JMUC delivers ultra large container ship for ONE

ONE GRUS is a sister ship to the ONE STORK, pictured ONE GRUS is a sister ship to the ONE STORK, pictured

Kure Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation delivered a 14,000 TEU ultra large container ship, the ONE GRUS, to Ocean Network Express (ONE) on 1 February. The delivery is the 13th of 15 vessels originally ordered by shipping operator NYK.

The ultra large containership is fitted with a number of aquadynamic features, SURF-BULB and ALV-Fin, to improve fuel efficiency, which exceeds the requirements of EEDI (energy efficiency design index) Phase 3. The main engine is equipped with an electronically controlled engine and features the “Dual Tuning” option, permitting the choice of optimised power ranges for high and low load operation. This permits the ship operator to optimise fuel economy performance in a wide range of speed ranges.

The vessel can load containers of 18 rows x 11 columns in hold and 20 columns x 9 rows on deck. In common with other vessels in the series, the vessel has used high tensile strength steel "YP 460" to increase the container load capacity.

The vessel also features a wide window to improve the widen the range of vision for vessel operators from the wing of vessel’s bridge when berthing and unberthing. The navigation bridge also includes an Integrated Navigation System (INS), which consolidates functions of vessel systems to efficiently reduce the workload of operators.

The bulker offers a service speed of about 21 knots from an electronically-controlled DU-Win GD W9X82 two-stroke diesel engine, rated for 28,310kW at 65.3 rpm and manufactured under licence at Diesel United.

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