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Friday, February 12, 2021 

NYK of Japan has concluded a shipbuilding contract with China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Nanjing) for four LNG-fuelled PCTCs. scheduled for delivery between 2022 and 2023, for transport of vehicles mainly to/from Europe and/or to the Middle East.

The vessels will be the first to be fitted with WinGD’s X-DF2.0 iCER main engine. This engine consumes less gas and reduces GHG by cutting methane emissions from exhaust gas by around 50%. Further, the vessels will be equipped with battery hybrid technology, which will improve fuel efficiency by mitigating main engine and electrical generator load fluctuations through the support of batteries. The use of LNG fuel, together with these new technologies and other developments such as hull modification, will contribute to a reduction of SOx emissions by 99% compared to ships fuelled by heavy fuel oil. Likewise, NOx emissions will be cut by 96%, and CO2 emissions by 40% or more (per unit of transportation).

This contract is in line with NYK’s plan to replace its current fleet with some 40 newly built LNG-fuelled PCTCs over the next decade to achieve NYK’s environment management target, which is to reduce CO2 emissions per ton-kilometre of transport by 50% by 2050. NYK aims to further advance to zero-emission vessels with low-emission marine fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia from around the mid-2030s.

The new 72,800gt PCTCs will be 199.9m long, 38m wide, with capacity for about 7000 car

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