Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industry has completed the development of a design for a 200,000 dwt bulk carrier powered by LNG.
According to Kawasaki, the ship, powered by low-speed, dual-fuel diesel engine, achieves significantly reduced emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and particulate matter when using LNG as fuel, meeting the EEDI Phase 3 requirements. The design has received an approval in principle (AIP) from the ClassNK.
Moving forward, the shipyard plans to further widen its application of LNG propulsion technology in commercial vessels, and to increase its focus on building LNG-fueled vessels as it believes the demand is expected to grow globally in the future.
“The maritime industry has been setting its sights on LNG as an energy source for ships as it is an environmentally-friendly alternative to fossil fuels. Kawasaki Heavy Industries is taking full advantage of this opportunity as well with their new bulk carrier design. We have carefully confirmed the safety of the design and are proud to contribute to this project,” said Hayato Suga, ClassNK corporate officer and director of technical solution department.