K Line takes delivery of a new dual-fuel LNG carrier for Petronas

Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has taken delivery of the new W-Max class liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China.

The Suria diary. Courtesy of K Line

The 79,959 m3 carrier will transport LNG from Malaysia to Shenergy Group in China under a long-term charter with Malaysian energy company Petronas.

This dual-fuel vessel, named Lagenda Suria, is the first of two LNG carriers included in the 12-year time charter with a 12-year extension option, signed in 2020.

The second ship will be christened Lagenda Serenty next month, the Japanese company said.

Both vessels are 239 meters long and 36.6 meters wide and run on an X-DF dual-fuel engine that uses low pressure admitted gas.

K Line identified the LNG carrier business as one of the priority areas to drive growth in its medium-term management plan released in May this year.

K Line will flexibly and proactively respond to customer needs, including growing needs for environmental and digital solutions to maximize its business value,” says the company.

At the very beginning of the year, the shipping company revealed its intention to have zero-emission ships by 2030.

“We … aim to introduce zero-emission ships as soon as possible by the end of the second half of the 2020s,” Yukikazu MyochinChairman and CEO of K Line, announced in the New Year’s message issued on January 4, 2022.

In November last year, the company partially revised the K Line Environmental Vision 2050, its long-term policy on environmental measures, replacing the target to halve emissions by 2050, which was the same than the goal of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with the new goal of achieving net zero GHG emissions by 2050.

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