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NYK takes delivery of 7,000 unit capacity LNG propelled PCTC “Plumeria Leader”

29 Mar 2022

Japanese shipping firm NYK on Thursday (24 March) took delivery of Plumeria Leader, a pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) capable of navigating oceans with only LNG as the ship’s main fuel.

The vessel was built at the Shin Kurushima Dockyard of Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. It is NYK’s second LNG-fuelled car carrier following the Sakura Leader.

This ship will be one of the world’s largest PCTCs, capable of transporting approximately 7,000 units (standard vehicle equivalent) per voyage, beginning with vehicles produced by the Toyota Motor Corporation.

“The ship was named “Plumeria Leader” to express our wish to realize and pass on a rich global environment through environmentally friendly transportation and to leave beautiful flowers to the future,” stated the company.

By vessel modification and the switch to LNG, Plumeria Leader will make the ship up to approximately 40% more energy efficient (by reducing CO2 emissions per unit of transport) compared to ships using conventional heavy oil fired engines.

The vessel is also expected to reduce sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions by approximately 99% and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by approximately 86% compared to ships using conventional heavy oil fired engines.

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Related: NYK holds naming ceremony for the first LNG-fuelled car carrier in Japan

 

Photo credit: NYK Line
Published: 29 March, 2022

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