Japanese shipping group NYK (Nippon Yusen Kaisha) has agreed a memorandum of understanding to build 12 pure car truck carriers (PCTCs) with liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion.
Six ships each with a capacity of 7,000 vehicles will be built by a joint venture of the two Japanese yards Shin Kurushima Dockyard and Nihon Shipyard. They are scheduled to be delivered between 2025 to 2028.
Through its “Sail GREEN” project, NYK’s Automotive Transportation headquarters has been promoting the transition of upcoming newly built PCTCs to vessels that are LNG-fuelled, and this began with Sakura Leader, which was delivered in October 2020 and was the first LNG-fuelled PCTC built in Japan. The use of LNG fuel, in addition to hull modification to improve fuel economy, will contribute to a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by about 40% compared to ships using conventional heavy fuel oil, NYK said. The operator considers LNG fuel as a bridge solution until future zero-emission vessels can be relealised.
The newbuildings will be appr. 199.9m long and 38m wide. The flag of registry is yet to be decided.
NYK opts for car carriers with LNG propulsion