Japanese shipowner Nippon Yusen Kaisha has launched its fifth LNG-powered car carrier, which will mainly be used to transport vehicles manufactured by domestic car producer Toyota Motor. After arriving at the Port of Nagoya, the vessel received LNG fuel from Kaguya, an LNG-bunkering ship operated by Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation, a joint venture owned by NYK and other companies.
The new 200-meter long PCTC was named after the freesia flower in the hope of realizing and passing on a prosperous global environment through eco-friendly transportation.
Features of Freesia Leader
Freesia Leader, with a capacity of 7,000 CEU, will be engaged in the transportation of finished vehicles for the Toyota Motor Corporation and other customers seeking to reduce their environmental impact in logistics.
Two LNG bunkering ships
The country has already launched two LNG bunkering ships — Kaguya in the Ise and Mikawa bays, and Ecobunker Tokyo Bay in Tokyo. The Kaguya has been supplying LNG to ocean-going LNG-fuelled vessels since October 2020, while it is unconfirmed if Ecobunker Tokyo Bay has started operations yet.
The four LNG bunker barges will cover the country’s main bunkering areas of Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Setouchi and Kyushu.
Around a third of Japan’s total conventional bonded marine fuel sales are currently delivered in the Tokyo bay area, which includes Tokyo, Yokohama and Chiba, according to bunker traders.
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