First Japanese LNG bunkering vessel ordered

Central LNG Shipping, a joint venture between Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Chubu Electric Power, Toyota Tsusho and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), has placed an order for a 3,500 cu m LNG bunkering vessel. Upon delivery from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, due in the second half of 2020, the 81.7 m long ship will be the first LNG bunkering vessel operating in Japan. No price has been revealed for the ship.

Japan’s main shipbuilding rivals, China and South Korea, have also been developing their own LNG bunkering infrastructure.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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