Japanese shipping firm NYK Line on Tuesday (24 September) said it has placed an order for the world largest pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) capable of navigating oceans with only LNG as the main source of fuel.
A keel laying ceremony was held on 20 September at Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., and NYK managing corporate officer Takaya Soga and other related parties were in attendance.
The ship, which has a 7,000 units (standard vehicle equivalent) per voyage capacity, is scheduled to be delivered in 2020 and will be the first large LNG-fuelled PCTC to be built in Japan.
Several designs for maximising the cargo loading space, in addition to optimising major items such as ship width, will be implemented due to the installation of the vessel’s LNG bunker fuel tanks.
The ship will be about 40% more energy efficient (reducing CO2 emissions per unit of transport), far exceeding the International Maritime Organization (IMO) EEDI phase 3 requirements* that will become effective in 2025.
“From an early stage, the NYK Group has been steadily moving toward using LNG as a propulsion fuel,” it stated.
“In fact, in 2016 the group built the world's first LNG-fuelled car carrier. That ship entered into service in 2017, and just last year the company began issuing green bonds to finance LNG-fuelled ships and LNG bunkering vessels, among other green financing projects.
“NYK will continue to actively work to reduce its environmental burden and realize a sustainable society, as designated in the company’s medium-term management plan ‘Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green.’”
– Vessel Particulars
Length overall about 199.95 meters
Breadth about 38.0 meters
Total car capacity 7,000 units
Gross tonnage 73,500 tons
Photo credit: NYK
Published: 25 September, 2019
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