KYOKUSHIN MARU was planned on a clear concept of modernizing coastal tankers. The owners, Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd., proposed us the following policies before placing the order ;
- Improve the working environment for the crew and make the workplace more attractive to the younger generation and women.
- Promote labor saving and realize vessels that can be operated with a smaller workforce.
- On the other hand, the utmost care should be taken to ensure that rationalization does not sacrifice safety.
To achieve the objective, the tanker was implemented with a high level of equipment that would never have been considered for conventional coastal vessels, including fully automatic cargo handling system with automatic/remote valve control ; joystick, CPP and bow thrusters to improve maneuverability and safety ; and engine monitoring and automation system. In order to improve the crew's living environment, thorough efforts were also made to reduce noise and vibration.
If you understand Japanese, please watch the video at the bottom of this page, "Toward the Modernization of Coastal Tankers," which explains in full the background of the birth of this vessel. You can clearly see how seriously Asahi Tanker and Kyokuyo worked together on this project.
KYOKUSHIN MARU may have been the catalyst for our trend toward building advanced coastal ships that would lead to SSS-bowed container carrier NATORI
or high-tech cement carriers KIYOYASU MARU
and YUTAKA MARU NO.8