NYK Super Eco Ship 2050's design incorporates reduced resistance of the hull by reducing the weight of the hull and improving the hull form. The ship will also have electric propulsion using fuel cell and adopting highly efficient propulsion equipment. These features will reduce the ship's weight by 70%, thus reducing the energy needed as well.
The vessel will also have a solar panel and will use hydrogen derived from renewable energy instead of fossil fuel for fuel, achieving zero emissions of CO2.
In addition, with an air lubrication system, air will be sent to the bottom of the ship to reduce frictional resistance of seawater. What is more, the ship will have multiple flap-like fins like a dolphin's tail movement and not a conventional propeller to enhance propulsion efficiency.
Moreover, to achieve better maintenance, digital twin technology will reproduce the status of the hull digitally. This will enable real-time analysis by onshore experts, as well as the development of the ideal maintenance plan to prevent accidents and malfunctions.
Furthermore, the vessel aspires to improve the accuracy of its scheduled and regular flight operations and enhance the efficiency of cargo handling by automatic girder and ship replacement of cargo from ships to ships.
NYK is currently trying to reduce its GHG emissions per ton-kilometer by 30% by 2030 compared to 2015, and 50% by 2050. To meet this goal, the company is considering the development of hardware technology and progress of digitalization in shipbuilding, operations and cargo handling.