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“K” Line and Namura Shipbuilding receive AiP for LNG-fuelled ore carrier concept

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (“K” Line) has announced that, alongside Namura Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, it has received joint approval in principle (AiP) for the concept design of an LNG-fuelled ore carrier from DNV GL.

According to the statement, work on the joint project has complied with both environmental and actual operation requirements as follows, based on the second generation WOZMAX® (a registered brand of Namura Shipyard: an optimum size of vessel that can call at main Western Australian iron loading ports, and which stands for ‘West’, ‘Oz’, ‘Max’) of Namura Shipyard.

  • To keep almost the same deadweight and normal service speed as WOZMAX.
  • To be able to endure a round-trip between Singapore and Brazil in gas fuel mode, arranging the LNG tanks in the centre section of the hull.
  • To achieve EEDI (energy efficiency design index) phase 3 by means of primary fuel changes to LNG.

“K” Line claims that, in addition to the LNG fuel conversion, it looked into the possibility of it being combined with a shaft generator, binary cycle power generation system and lithium battery so as to further reduce CO2 emissions and confirmed that this system can achieve an additional 4% decrease in consumption of fuel oil.

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