On May 27th 2014 NYK welcomed m/v Aries Leader to their fleet, the very first post-Panamax car carrier to be delivered in Japan. This new style vessel showcases all the latest energy saving technologies and has an increased car capacity of 7,000 units. The vessels hull, traditionally painted with blue stripes, has been changed to green for the first time to highlight NYK's environmental flagship vessel.

Design Concept:

  • New Panamax Design (width 35.80m, length 199,98m, draft 37.70m & total car capacity 7,000 units)
  • Optimal design for loading different cargo mix (ie, cars, trucks and high heavy)
  • New energy saving environmental technology (under hull air lubrication system, hybrid turbocharger, electronically controlled engine & the use of water-emulsified fuel in the boiler)
  • Improved safety onboard cargo decks (anti-skid treatment on decks)
  • Intelligent navigation system
  • Improved accommodation for ship's crew (modern Japanese style).



New Energy Saving Environmental Technology:

  • The patented Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS), developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), reduces frictional resistance between the ship's hull and seawater by generating air bubbles at the bottom of the vessel. This innovative technology will assist in reducing CO2 emissions (by approx 13%) from the vessel to reduce the negative impact on the environment. MALS was installed on two module carriers in 2010 and is the world's first application of an air-blower air lubrication system in ocean going vessels.


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Spacious and Modern Accommodation:

Aries Leader will also provide new modern Japanese style interior with spacious accommodation for the Ship's crew and visitors in Port.




United European Car Carriers (UECC), which is jointly owned by NYK and Wallenius Lines, have signed an important deal to construct two 'dual-fuel' LNG RORO vessels which will showcase the latest pioneering design towards environmentally friendly ocean transportation.

The Vessels have been jointly developed by UECC, Wallenius Marine and NYK Technical Group, together with Kawasaki Heavy Industry in Japan and are due for delivery in the second half of 2016.

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NYK's Auto Logistics Group continue to expand their services with a strong focus on securing local investments especially in emerging markets. It currently has more than 15 vehicle terminal operations in ports and inland facilities including Europe, Russia, China and Thailand. NYK has also expanded their inland logistics services to countries such as Indonesia, India, China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Russia. (Source: Automotive Logistics, www.automotivelogisticsmagazine.com).

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NYK's RORO Division have successfully secured their first contract with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) for the shipment of vehicles from the Port of Southampton (UK) to Port Hueneme (US West Coast). The first shipment was loaded in January earlier this year and NYK will commit to a minimum of 2 sailings per month.

The trade lane to USA is a very important one for NYK and to receive this new contract is a significant achievement. Both NYK and JLR are looking forward to working together in the future to secure a valuable long term partnership.

JLR saw sales in North America climb 21% in 2013 which was second only to its biggest market in China and Asia Pacific which increased by 30% during the same period.


International Car Operators (ICO) Belgium, a subsidiary of NYK's RORO Division, has been awarded a deal with Nissan for an additional 95,000 vehicles being processed through the port of Zeebrugge. From February 2014 ICO will provide storage and Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) services before the units are distributed to France and Benelux Region. (Source: Automotive Logistics www.automotivelogisticsmagazine.com).

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