Japan’s first LNG
bunker vessel (LBV) was successfully launched at the Sakaide Works of Kawasaki
Heavy Industries Ltd.
The first LBV to be operated in Japan
The LBV is
scheduled to be delivered at the end of September 2020 and will be the first
LBV to be operated in Japan. After the delivery, the LBV will be based at
JERA’s Kawagoe Thermal Power Station and commence ship-to-ship LNG bunkering
business for LNG-fueled vessels.
In 2018, Kawasaki
Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (“K” Line), JERA Co. Inc., Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) jointly established Central LNG
Shipping Japan Corporation (CLS), which owns the LBV and ordered its building,
and Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation (CLMF), which will promote the
LNG bunkering business in the Chubu (central) region of Japan.
The expertise and
strengths of each company will be utilized to provide LNG bunkering solution in
the Chubu region and promote a shift to marine LNG for ships.
Principal Particulars of LBV
LNG cargo tank
capacity: 3,500 m3; Gross tonnage: 4,100 tons; Length overall: 81.7 m; Breadth:
18.0 m ; Delivery: September 2020
Compared to heavy fuel oil,
the use of LNG can reduce emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx) and particulate
matter (PM) by approximately 100%, nitrogen oxides (NOx) by as much as 80%, and
carbon dioxide (CO2) by approximately 30%