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Thursday, September 26, 2019 

NYK of Japan has placed an order for the world largest pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) to be powered by LNG as the main fuel.

A keel laying ceremony (pictured) was held at Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding, and the ship is scheduled to be delivered in 2020. It will be the first large LNG-fueled PCTC to be built in Japan.

To minimise a reduction in vehicle loading capacity caused by the installation of LNG fuel tanks, in addition to optimising major items such as ship width, several designs for maximising the cargo loading space will be implemented, and the new vessel will be able to transport approximately 7,000 units (standard vehicle equivalent) per voyage.

With the support by Japan’s Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for its model project to reduce CO2 emissions by using alternative fuel, the vessel will be installed with the technology to reduce further CO2 emissions and the experimental verification in its actual voyage will be scheduled. The ship will be about 40% more energy efficient, exceeding the IMO EEDI phase 3 requirements that will become effective in 2025. The vessel is expected to reduce SOx emissions by 99% and NOx by about 86% compared to conventional heavy oil–fired engines.

From an early stage, the NYK Group has been steadily moving toward using LNG as a propulsion fuel. In 2016 the group built the world's first LNG-fueled car carrier. That ship entered into service in 2017.

NYK will continue to actively work to reduce its environmental burden and realize a sustainable society, as designated in the company’s medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green.”

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