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Photographer:lappino [View profile]Title:NYK BLUE JAY & NYK IBISAdded:Feb 10, 2016
Captured:February 07, 2016IMO:UnavailableHits:5,167
Location:Kure, Japan
Photo Category: Ships Under Construction
New NYK 14.000 TEU container carriers "NYK Blue Jay" (IMO No. 9741372) & "NYK Ibis" (IMO No. 9741384) fitting out at JMU shipyard in Kure, Japan.
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lappino on Feb 11, 2016 13:56 (2 years ago)
Thanks for your comments, everybody! :)

This was just one of a bunch of photos I took of this pair while the ferry I was on was arriving to Kure (and then departing again for Hiroshima). Btw, not long after this shot was taken, my lens jammed, so I was indeed lucky to take it.

And, I second Jan_t's comment about the bridge construction with struts that suport the wings - not (much) lighter than the boxy ones.

But this one definitely looks awesome, imho.


Tsarik Ruslan - on Feb 11, 2016 12:56 (2 years ago)
Hi, Vlad!
Very impressive photo!

Interesting ships of new design and perfect composition!

MO Roy on Feb 11, 2016 12:34 (2 years ago)
Hi Jan I guess you're right about wind resistance especially when bunkers are expensive.

Vlad or Jan do you already have more names, here:
are all yard numbers with imo-numbers. This site, when you search, also have lots of pictures of newbuilds in Japan (you'll find your way though most is in Japanese).

jan_t on Feb 11, 2016 11:40 (2 years ago)
Ships do not necessarily sail with full container loads, BobS. In fact, they sail at about half a deckload on many occasions, even for extended legs. Sometimes, due to lack of cargo these days, oftentimes since the ship is maxed out in terms of dwt capacity well before the homogenous teu capacity is exhausted. A 14,000 teu vessel typically has an intake of about 9.800 teu at 14t, the global average for laden containers. This translates to about haldf a full deckload.

Wind resitance is a concern, especially for ships planned when bunker costs were at their peak.

Compare for instance the superstructure layout of the 2013-built APL RAFFLES with that of the 2014-built APL MERLION (ex APL AMBASSADOR).

In addition to wind resistance, trying to keep GT low in another concern, as GT is often used to calculate fees in ports and canals, etc.

BTW, the bridge construction with struts that suport the wings is not necessarily lighter than a more conventional wheelhose with shorter wings, especially one that containes a number of empty decks, just added to increase bridge height.
echobow on Feb 11, 2016 11:14 (2 years ago)
Wow, a truly great photo, Vlad, calm and atmospheric! Okay, let us ordinary mortals know, what is the secret behind your almost perfect mirror arrangement?:-))

Cheers, David
volker1948 on Feb 11, 2016 10:16 (2 years ago)
The superstructure is ugly!
Bob Scott on Feb 11, 2016 10:13 (2 years ago)
Fat lot of good it will do for reducing wind resitance when there's a full load of containers on board
volker1948 on Feb 11, 2016 10:12 (2 years ago)
You are right Captain Ted.
jan_t on Feb 11, 2016 08:09 (2 years ago)
The design is mainly aimed at reducing wind resistance, which saves a few tons of bunker over time.
Chani Singh on Feb 11, 2016 03:12 (2 years ago)
I have been on MOL Quartz (owned by APL) and the Captain's accommodation is not only basic, but small given size of the ship.
lappino on Feb 11, 2016 01:26 (2 years ago)
Thanks for your comments!

This shot was taken from a Kure-Hiroshima ferry, when she was departing with a crawling speed, so it was not so hard to prepare for a and take this shot...

The third vessel of the series is in the dry dock nearby.


Captain Ted on Feb 11, 2016 00:52 (2 years ago)
The reason for narrow accommodation = Money !! cost much less then a full accommodation and of course not needed a full one and less weight on top of it as mentioned before already
andrecas on Feb 10, 2016 22:22 (2 years ago)
Nice set of twins....! :-)
Super photo. Great angle.
Sorin Tițu on Feb 10, 2016 19:49 (2 years ago)
Very nice shot. Very, very lucky though.
Bob Scott on Feb 10, 2016 19:36 (2 years ago)
csaba: to reduce weight and thereby maximise cargo deadweight
MO Roy on Feb 10, 2016 18:35 (2 years ago)
Hi Vlad,

Great picture! Many thanks. Wasn't aware of the 'Ibis'.
Already any sisters in erection?

Csaba: Japanese aren't that big.... No, joke of course, the most reasonable explanation is that with these really high accommodations you don't need all the space for cabins. store room etc as can be seen on a lot of the big box-ships nowadays.

csaba on Feb 10, 2016 18:23 (2 years ago)
What is the reason to build such a narrow superstructure with such long wings?
MattyBoy on Feb 10, 2016 18:08 (2 years ago)
You're so lucky to capture these. They look pretty impressive. I've been hearing a lot of news recently in the press about over-capacity of vessels in the market at the moment but one can't help wondering if vessels like this continue to roll of the production line, when the global economy final picks up again, it'll be a super-charged economy !!
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