The new VLGC will comply with global sulfur cap regulations introduced in January 2020 and EEDI Phase III requirements (source: NYK Line)
May 03, 2022by Riviera News
Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Line has ordered its third dual fuel LPG Liquefied Ammonia Gas (VLGC) carrier from Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI)
Like the first two vessels ordered by NYK Line in December 2021, this vessel will be equipped with separate cargo tanks, with a length of 86,700 m3 tank capacity, designed to carry LPG and ammonia at the same time to flexibly meet commercial models.
Ammonia is expected to be widely used in the future. In addition to the LPG dual-fuel engine, the ship will have a shaft generator that can generate electricity during the voyage using the rotation of the shaft that connects the main engine to the propeller. Since the diesel generator can be shut down during normal sea transit, it will be possible to achieve full navigation on LPG fuel, except for a small amount of pilot fuel.
When the ship uses LPG as fuel, the exhaust gases contain 95% less sulfur oxide and 20% less CO2 compared to conventional NYK VLGCs using heavy oil engines. The new VLGC will comply with global sulfur cap regulations introduced in January 2020 and EEDI Phase III requirements.
NYK Line expects the vessel to obtain ClassNK Class Society certification as a VLGC whose preparatory design complies with guidelines issued by ClassNK, allowing the vessel to use ammonia fuel at the coming.
The 230m vessel will be built at KHI’s Sakaide Works shipyard and is expected to be delivered in 2024.