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NYK to Deploy 38 Containerships with Alternative Maritime Power Capability

On-board container unit for AMP. Click to enlarge.

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) will deploy 38 ships of its container vessel fleet with Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) technology over the next few years at a cost of $22 million. The Panamax and post-Panamax vessels (ships that are able or not able to traverse the Panama Canal due to their size) range in size from 4,800 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to 8,600 TEUs.

Following the lead of the NYK ATLAS, the first NYK vessel built from the keel up to utilize AMP, 20 new ships currently on order will be delivered with AMP capability. In addition, 17 ships presently in service will be retrofitted with AMP technology during their regularly scheduled inspections.

The first ship to be retrofitted will be the NYK APOLLO which will enter dry dock in November of this year. The company expects to have more than thirty of the AMP capable vessels in service by the end of 2009.

The NYK ATLAS presently operates between Asia and the West Coast of North America. The vessel is currently participating in AMP testing at NYK’s terminal at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) which is managed by Yusen Terminals, Inc. The Yusen terminal at POLA uses a 6.6 kV substation to provide AMP.

AMP is one of the key elements of a Clean Air Action Plan developed by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. (Earlier post.) AMP technology allows a vessel to shut down the onboard diesel power generators while at berth and connect directly to shore-side electrical power. Utilizing shore power while at dockside significantly reduces and almost eliminates the vessel’s emissions, including CO2, NOx, SOx and PM.

In addition to the AMP technology, eight of the 8,600 TEU containerships that NYK currently has on order will be equipped with electronically controlled engines to further reduce air emissions and leak-preventing hulls to protect the marine environment.



DRD T-bone

What? No sails? Come on, we need wind hybrids!


let me get this strait: when a big cargo ship is in harbor it still has to run its engines for power? No one has come up with the idea to plug these ships while dock until now???


Well the ptoblem has been the fact that up until recently it would have been very tricky to send that much power down a cablr without bugzaapping everyone in sight.

Bud Johns

I was a merchant marine from '78 to 87. On the ocean going tugs I worked on, we hooked up to shore power when we docked when availble, which was most of the time. Point is, the boats were set up for it. It was welcome too, as the screaming Detroit 2 strokes made quite a racket. However, I was on a large ship for a few years, and we did not go on shore power.....


This will be even more valuable if we ever get nuclear powered merchant ships. Anyone know if nuclear naval vessels plug into the grid when in port?

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