Nissan’s First Green Vessel to Ship Green Cars

Japanese automaker Nissan has unveiled its eco-friendly transport ship: the 21,000-ton City of St. Petersburg. Thanks to its unusual design, which features a semispherical prow that’s claimed to reduce wind resistance by up to 50 percent compared to a conventional vessel, the City of St. Petersburg is expected to cut annual fuel usage by 800 tons, which will reduce CO2 emissions by 2,500 tons.

nissan eco-friendly ship
The ship has room to haul up to 2,000 vehicles and will hit the waterways to transport cars and trucks to Northern Europe and Russia from the automaker’s factories in the United Kingdom and Spain. In a fitting move, starting in 2013, the City of St. Petersburg will transport battery-powered Leafs from the Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, UK. Hop the jump to catch a pair of videos that showcase Nissan’s City of St. Petersburg.

Nissan Motors is making headlines not for its environmentally-friendly electric cars, but for a massive ship that will transport them.

The transport car carrier called “The City of St. Petersburg” weighs 21,000 tons. It is the first carrier of its kind to incorporate a unique design, cutting air resistance by nearly 50 percent.

[Satoshi Yako, Senior Mgr., Supply Chain Management, Nissan Motors]:
“You can say that the ship’s spherical prow design is the world’s first. Thanks to this aerodynamic design we expect to see a substantial reduction in the ship’s fuel consumption.”

The car manufacturer hopes to cut down fuel consumption by 800 tons – the equivalent of 2,500 tons a year of CO2 emissions.

The ship is heading to Europe, where it hopes to be the most effective.

[Satoshi Yako, Senior Mgr., Supply Chain Management, Nissan Motors]:
“This ship will be mainly put in use in European coastal waters, especially in the North Sea where there are strong winds. We hope that northern Europe is where the aerodynamic design is especially effective.”




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