A research and design (R&D) plan by NYK and Oshima Shipbuilding to fuel a post-panamax bulk carrier with liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been approved by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).
The R&D plan will be carried out from April 2018 to March 2022. It aims to help post-panamax carriers achieve greater reductions in the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) by enabling them to consume LNG as a bunker fuel.
The plan will explore ways to minimise the loss of cargo space on post-panamax carriers by optimising LNG fuel tank and accommodation arrangement.
It will also seek to reduce the construction period of LNG-fuelled vessels by 20% through the optimisation of a newbuilding’s outfitting and piping design.
“To date, the NYK Group has promoted the practical use of LNG as an environment-friendly fuel by constructing and operating the world’s first LNG-fueled car carrier and the world’s first purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel, as well as developing an LNG-fuel sales business,” says NYK.
“Based on its accumulated expertise, the NYK Group will work with its partners to contribute to the use of LNG in the maritime industry for a sustainable society.”
Photo credit: NYK
Published: 29 March, 2018
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