Japanese transportation company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) on Tuesday (21 September) said it has ordered eight 7,000 units class car carriers fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) by FY2023 to FY2025, following its first LNG-fuelled vessel, “CENTURY HIGHWAY GREEN” which was delivered on March 12, 2021.
“K” Line has made an agreement to order the new next-generation car carriers from Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd, Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co.Ltd., and China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (NANJING) Co.,Ltd., two vessels in each of three shipyards.
The next-generation of environmentally friendly vessels are expected to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), greenhouse gas (GHG), by 25% to 30%, emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx), which cause air pollution, by almost 100%, and emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 80% to 90% with use of LNG fuel and EGR(Exhaust Gas Recirculation) compared to conventional vessels using heavy fuel oil.
“K” Line is planning to substitute LNG fuel and other new fuels over conventional heavy fuel oil to achieve the targets set within its “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 programme.
Photo credit: “K” Line
Published: 24 September, 2021
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