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NYK, JMU introduces LNG-fuelled bulk carrier concept

06 Jul 2018

Japanese shipping firm Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and maritime engineering firm Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) have completed the concept design for a 200,000 dwt liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled bulk carrier.

The vessel features an increased cargo-hold volume and reduced fuel consumption in comparison to a conventional bulk carrier of the same size, despite the weight and space taken up by the LNG fuel tank and gas supply systems.

The basic design the LNG-fuelled bulker was created by JMU based on current proprietary designs of a 200,000 dwt heavy fuel oil powered bulk carrier.

“Combining the GHG emissions resulting from ship design together with the use of LNG fuel, the ship will be able to lower its Energy Efficient Design Index, or EEDI defined by International Maritime Organization (IMO), by about 40%, exceeding the Phase 0 to Phase 3 reduction of 30%, a reduction that had been considered to be difficult for a large bulk carrier to attain,” they say.

“This design can contribute to the IMO strategy of a 40% improvement in the global shipping industry’s fuel efficiency by 2030, a strategy adopted at the 72nd Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 72) held in April this year.”

The design passed inspection by ClassNK and has obtained approval in principle (AiP). Speaking on the occasion, ClassNK Corporate Officer and Director of Technical Solution Department Hayato Suga said:

“The design developed by NYK and JMU meets the industry’s demand for an increase in cargo capacity while also being environmentally friendly.

“As a classification society, we have confirmed the safety of the design and are very happy to be involved with this innovative project.”

Photo credit: Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha
Published: 6 July, 2018


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