The Japanese shipowner has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build six ships each at Shin Kurushima Dockyard and Nihon Dockyard.
The newbuild pure car truck carriers (PCTCs) will have a capacity of 6,800 to 7,000 units and be delivered between 2025 and 2028.
NYK’s first LNG-powered PCTC was delivered in October last year and with the 12 newbuildings it has committed to have a fleet of 20 LNG-fuelled car carriers by 2028,
“NYK aims to further advance to zero-emission vessels utilising marine fuels that have a lower environmental impact, such as hydrogen and ammonia, from around 2030. For the moment, NYK is positioning LNG fuel as a bridge solution until future zero emission ships can be realised,” the shipowner said.