K Line fixes Imabari newbuild for Mitsui’s Cameron LNG project

K Line fixes Imabari newbuild for Mitsui’s Cameron LNG project

Tokyo: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha’s (K Line) will fix an LNG carrier on charter to Mitsui & Co for 25 years. The 178,000 cu m membrane-type ship, to be built at Imabari Shipbuilding, will be deployed at Mitsui’s Cameron LNG export project in the US.

The vessel will be equipped with an electronically- controlled dual fuel gas injection diesel engine. This is the eighth and final ship Mitsui has contracted to ship the American gas exports, most of which will head to Japan.

A dramatic growth in its LNG fleet forms a key plank in K Line’s new mid-term management plan announced at the start of March. The aim is to run a fleet of 61 LNG carriers by the end of fiscal 2019, up from the current 43. These figures include LNG carriers it co-owns.


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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