Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) announced that its soon-to-be-delivered 8,600 teu containership has successfully tested its connection with a newly introduced shoreside electric power unit that will supply a ship with electric power directly from land. This containership will be delivered at the end of September at the Aioi Shipyard of IHI Marie United, Inc.

NYK previously made the decision to equip all the large containerships the company operates with these environment-friendly shoreside electric power units.

At the port of Los Angeles, NYK Atlas, an NYK containership operating between Asia and the West Coast of North America, is currently participating in a testing program of its electric power unit. However, the unit on NYK Atlas differs from the one being placed on new ships and those currently in service. The new unit will actually be a modified container set in a rear corner cargo space, thus allowing for this modification to quickly take place on ships currently in service without the need for any major renovation.

This series of eight new 8,600 teu containerships will also be equipped with electronically controlled engines and leak-preventing hulls. NYK will continue to make environmental concerns its top priority by striving to develop and make use of environmentally consciousness engineering and equipment.

This technology allows a vessel to shut down its onboard diesel power generators while at berth and connect directly to more environment-friendly shoreside electrical power. Utilizing shore power while at dock almost eliminates the vessel’s emission of gases containing pollutants such as carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur oxide (SOx), and particulate matter (PM).