Japanese maritime transportation company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) on Friday (12 March) said a liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered car carrier which has been under construction at Tadotsu Shipyard Co., Ltd., part of the Imabari Shipbuilding Group, has been delivered.
The Century Highway Green is a next-generation environmentally friendly vessel expected to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 25% to 30% and emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx) by almost 100%.
Emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) will be reduced by 80% to 90% with the use of Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) in addition to the use of LNG fuel compared to conventional vessels using heavy fuel oil.
The vessel was named by adding the word Green evoking images of harmony with the planet and the environment to the traditional name of Century Highway that has been used in four of “K” LINE’s car carriers in the past.
It uses a dual fuel main engine and auxiliary engines (generator, boiler) capable of operating on either LNG or Marine Gas Oil (MGO). The main engine uses a high- pressure type ME-GI engine, reducing emissions of methane slip (unburnt gas), which is a greenhouse gas.
The construction of the vessel received support of the “Model Project for Measures to Reduce Emissions of CO2 from Vessels Utilizing Alternative Fuels” that is a joint project by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
Part of the construction funding for the vessel was procured from Mizuho Bank, Ltd. and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited through Japan’s first climate transition loans.
Photo credit: “K” Line
Published: 17 March, 2021
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