Japanese shipping firm NYK on Tuesday (15 June) said it has agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the consecutive building of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) at Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co., Ltd. and Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd.
Twelve new ships are planned to be built, with six ships each at the two shipyards. The newly built ships will be delivered successively from fiscal 2025 to fiscal 2028.
This consecutive building of LNG-fuelled PCTCs is in accordance with the PCTC fleet replacement plan to achieve NYK’s environment management target, which is to reduce CO2 emissions per ton-kilometer of transport by 50% by 2050.
The use of LNG fuel, in addition to hull modification to improve fuel economy, will contribute to a reduction of CO2 emissions by approximately 40% compared to ships using conventional heavy fuel oil.
Sakura Leader and LNG-fuelled PCTC newbuilds
Through its “Sail GREEN” project, NYK’s Automotive Transportation Headquarters has been promoting the transition of upcoming newly built PCTCs to vessels that are LNG-fuelled, and this began with Sakura Leader, which was delivered in October 2020 and was the first LNG-fuelled PCTC to be built in Japan.
In fact, the company already has firm plans to launch eight LNG-fuelled PCTCs by 2024. Including these additional 12 new vessels, NYK’s total number of LNG-fuelled PCTCs will increase to 20 by fiscal 2028 through a total investment of about 200 billion yen.
NYK aims to further advance to zero-emission vessels utilizing marine fuels that have a lower environmental impact, such as hydrogen and ammonia, from around 2030. For the moment, NYK is positioning LNG fuel as a bridge solution until future zero emission ships can be realised.
Photo credit: NYK
Published: 16 June, 2021
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