The world's first merchant ship to use sails as well as conventional fuel has been launched in Japan.
GV Shin-Aitoku Maru in harbour with people going up gangplank.
CU Ship's name plate.
SV Crowds watch as launching ceremony performed, PULL BACK Champagne bottle smashes against bow.
SV & GV Ship slides down slipway into harbour as crowds look on. (3 SHOTS)
SV Ship's hull TILT UP TO sails, GV ship in harbour.
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Background: The world's first merchant ship to use sails as well as conventional fuel has been launched in Japan. The aim is to substantially reduce fuel costs.
SYNOPSIS: The six-hundred and ninety-nine ton tanker will use about half the amount of fuel consumed by conventional vessels. She cost about two and a quarter million U.S. dollars (one million pounds Sterling), almost five hundred thousand dollars more than a conventional ship of this size. But the 'Shin-Aitoku Maru' should, according to her builders, easily make up for this by using less fuel.
With revolutionary plastic coated sails and sails efficient engines, along with an improved hull design and control by microcomputer, the new ship is as yet only experimental. But she will soon be earning her living. After sea trials around Japan, the ship is due to begin regular runs between her home port and South East Asia next month, (September).