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'K' LINE BULKER TO USE LNG AND KITE PROPULSION

'K' LINE BULKER TO USE LNG AND KITE PROPULSION

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ('K' Line) has signed a long-term consecutive voyage charter with JFE Steel Corporation regarding an upcoming newbuild Capesize bulk carrier of 210,000 dwt fuelled by LNG.

The company's first LNG-fuelled bulker - like similar vessels announced by MOL and NYK - has been ordered from Nihon Shipyard but is scheduled for earlier delivery, in the first half of 2024. Environmentally, it is described as a 'next-generation vessel' which will reduce emissions of CO2 by 25% to 30 %, SOx by almost 100%, and NOx by around 85% with the use of LNG instead of conventional heavy fuel oil. The vessel reaches over 40% of CO2 emission reduction in the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) which fully aligns with the IMO reduction targets.

Unlike its MOL and NYK sister ships, the 'K' line bulker will install a 'Seawing' automated kite system supplied by Airseas, which will use wind assistance to increase the effects of decarbonisation.

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