Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) will be procuring eight 7,000 units class car carriers fueled by LNG (liquefied natural gas) by FY2023 to FY2025, reads an official news release.
This follows their first LNG-fueled vessel, “CENTURY HIGHWAY GREEN” which was delivered on March 12, 2021.
Emission cuts with eco-friendly vessels
“K” Line has made an agreement to order the new next-generation of environmentally friendly car carriers from Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd., Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co., Ltd., and China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Nanjing) Co., Ltd, two vessels in each of three shipyards.
Next-generation of environmentally friendly vessels are expected to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is a greenhouse gas (GHG), by 25% to 30%, emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx), which cause air pollution, by almost 100%, and emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 80% to 90% with the use of LNG fuel and EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation), compared to conventional vessels using heavy fuel oil.
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Source: K Line