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Japan launches first LNG bunkering vessel

Japan has launched the country’s first LNG bunkering vessel at the Sakaide Works of Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

The 3,500-cu m capacity LNG bunkering vessel is expected to be delivered at end-September to become the first in operation in Japan.

The vessel will be based at JERA’s Kawagoe Thermal Power Station to start ship-to-ship LNG bunkering for LNG-fuelled vessels.

In 2018, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), JERA Co, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) jointly established Central LNG Shipping Japan Corporation (CLS) to own the LNG bunkering vessel.

The aim is to provide LNG bunkering solution in Japan’s Chubu region and promote a shift to LNG as fuel for ships.

Compared to burning heavy fuel oil, the use of LNG as marine fuel can reduce emissions of SOx and PM by approximately 100%, NOx by as much as 80% and CO2 by around 30%.

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