“K” LINE to procure 8 Next-Generation Car Carriers

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) has decided to procure eight 7,000 units class car carriers fueled by LNG (liquefied natural gas) from FY2023 to FY2025, following its first LNG-fueled vessel, CENTURY HIGHWAY GREEN, which was delivered on March 12, 2021.

“K” Line has made an agreement to order the new next-generation of environmentally friendly car carriers from NIHON SHIPYARD CO., LTD., SHIN KURUSHIMA DOCKYARD CO., LTD., and CHINA MERCHANTS JINLING SHIPYARD (NANJING) CO., LTD.

The next generation of environmentally-friendly vessels are expected to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is a greenhouse gas (GHG), by 25% to 30%, emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx), which cause air pollution, by almost 100%, and emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 80% to 90% with the use of LNG fuel and EGR(Exhaust Gas Recirculation, compared to conventional vessels using heavy fuel oil.

As a part of its environmental vision for 2050, “K” LINE has set the 2030 interim target of improving CO2 emission efficiency by 50% over 2008, surpassing the IMO target of 40% improvement. It is planning to substitute LNG fuel and other new fuels for conventional heavy fuel oil to achieve the targets set forth.

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