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NYK orders world’s largest LNG-fuelled PCTC

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NYK has announced that it has ordered the world’s largest pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) capable of navigating oceans with only LNG as the main fuel.

According to the statement, a keel laying ceremony was held on 20 September at Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. The ship is scheduled for delivery next year, and will be the first large LNG-fuelled PCTC to be constructed in Japan.

In order 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, a number of designs for maximising the cargo loading space will be implemented. Once complete, the new vessel will be able to transport approximately 7000 units (standard vehicle equivalent) per voyage.

With the support of 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, NYK claims that the vessel will be installed with the technology to reduce further CO2 emissions and the experimental veri?cation in its actual voyage will be scheduled. According to the statement, the vessel will be approximately 40% more energy efficient (reducing CO2 emissions per unit of transport), far exceeding the International Maritime Organization (IMO) EEDI phase 3 requirements that will become effective in 2025. The vessel is additionally expected to reduce sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions by approximately 99% and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by approximately 86% compared to conventional heavy oil-fired engines.

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