Japan’s First LNG Bunkering Vessel Launched — Operations to Begin in Autumn 2020
Japan’s first LNG bunker vessel (LBV) was successfully launched at the Sakaide Works of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.
The LBV is scheduled to be delivered at the end of September 2020 and will be the first LBV to be operated in Japan. After the delivery, the LBV will be based at JERA’s Kawagoe Thermal Power Station and commence ship-to-ship LNG bunkering business for LNG-fueled vessels.
Central LNG Shipping and the Central LNG Marine Fuel Corporation* 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.
<Principal Particulars of LBV>
LNG cargo tank capacity: 3,500 m3
Gross tonnage: 4,100 tons
Length overall: 81.7 m
Breadth: 18.0 m
Delivery: September 2020
Shipyard: Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Sakaide Works