In a statement from NYK they have announced that they have placed an order for the world’s largest pure car truck carrier (PCTC) to be solely powered by LNG.
The ship is scheduled for delivery next year and will be able to transport around 7000 units per voyage, and will be built in Japan.
The ship will be approximately 40% more energy efficient which will reduce CO2 emissions and come well within the limits set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) EEDI phase 3 which will come into force in 2025.
This project is receiving support from two Japanese ministries: Japan’s Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
The LNG market remains the key powerhouse for Japan’s marine industry with the Ministry of Land, Transport and Tourism setting a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from international shipping. Japan is planning to establish itself as a green shipbuilder, which produces ships that are better for the environment.