Japanese shipowner NYK has placed an order at domestic yard Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding for the construction of a single LNG-fueled pure car and truck carrier (PCTC).
The ship is scheduled to be delivered in 2020 and is expected to be the largest LNG-fueled PCTC in the world.
The 7,000 ceu car carrier will also be equipped with the technology to reduce further CO2 emissions, with the support by Japan’s Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s model project to reduce emissions by using alternative fuel.
NYK claims the ship will be about 40% more energy efficient in terms of reducing CO2 emissions per unit of transport, far exceeding IMO EEDI phase 3 requirements that will become effective in 2025, and the vessel is also expected to reduce sulfur oxide emissions by approximately 99% and nitrogen oxides by approximately 86% compared to conventional heavy fuel engines.
NYK is a firm believer of LNG as a fuel, and it has been making a series of efforts on the development of LNG as part of the company’s medium term plan Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green.
NYK launched there world’s first LNG-fueled car carrier Auto Eco in 2016 and also issued green bonds last year to finance LNG-fueled ships and LNG bunkering vessels.