Japanese shipping firm NYK Line on Friday (12 February) said it has concluded a ship-building contract with China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Nanjing) Co. Ltd. for four liquified natural gas (LNG) fuelled pure car and truck carriers (PCTC).
These four vessels will be delivered from 2022 to 2023 and are planned to be assigned to transport vehicles mainly to/from Europe and/or to the Middle East.
WinGD’s X-DF2.0 iCER main engine will be utilised for the first of these vessels. This engine consumes less gas and reduces GHG by cutting methane emissions from exhaust gas by approximately 50%.
Additionally, the vessels will be equipped with battery hybrid technology, which will improve fuel efficiency by mitigating main engine and electrical generator load fluctuations through the support of batteries.
The use of LNG, together with these new technologies and other developments such as hull modification, will contribute to a reduction of sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions by 99% compared to ships fueled by heavy fuel oil. Likewise, nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions will be cut by 96%, and CO2 emissions by approximately 40% or more (per unit of transportation).
NYK said concluding this ship-building contract for these four vessels is in line with its plan to replace current vessels with around 40 newly built LNG-fueled PCTCs over the next decade to achieve NYK’s environment management target, which is to reduce CO2 emissions per ton-kilometer of transport by 50% by 2050.
NYK added it aims to further advance to zero-emission vessels utilizing low-emission marine fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia from around the mid-2030s.
Photo credit: NYK Line
Published: 18 February, 2021
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