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August 26, 2005
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

Construction of 5000 unit capacity car carrier Shanghai Highway complete

Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. (hereinafter NACKS) has completed construction of the car carrier M/V Shanghai Highway, with a capacity of 5000 units of vehicles. NACKS is a joint venture between Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation and China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co. (COSCO), and with Kawasaki Shipbuilding's guidance in naval engineering it has been appreciated a superior shipyard in China. Two sister ships, the Tianjin Highway and the Guangzhou Highway, will be brought into service after this one. This is our first shipbuilding project in China.

The ship is equipped with the following new hull structure and devices for safety and environmental friendliness:

Allocation of fuel and bunker oil tanks within a triple-bottom structure

With an eye toward environmental protection and preventing oil pollution, we have positioned the fuel and bunker oil tanks within a triple-bottom structure for improved protection in the event of damage to the ship's hull. This is our first pure car carrier with this feature. (See diagram below)

(Cross-sectional view of the center of the ship's hull)

Electronic control engine

For this ship we have for the first time made use of an environmentally friendly electronic control main engine. Controlling the fuel injection timing and the timing of the opening and closing of the exhaust valves with electronic signals lends the following advantages:

(1) NOx (Nitrogen Oxides) reduction
Optimizing the fuel injection timing allows for a reduction in emitted NOx.

(2) PM (particulate matter) reduction in low load operation
Because of high-pressure fuel injection, which allows for improved combustibility.

(3) CO2 (Carbon dioxide) reduction in low load operation
Optimizing the fuel injection timing also allows for lower fuel consumption during low load operation.

(4) Improved ship maneuverability (yielding an even higher level of safety)
Owing to improved reverse startability and reduced minimum engine speed.

Soot removal system

The ship is equipped with a soot removal system to remove PM (particulate matter) in the exhaust gas. The main purpose of the device is to make the gas emitted by the ship clean, and it prevents any particulates that may only rarely be emitted from being scattered into the quay.
With the cooperation of NGK Insulators, Ltd., a manufacturer of particulate removal devices with ceramics filters, we have modified devices sold for on-shore use to the specifications necessary for ships. The principle of particulate collection is to capture the particulates with ceramics filters. The particulates are collected in a tank underneath the filter, while every 75 seconds a 0.1-second long reverse air cleaning is executed with highly pressurized air to prevent clogging in the filter. Exhaust gas is pumped out with an exhaust gas fan in order to maintain uniform back pressure from the diesel generator. The soot removal system has a very high efficiency of 99%, with the ability to capture extremely small particles.

[Principal particulars of the New Ship]

Overall length: 179.99 m
Breath moulded: 32.2 m
Depth (free board): 14.98 m,
Deadweight tonnage: 15,000 mt


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