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Monday, February 8, 2021 

Japanese shipping company NYK has ordered its first two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) dual-fuelled very large gas carriers (VLGCs) from Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI).

Both ships will be built at the KHI Sakaide Works shipyard and are set for delivery in 2022. The owners says that with LPG used as fuel, exhaust gas will contain at least 85% less SOx and 15% less CO2 compared to conventional VLGCs equipped with oil engines. The new vessels will thus comply with both the IMO SOx regulations and the EEDI phase 3 requirements.

In addition, by equipping the ships with LPG tanks on deck, it will be possible to load LPG for fuel separately from the LPG cargo. Having LPG tanks on deck extends the cruising range of the vessel when LPG fuel is used even though the size of the vessel remains the same.

NYK's future plan is to provide customers with low-carbon transport mode and contribute to the reduction of environmental loads and the realisation of a sustainable global society. NYK recently launched its own sustainability strategy, and this order reflects the company's environmental aims.

The new ships will be 230m in length, with tank capacity about 86,500m3, which includes the on-deck tank capacity of 2,500m3.

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