Tokyo, June 29, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - Tokyo, June 29, 2012 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has signed an agreement with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. to build a 'Sayaendo' series new-generation liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier. The ship offers significantly improved fuel consumption and maintainability through various features including enhanced ship structure efficiency. The ship will be used mainly for transportation of LNG for the Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.
The LNG carrier measures 288.0m in length overall (LOA), 48.94m in width, and 11.55m in draft. The 138,000 gross tonnage (75,000 deadweight tonnage) ship is capable of carrying up to 153,000 m3 of LNG (cargo tank total volume: 155,000m3) using four Moss-type* tanks.
The 'Sayaendo' features a peapod-shaped continuous cover for the Moss spherical tanks integrated with the ship's hull, in lieu of a conventional hemispherical cover. This configuration enables greater structural efficiency together with size and weight reductions, maintaining the ship's overall strength. The continuous cover over the tanks also improves aerodynamics by substantially reducing wind pressure, which serves as drag on ship propulsion. For its main power plant, the 'Sayaendo' adopts MHI's 'Ultra Steam Turbine Plant' (UST), a new turbine plant which achieves higher thermal efficiency through effective use of thermal energy by reheating steam. The new unit, in combination with downsizing, weight reduction and hull line improvement, enables the 'Sayaendo' to achieve a substantial 25% reduction in fuel consumption compared to conventional ships.
In conventional carriers, pipes, wires and catwalks atop the tanks have been supported by complex structures. By covering the tanks with an integrated cover and making those supporting structures unnecessary, the new design improves maintainability. CO2 emissions are also reduced as a result of lower fuel consumption, and responsiveness to environmental issues is further enhanced with installation of a ballast water treatment system, addressing impact on the marine ecosystem.
Given the current trend toward adoption of international marine transportation rules for reducing environmental burdens, coupled with continuing fuel price escalation, demand and expectations for more energy-efficient 'eco-ships' have been increasing significantly. MHI places eco-ships, including the energy-saving, highly environmentally responsive 'Sayaendo' LNG carriers, among the key high-value-added products which the company's Shipbuilding & Ocean Development business sector is focusing on with the aim of expanding its lineup. Gaining momentum from the latest order for the 'Sayaendo,' MHI will continue its aggressive pursuit of activities in eco-ship development and proposal-based marketing, including overseas market.
* Moss-type LNG carriers use independent spherical storage tanks to transport LNG. The upper half of the tank is covered by a semispherical dome and the lower half under the deck is supported by a cylindrical skirt structure.
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (TSE: 7011, 'MHI'), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated sales of 2,903.7 billion yen in fiscal 2010, the year ended March 31, 2011. MHI's diverse lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding, power plants, chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures, industrial and general machinery, aircraft, space rocketry and air-conditioning systems. For more information, please visit the MHI website at www.mhi.co.jp.
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