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FIRST SHIP-TO-SHIP LNG BUNKER OPERATION IN JAPAN

Friday, October 23, 2020 

The LNG bunkering vessel (LBV) 'Kaguya' has supplied LNG fuel to an NYK pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) at the berth of Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding the first time in Japan for LNG fuel* to be supplied to a vessel via Ship-to-Ship bunkering.

Kaguya, Japan’s first LBV, is operated by Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation, which is a JV company among NYK, 'K'Line, JERA and Toyota Tsusho Corporation. The vessel will be based at Kawagoe Thermal Power Station and will soon begin supplying LNG fuel to ships in the Chubu region using Ship-to-Ship bunkering.

Sakura Leader, the PCTC that received the LNG fuel, is the first large LNG-fuelled ship to be built at a shipyard in Japan. The vessel is scheduled to be delivered in late October and will be one of the largest PCTCs, capable of transporting about 7,000 units (standard vehicle equivalent).

It is expected that many vessels using LNG as the main fuel will be constructed in the future. NYK has been making a proactive effort to realise environment-friendly transportation by reducing GHG emissions, and will continue to develop LNG-fuel supply and sale, promote the conversion of marine fuel to LNG, and contribute to reducing shipping’s environmental burden.

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