Japanese shipping company NYK orders LPG dual-fueled VLGCs
The Japanese shipping company NYK has placed an order with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd for its first two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) dual-fueled very large gas carriers (VLGCs).
Both ships will be constructed at the shipyard of KHI Sakaide Works and are scheduled for delivery in 2022.
When LPG from the ordered VLGCs is used as fuel exhaust gas, at least 85 percent less sulfur oxide (SOx) and 15 percent less carbon dioxide (CO2) will be produced compared to traditional VLGCs fitted with fuel oil engines.
Furthermore, it will be possible to load LPG for fuel separately from the LPG cargo by equipping the ships with LPG tanks on deck.When LPG fuel is used, having the LPG tanks on deck increases the cruising range of the vessel even if the size of the vessel remains the same, the company added.
Outlines of the vessels will be:
- Length overall: approx. 230 meters
- Breadth: 37.20 meters
- Depth: 21.90 meters
- Summer draft: 11.60 meters
- Tank capacity: approx. 86,500 cubic meters (includes the on-deck tank capacity of 2,500 cubic meters)
These new VLGCs will comply with the phase 3 specifications of the IMO 2020 Sulphur Limit and the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), in which VLGC and LNG ship-type carriers would be expected to achieve reductions of 30% by 2025.
Maritime Business World