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Japan: Hiroshima Port welcomes its first LNG-fuelled PCTC vessel

03 Mar 2023

On February 27, an LNG-fuelled pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) entered the port of Hiroshima for the first time. The vessel, Jasmine Leader, is NYK’s third LNG-fuelled PCTC and the first of four to be delivered from China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Nanjing) Co. Ltd, said NYK Line.

Before entering port, the vessel received LNG fuel from Kaguya, an LNG-bunkering ship operated by Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation, which is a joint venture owned by NYK and other companies.

Jasmine Leader is named after the jasmine flower, which is a symbol of beauty and known for its rich fragrance. Desiring to realise and pass on a healthy global environment through environment-friendly transportation, NYK is naming its LNG-fuelled PCTCs after flowers.

The vessel will transport finished vehicles produced by Mazda Motor Corporation (head office: Aki-gun, Hiroshima Prefecture; Representative Director, President and CEO: Akira Marumoto), and seeks to fulfil customers’ demands for a lower environmental burden in the logistics field.

On the same day, a commemoration ceremony was attended by related parties of Mazda Motor Corporation and NYK. The participants celebrated the vessel’s entrance into Hiroshima port and wished it a lifetime of safe voyages.

NYK has set a long-term target of net-zero emissions of greenhouse gas (GHG) by 2050 for the NYK Group’s oceangoing businesses, and aims at launching zero-emission ships that run on low-environmental-load marine fuels, such as ammonia or hydrogen, in the future.

NYK is positioning LNG, a low-carbon marine fuel, as a bridge-solution until future zero-emission ships are realized. The company plans to take delivery of a total of 20 new LNG-fuelled PCTCs by 2028 under the Sail GREEN brand.

Related: Argus Media: Japan’s NYK launches third LNG-fuelled car carrier
Related: Japan: “K” Line and partners commence LNG bunkering business in Chubu region
Related: NYK holds naming ceremony for ‘Kaguya’, the first LNG bunkering vessel in Japan


Photo credit: NYK Line
Published: 3 March, 2023

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