K Line launched new LNG-fuelled car carrier in Japan
K Line's first LNG-fuelled car carrier was unveiled on 31 July 2020 at Tadotsu Shipyard, part of the Imabari Shipbuilding Group.
Construction is currently underway, as announced, with expected delivery in the 2020 fiscal year.
The 73,800 GT ship was ordered by the Japanese shipping company as a next-generation car carrier with a reduced environmental footprint in 2018.
The carrier has a dual-fuel diesel engine ME-GI with an exhaust gas recirculation system (EGR) to be used with NOx Tier III. Auxiliary engines are also dual-fuel diesel engines that comply with NOx Tier III in gas mode. The Selective Catalytic Reduction System auxiliary engine is designed to meet the specifications of the NOx Tier III also in diesel mode, providing versatility in the choice of fuel.
The shipbuilding project is said to be part of K Line 's activities aimed at promoting and contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In line with this, the organization plans to increase its CO2 emissions performance by 50 % by 2030 compared to 2008 rates.
Maritime Business World