Japanese domestic container operator Imoto Lines has taken delivery of a vessel with an innovative design developed in collaboration with and constructed by Japanese shipbuilder Kyokuyo Shipyard Corp.

The 540 teu capacity Natori features a distinctive semi-spherical shaped bow with an integrated bridge. It was designed for optimal efficiency with increased capacity to meet the needs of feeder and domestic container services in Japan.

The vessel is 136.25m long with a beam of 21m. According to Kyokuyo the bow design will save 5 per cent fuel consumption under average sea conditions by reducing wind pressure by 30 per cent compared with conventional hull shapes.

The bridge and accommodation area are integrated into the forepart to ensure better visibility and crew comfort, by minimising the impact of noise and vibration from the machinery. The design also helps maximise the container loading efficiency.

The vessel features a high efficiency propeller, fuel saving paint, and a fuel oil piping system that prevents oil spills when bunkering.


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