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Kawasaki Heavy Industries develops expandable LNG fuel tank

Kawasaki Heavy Industries develops expandable LNG fuel tank
Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has come up with an innovative expandable LNG-fuel tank for ships that can store up to five times more LNG than existing designs, reports said.

KHI’s new expandable box-shaped tank can hold between 2,000-10,000 cu m of LNG and has dividers inside to reduce sloshing. At present, a typical LNG tank is barrel-shaped and can store less than 2,000 cu m.

The Japanese shipbuilder said it aims to commercialise the new tank design over the next year and will supply it to LNG-fuelled vessels requiring long distance capacity, including containerships and roros.

KHI is also expecting demand for such tanks to rise in view of increasingly stringent global regulations on harmful emissions.