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Japan: “K” Line and partners commence LNG bunkering business in Chubu region

22 Oct 2020

Japanese maritime transportation company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) on Wednesday (21 October) announced the commencement of its liquified natural gas (LNG) bunkering business in the Chubu region through its joint venture company with JERA Co. Inc. (JERA), Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).

The company said Kaguya – the first LNG bunkering vessel in Japan jointly owned by the venture company – on Tuesday (20 October) performed its first Ship-to-Ship LNG bunker supply operation in Japan on car carrier “Sakura Leader” at the construction yard of Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. 

Kaguya will be based at JERA’s Kawagoe Thermal Power Station, and will supply LNG fuel to “K” Line’s first LNG-fueled car carrier that is scheduled to be delivered by the end of FY2020, it said.

With the increase in the number of LNG powered vessels to reduce GHG emissions, Kaguya will have an important role to ensure stable LNG bunker fuel supply, added the company. 

“K” Line Group said it sets safety, environment and quality as key management issues and is working towards reducing GHG emissions based on its long-term environmental policy “Environmental Vision 2050″.

Related: NYK holds naming ceremony for ‘Kaguya’, the first LNG bunkering vessel in Japan
Related: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha launches next generation LNG-fuelled car carrier
Related: NYK holds naming ceremony for the first LNG-fuelled car carrier in Japan

Photo credit: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha
Published: 22 October, 2020

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