Yesterday marked the first visit of the Drive Green Highway to the Port of Amsterdam at the VCK Terminal/Waterland. This is the flagship of the Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (‘K’-Line) that has developed a series of sustainable and innovative ships of which the Drive Green Highway is an example. The ship’s equipment includes 900 solar panels on deck.
Koen Overtoom, Chief Operations Officer of Havenbedrijf Amsterdam NV: ‘We are delighted to welcome the Drive Green Highway to the Port of Amsterdam, the ship’s first port of call. This ship is an example of the industry’s energy and commitment to making shipping more sustainable.’
Features of the ship
Drive Green Highway is a car-carrying ship, with a length of 200 metres and breadth of 37.5 metres. Her gross tonnage is 76,500 tonnes. She can carry around 7,500 passenger cars, but also transports other cargo. Solar panels are installed on deck that generate enough power for all the LED lighting on board.
The ship’s CO2 emission is 25% less than that of a conventional ship of the same type. Other sustainable technologies used on board that help reduce fuel consumption are a special paint that decreases the ship’s resistance by 20% and the design of her propeller. An SOx scrubber is installed that cleans the ship’s exhaust gases. Emission of nitrogen is also sharply reduced through certain techniques in the ship’s engines.