Three methanol-fuelled vessels have have been awarded the Technology Special Prize in the 2016 Ship of the Year awards sponsored by The Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE).
The Taranaki Sun, Manchac Sun and Cajun Sun are the world’s first methanol carriers equipped with main engines that use methanol as fuel. The vessels were also recognised for their onboard state-of-the-art communications technology as well as internet of things and artificial intelligence technologies.
The vessels deploy MAN’s two-stroke ME-LGIM dual-fuel engine and use ClassNK Consulting Service's condition-based monitoring system ClassNK CMAXS e-GICSX, marking the system's first commercial application.
Every year the ship of the year judges recognise Japanese-built vessels that “represent the highest levels of technology, design, and social responsibility.”
In April, Marine Propulsion’s sister title Tanker Shipping & Trade looked back on these vessels’ first year in service.