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JAPAN'S FIRST LPG-FUELLED LPG CARRIER NAMED

JAPAN'S FIRST LPG-FUELLED LPG CARRIER NAMED

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 

Kawasaki Heavy Industries recently held a naming ceremony at its Sakaide Shipyard for the LPG-fuelled LPG carrier 'Crystal Asteria' (Vessel No. 1748), which is being built for Kumiai Navigation.

Crystal Asteria is Japan's first dual-fuel LPG carrier, capable of running on both LPG and low-sulphur fuel oil. The vessel is scheduled for delivery during 2021. As IMO tightens regulations on greenhouse gases and other polluting emissions, LPG fuel is attracting attention as a cleaner alternative to heavy oil. In the gas carrier sector in particular there has been a notable acceleration in the move to LPG-fuelled vessels. The introduction of ships fuelled by liquefied gas instead of heavy oil is said to be gaining momentum as an effective way to comply with emission regulations. The new vessel will make use of the expertise the Kawasaki Group has gained through the construction of LPG carriers, LNG carriers and other LNG-fuelled vessels.

The vessel is 229.5m long, with cargo tank capacity of 84,229 m3. By using LPG as fuel, Crystal Asteria reduces emissions of CO2 and SOx in exhaust gas compared with heavy oil and is compliant with SOx regulations and also EEDI Phase 3, which is required for ships contracted to be built in 2022 or later. The Kawasaki-MAN B&W 7S60ME-C10.5-LGIP main engine is an electronically controlled liquefied petroleum gas injection diesel engine (ME-LGIP engine) manufactured under licence by Kawasaki.

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