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K Line orders LNG-powered bulker fitted with Airseas kite

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K Line is building its first LNG-powered bulker at Nihon Shipyard that will also be fitted with a Seawing automated kite.

The Japanese shipowner said it had inked a long-term consecutive charter with IFE Steel Corp for a 210,000 dwt capesize bulker to be powered by LNG.

The 210,000 dwt vessel will be built at Nihon Shipyard with delivery scheduled for the first half of 2024. In addition to LNG power to reduce emissions K Line will be installing an Airseas “Seawing” automated kite for wind propulsion.

K Line said the vessel would be able to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% to 30%. “Moreover, the vessel reaches more 40% of CO2 emission reduction in the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) which fully aligns with the reduction target of the International Maritime Organization (IMO),” the company said.

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