Kawasaki Heavy shifts more production to China, will focus on LH2 carriers at home

A Japanese shipyard is shifting more production to China in order to focus on a new revenue stream at home.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries will move most of its LPG carrier production process to a joint venture yard, Nantong Cosco KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS), that it runs with Cosco in Nantong, freeing up the yard to focus on developing liquid hydrogen carriers, a new seaborne trade that Kawasaki Heavy is leading the world in terms of ship designs.

Kawasaki Heavy has said it will construct all LPG carriers in China in the coming years, bar the engines, which will be installed in Japan.

In addition to its naval commitments, Kawasaki Heavy has said it will focus on building hydrogen carriers on home soil. The company, a pioneer of LNG carrier construction in previous decades, became the first in the world to launch a liquefied hydrogen carrier at the turn of this year. It is now readying designs of 160,000 cu m to aid Japan’s bid to foster a strong hydrogen energy mix.

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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