Japanese shipping company NYK has unveiled plans for a zero-emission Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) that could help the group achieve its long-term decarbonization goals.
The conceptual design, which NYK calls the Super Eco Ship 2050, builds on its previous concept ship the NYK Super Eco Ship 2030, unveiled in 2009, but with an updated design that makes use of advances in technology over the last decade.
The NYK Super Eco Ship 2050 is designed as a 2050-model PCTC. According to NYK, the concept would only require 70% of the power needed to operate compared to a conventional PCTC thanks to an optimized hull to decrease water friction, reduced weight, and fuel cells for electric propulsion. Instead of fossil fuels, power for the ship would come from solar energy and hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources, all of which would lead to a reduction of CO2 by 100 percent, thereby resulting in a zero-emission vessel, NYK says.