- Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. launched Japan’s first LNG bunker vessel (LBV) 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.
Japan’s first LNG bunker vessel (LBV) was successfully launched at the Sakaide Works of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, reads a press release from Toyota Tsusho Corporation.
LNG bunkering operations
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 delivery, the LBV will be based at JERA’s Kawagoe Thermal Power Station and commence ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations for LNG-fueled vessels, it said.
Shift to marine LNG
In 2018, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (“K” Line), JERA Co. Inc, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) jointly established Central LNG Shipping Japan Corporation (CLS), which owns the LBV and ordered the newbuilding.
Also included is Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation (CLMF), which will promote the LNG bunkering operations in the Chubu (central) region of Japan.
The expertise and strengths of each company will be utilized to provide LNG bunkering solutions in the Chubu region and promote a shift to marine LNG for ships.
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
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Source: Toyota Tsusho Corporation