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Friday, March 12, 2021 

"K" Line of Japan has taken delivery of an LNG-fuelled PCTC vessel, the 'Century Highway Green', from the Tadotsu shipyard of the Imabari Shipbuilding Group.

The environmentally friendly vessel is expected to reduce emissions of CO2 by 25% to 30%, emissions of SOx by almost 100%, and emissions of nitrogen NOx

by 80% to 90% with the use of Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) in addition to the use of LNG fuel, compared to conventional vessels using heavy fuel oil.

The launch of “K” Line’s first LNG fuelled car carrier is part of the “K” Line Environmental Vision 2050. The vessel uses a variety of environmental measures and digital technologies in an effort to improve safety, environment, and quality.

Length oa is 199.98m, with beam of 37.2m. The 73,515gt ship can carry up to 7,080 vehicles. The main engine is a MAN B&W ME-GI engine, capable of dual fuel operation on LNG or MGO, with high-pressure gas fuel system to cut methane slip. The ship is the first newly-built vessel to obtain ClassNK notation certifying that it is adapted for remote surveys.

The vessel, which will sail under the Japanese flag, carries out a secondary role as a training vessel, enabling candidates to achieve IGF qualification. For this reason, Century Highway Green can accommodate up to 50 personnel.

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