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TOP Keel-laying Ceremony Held for Japan’s First LNG Bunkering Vessel


Keel-laying Ceremony Held for Japan’s First LNG Bunkering Vessel

A keel-laying ceremony for an LNG bunkering vessel ordered by Central LNG Shipping* to supply ships with LNG fuel was held at the Sakaide Shipyard & Machinery Works of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. on March 6.

Scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2020, the vessel will be the first LNG bunkering vessel to operate in Japan. Once the vessel is delivered, the project will be operated by Central LNG Marine Fuel Corporation* to supply LNG fuel to ships in the Chubu region of Japan.

We will continue our efforts to establish an LNG fuel supply network in the Chubu region and contribute to the environment by promoting the conversion of ship fuel to LNG.

* Central LNG Shipping and the Central LNG Marine Fuel Corporation are joint ventures to promote the LNG bunkering business. Investors include Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, JERA Corporation, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.

Keel-laying ceremony

Image of LNG bunkering vessel
(Courtesy of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.)

<Outline of the LNG bunkering vessel>
LNG loading capacity: 3,500 m3
Gross tonnage: 4,100 tons
Length overall : 81.7 meters
Overall width: 18.0 meters
Delivery date: Autumn 2020
Shipyard: Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.

<Supply system>

<Features of LNG fuel>

Compared to heavy oil, LNG is expected to reduce emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter (PM) by about 100%, nitrogen oxides (NOx) by up to 80%, and carbon dioxide (CO2) by about 30%. It has been positioned as a powerful alternative to heavy oil as a means of meeting internationally tightened emission regulations for ships.