A keel laying ceremony was held recently at the Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co Ltd, attened by NYK managing corporate officer Takaya Soga and other related parties.
The ship, capable of transporting about 7,000 units (standard vehicle equivalent) per voyage is scheduled to be delivered in 2020 and will be the first large LNG-fueled PCTC to be built in Japan.
The vessel also will be installed with technology to reduce further carbon dioxide emissions and the ship will be about 40 per cent more energy efficient, far exceeding the International Maritime Organization (IMO) EEDI phase 3 requirements that will become effective in 2025.
The vessel is additionally expected to reduce sulfur oxide emissions by approximately 99 per cent and nitrogen oxides by approximately 86 per cent compared to conventional heavy oil-fired engines, according to a company statement.
From an early stage, the NYK Group has been steadily moving toward using LNG as a propulsion fuel. In fact, in 2016 the group built the world's first LNG-fueled car carrier. That ship entered into service in 2017, and just last year the company began issuing green bonds to finance LNG-fueled ships and LNG bunkering vessels, among other green financing projects.