On February 22, a new, advanced 14,000-TEU containership entered the NYK fleet after being delivered at the Kure shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation (head office: Tokyo; president and CEO: Shinjiro Mishima).
The vessel, NYK Blue Jay, employs a hull form that allows for improved cargo-loading efficiency, mainly achieved by minimizing engine-room space. Moreover, the vessel’s main engine is equipped with the world’s first system (patent pending) featuring two power ranges (high and low) that allow for high speed operations, and result in an improved fuel-consumption rate when slow-streaming, resulting in a significant reduction of both carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption. These innovations will enable the vessel to achieve the greatest operational energy savings in the shipping industry, in addition to cost competitiveness that would favorably compare with larger vessels capable of carrying 20,000 TEUs.
NYK Blue Jay is the first of 10 containerships that will be chartered by NYK under time charter contracts with the owner. The other nine vessels will be delivered and chartered by June 2018.
NYK will put the first vessel into service between Asia and Europe, and continue the company’s efforts to provide higher quality and more competitive services for our customers.
About NYK Blue Jay
Length Overall: 364 meters
Breadth: 51 meters
Molded Depth: 29.5 meters
Summer Load Draft: 15.79 meters
Deadweight Tonnage: 139,335 tons
Gross Tonnage: 144,285 tons
In February, a second floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO)* unit deployed by NYK for the BM-S-11 consortium** through a joint venture company started oil production in a pre-salt area off Brazil.
This FPSO unit, FPSO Cidade de Marica, is owned by a shareholder consortium comprising SBM Offshore N.V. (Netherlands), Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás S.A. (Brazil), and a joint venture company between NYK (48.72 percent; head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; president: Tadaaki Naito) and the Mitsubishi Corporation (51.28 percent; head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; president & CEO: Ken Kobayashi). The joint venture has a 20-year time charter contract with Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) to operate the FSPO.
NYK will aim to further advance its expertise in the FPSO business by dispatching technical staff to this project as well as FPSO Cidade de Paraty.***
In accordance with its “More Than Shipping 2018” medium-term management plan, NYK will continue to make use of its extensive technical know-how to expand and develop its business in the offshore industry, which is expected to grow remarkably.
Outline of FPSO
Oil processing capacity 150,000 barrels of oil per day
Gas processing capacity 6 million cubic meters per day
Oil storage capacity 1.6 million barrels
Water injection capabilities 200,000 barrels per day
Mooring type Spread mooring
* An FPSO unit is a ship-shaped offshore installation that produces crude oil by separating solids, water, and gases from liquid drawn from reservoirs beneath the seabed and storing the oil until it is offloaded to shuttle tankers or export tankers.
** BM-S-11 is a consortium (comprising Petrobras (65%), BG E&P Brasil Ltda (25%), and Petrogal Brasil Ltda (10%)) that owns the BM-S-11 fields offshore Brazil.
*** FPSO Cidade de Paraty is deployed for the BM-S-11 consortium and started oil production in June 2013 in the Lula Field.
Related press releases:
NYK Confirms Participation in Two FPSO Businesses for Petrobras in Brazil,
Oil Production Starts at FPSO Unit in the Lula Field, http://www.nyk.com/english/release/2446/002661.html
NYK and Itochu to Participate in FPSO Business for Petrobras in Brazil to Produce Oil in Pre-salt area, http://www.nyk.com/english/release/1414/NE_110715_2.html
For a third consecutive year, NYK was one of 10 shipping lines recognized with an Environmental Ship Index (ESI)* award by HAROPA, a joint initiative between the ports of Le Havre, Rouen, and Paris.
During the awards ceremony in Paris on December 3, 2015, Jerome de Ricqles, director of the NYK France Liner Division, received a trophy from Emmanuele Perron, president of the Supervisory Board of Grand Port Maritime du Havre (GPMH), and from Herve Martel, director of GPMH.
The award recognized the performance of shipping lines in the 2014 calendar year, but the ceremony had been postponed so that it could coincide with COP21, also known as the Paris Climate Conference.
The ESI was set up by the World Port Climate Initiative and identifies vessels managing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through a reporting scheme that evaluates the amounts of nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide released.
Since 2012, HAROPA has recognized the top 10 shipping lines operating containerships or Ro-Ro vessels scoring more than 30 points per call in a complex calculation that includes vessel specifications, bunkering details, etc., and is validated using the official ESI website.
NYK will continue its efforts to contribute to the realization of a global environment and sustainable society based on the group’s “More Than Shipping 2018” medium-term management plan.