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Monday, September 21, 2020 

The naming ceremony for Japanís first LNG bunkering vessel (LBV) has been held at the Sakaide Works of Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI).

The LBV was named Kaguya by Yukikazu Myochin, President of “K-Line”, and Hitoshi Nagasawa, President of NYK. The name, Kaguya, derives from a character in The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, Japan's oldest story, and expresses the desire to "grow the LNG bunkering market as long and high as a bamboo tree".

Kaguya is the first LNG bunkering vessel to be operated in Japan, operated by Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation and based at JERA's Kawagoe Thermal Power Station. Kaguya will begin supplying LNG fuel to ships in the Chubu region in October  2020 or later using Ship-to-Ship bunkering. Kaguya will supply LNG to Sakura Leader, the first large LNG-fuelled PCTC (pure car and truck carrier) operated by NYK, and to a new car carrier to be delivered by K-Line this fiscal year, as well as to other LNG-fuelled vessels.

The expertise and strengths of each company — including K-Line's technological expertise accumulated through its long-term LNG carrier operations, JERA's operational and technical capabilities at its large-scale terminals, Toyota Tsusho's global sales network for marine fuel, and NYK's experience in the first LNG fuel supply and sales business — will be used to provide LNG bunkering in Japan’s Chubu region and expand marketing services to promote the use of LNG as a fuel for ships, thereby contributing to a reduction of environmental impact.

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