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Live From Posidonia 2014

Kawasaki Heavy Industries targets LNG-fuelled designs

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) is developing LNG-fuelled ship designs based on over 30-years experience in building LNG carriers.

Toshiro Takagi, technical manager for KHI UK, told the Japan – Posidonia 2014 Seminar that the Japanese shipbuilder has two designs for LNG-fuelled vessels. In 2012 it developed 9,000 teu containership design approved by DNV GL, and a 3,800 vehicle capacity pure car truck carrier (PCTC). It also has a design for a 3,500 cu m LNG bunker tanker.

Takagi said that this year it had received orders for two dual-fuel 3,800 capacity PCTCs.

The shipbuilder sees its experience in building LNG carriers, which it started in 1981, as a giving it an edge in LNG-fuelled vessels. Takagi noted they had their own LNG tank manufacturing and could build various types of tanks.

KHI has two yards in Japan, two in China and one under construction in Brazil.


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