TMC Compressors to Supply Air Lubrication System Compressors for NYK Line’s LNG Carriers


TMC Compressors (TMC) has secured a contract from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to provide marine air lubrication system (ALS) compressors for four LNG carriers being built for Japanese shipowner NYK Line.

Contract Details

  • Client: Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)
  • End User: NYK Line
  • Number of Vessels: Four LNG carriers
  • Delivery Date: 2027

Technological Features

  • Air Lubrication System: Each carrier will be equipped with HHI’s Hi-ALS system.
  • TMC Compressors: Energy-efficient, frequency-controlled marine ALS compressors.

Air Lubrication System (ALS)

  • Function: Reduces resistance between the ship’s hull and seawater using air bubbles.
  • Benefits: Lowers frictional resistance, reducing fuel consumption, operating costs, and CO2 emissions.

Strategic Fit

  • Environmental Goals: Aligns with NYK Group’s “Sail Green, Drive Transformations 2026 – A Passion for Planetary Wellbeing” initiative.
  • Energy Efficiency: TMC’s compressors provide precise control of air volume, leading to significant fuel savings.

Technical Specifications

  • Compressor Range: 50 kW to 400 kW capacity, with associated ALS control systems.
  • Manufacturing Location: Scandinavia

Vessel Specifications

  • Cargo Capacity: 174,000 cubic metres
  • Dimensions: 289.9 metres in length, 46.1 metres in width
  • Charter: Vessels will be chartered to EnBW Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg, a major German energy company.

TMC’s Market Position

  • Headquarters: Oslo
  • Industry Standing: The World’s leading supplier of compressed air systems for marine and offshore use.

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Source:  TMC Compressors