company has identified the bunker supply segment in Japan's Tokyo Bay area as its initial target segment, and aims to launch its first vessel in Q4 2020. The project is also working towards creating coastal vessels, although this would require longer cruising range.
Cargo tank capacity
2 x 350 kW azimuth thruster, 1 x 130 kW bow thruster
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