NYK Lines would be building twelve new LNG- fueled PCTCs at Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co. Ltd. and Nihon Shipyard Co. Ltd. Six ships would be built at each of the two shipyards.
This new venture supports NYK’s sustainability target of reducing CO2 emissions per ton-kilometer of transport by 50% by 2050. The use of LNG, in place of traditional marine fuels would reduce CO2 emission by approximately 40%, as compared to conventional heavy fuel oil.
All the twelve PCTCs, which are scheduled to be delivered between 2025 to 2028, are being built under the company’s ‘Sail Green’ project. Through this initiative, the Japanese shipping company is promoting its transition of it’s PCTCs to being LNG-powered.
The Sakura Leader was NYK’s first LNG-powered PCTC vessel, which was built in Japan. It was delivered in October, 2020. Eight new LNG-powered PCTCs are already in line to be launched by the company, by 2024. These, along with the twelve newly announced PCTCs, would push NYK’s LNG-fueled PCTC fleet to 21 vessels, by 2028.
The company is investing approximately 200 billion yen, in building this giant fleet of LNG-powered PCTCs. NYK is looking forward to actively promoting the transition to sustainable and eco-friendly technologies in the shipping industry.