NYK Group on Friday (14 January) said it has placed orders for four liquefied natural gas fuelled bulk carriers from Japan Shipyard Co., Ltd., Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).
The planned number of ships to be ordered will be two at Japan Shipyard, one at Namura Shipbuilding, and one at CSSC’s Shanghai Takahashi Shipbuilding; they are scheduled to be completed sequentially from 2024 to 2025.
The latest newbuilding order is part of NYK Group’s Capesize Valqua fleet development programme aimed at achieving net zero emissions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Group’s ocean shipping business by 2050.
“We have positioned the LNG-fuelled vessel as one of the bridge solutions for the realisation of future zero-emission vessels, and we already have one of the world’s first LNG-fuelled large coal vessels and our first LNG-fuelled Capesize Valqua 1 in the bulk fleet,” it states.
“Going forward, we will continue to systematically and gradually introduce LNG-fuelled vessels until the realization of zero-emission vessels that use marine fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia, which have a lower environmental impact.”
Photo credit: Japan Shipyard
Published: 17 January, 2022
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