NYK has announced that it is participating in a study launched by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to explore the feasibility of LNG bunkering in Yokohama, Japan.
The study will examine the technological and infrastructural requirements for establishment of an LNG bunkering hub at the port of Yokohama to supply LNG as fuel to ships. It is expected that a facility development plan will be created by the end of the year.
NYK has started the process of using LNG to fuel some ships, as part of its medium-term management plan, ‘More Than Shipping 2018.’ In August 2015, the company received delivery of Japan's first LNG-fuelled tugboat, Sakigake. NYK has already begun construction of the world’s first LNG-fuelled car carrier and LNG bunkering vessel, and has teamed with ENGIE and Mitsubishi Corp. to develop the LNG bunkering business.
A statement from NYK said that it looks forward to applying the company’s knowledge and know-how to this study for the development of LNG fuel for ships.
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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