Japanese joint venture orders first LNG bunkering vessel from Kawasaki

Central LNG Shipping Japan Corporation (CLS), the joint venture of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Chubu Electric Power, Toyota Tsusho, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha has gone further down the track and ordered an LNG Bunkering Vessel (LBV) from Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

The LBV, which is scheduled to be delivered around September to December 2020, will be the first to be operated in Japan. No financial details were disclosed.

The Singapore FueLNG LNG bunkering joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine and Shell Eastern Petroleum announced earlier this year that Keppel would build Southeast Asia’s first LBV for SGD50m ($36.7m).

The four companies jointly established CLS and Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation (CLMF) in May to launch the LNG Bunkering Business in the Chubu (central) region of Japan. The LBV will be owned and managed by CLS, and LNG will be supplied to end-users through CLMF.

Posted 06 July 2018

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Vincent Wee

Asia Editor, Seatrade Maritime News