Japan's K Line orders eight LNG-fuelled car carriers
Japanese shipowner K Line will procure eight LNG-fuelled car carriers between 2023 and 2025, it said on September 21. The company received its first LNG-fuelled car carrier in March this year.
K Line has ordered two vessels each from Nihon Shipyard, Shin Kurushima Dockyard, and China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Nanjing) Co. The LNG-fuelled car carriers are expected to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 25% to 30%, of sulphur oxide by almost 100%, and of nitrogen oxides by 80-90% compared with conventional vessels using heavy fuel oil, K Line said.
The shipowner has set the 2030 interim target of improving carbon dioxide emission efficiency by 50% over 2008, surpassing the IMO target of 40% improvement, it said.
“We are planning to substitute LNG fuel and other new fuels for conventional heavy fuel oil to achieve the targets set forth,” the company said.