Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) announced that along with Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. have joint AIP (Approval in Principle) for the concept design of an LNG-powered Ore Carrier from DNV GL. Work on this joint project for the development of the LNG-fueled carrier has complied with both environmental and actual operation requirements as follows, based on the second generation WOZMAX® (an optimum size of vessel that can call main West Australian iron ore loading ports) of Namura.
– To keep almost same deadweight and normal service speed as WOZMAX®.
– To keep enough endurance for round-trip between Singapore and Brazil in gas fuel mode, arranging the LNG tanks in center section of hull.
– To achieve EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) phase 3 by means of primary fuel changes to LNG.
In addition to LNG fuel conversion, “K” Line studied the possibility of it being combined with Shaft Generator, Binary Cycle Power Generation System and Lithium Battery so as to further reduce CO2 emissions and confirmed that this system can achieve an additional further 4% reduction of fuel oil consumption.
The company seeks to obtain greater efficiency in its operations as well as further reduction of CO2 emissions and environmental pollutants in accordance with “K” LINE ENVIROMENTAL VISION 2050. In this regard, this new system is considered as one of the efficient systems that will help the company achieve their goals by 2050.
Environmental concern with greenhouse gas emission effect is growing and, based on its sustainable management vision, “K” LINE will encourage less environmental load from marine transport by operating ships that are highly energy efficient and which contribute to conservation of the global environment.
Source: “K” Line