Concept design and engineering completed for world’s first Pure-Electric tanker

Source: press release, 30 January 2019

Pure-Electric “e5” concept design and engineering has been completed
Pure-Electric “e5” concept design and engineering has been completed (illustration: Asahi Tanker/Exeno-Yamamizu)

Asahi Tanker Co. Ltd, together with its partner Exeno-Yamamizu Corporation Tokyo, has jointly developed the new domestic shipping tanker design which incorporates “zero emission electric propulsion”.

In anticipation of future adaptations to regulatory conformity ClassNK has been appointed to make technical advice on ship design and electric propulsion.

Commercial model development of “e5” design is underway for all bunker supply vessels trading in Tokyo Bay. The target of the first vessel launching is set for quarter four 2020. The project is also working for creating “e5” coastal vessels which would require longer cruising range.

The “e5” concept creates solutions to issues such as shortage of crews, vessel demand balance and environmental regulation thus contributing to the sustainability of the domestic shipping industry. The project is confident that by utilising the “e5” concept of ocean transport that a stable energy supply will be achieved enriching people’s lives and adding value to each client.

The new vessel design and related project infrastructure development will be known as “e5” which captures the five core elements of:

  • Electrification–The ships core energy source will be electricity, achieved by way of adopting lithium ion batteries.
  • Environment– Emission controls such as CO2, NOx, Sox, together with minimising noise and vibration along with improvements in vessel operation environmental controls at sea and in port.
  • Economics– Achieving economic efficiency through instalment of IoT and digital tools coupled with improved propulsion performance from using electricity.
  • Efficiency– Simple hull construction and instalment of automated equipment can reduce work load for the crew.
  • Evolution– Digitalisation and technological advancement leading to the most advanced design concept for the future of domestic shipping.