NYK has concluded a ship-building contract with China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Nanjing) Co. Ltd. for four LNG-powered pure car truck carriers (PCTC). These four vessels will be delivered from 2022 to 2023 and are planned to be assigned to transport vehicles mainly to/from Europe and/or to the Middle East.
On these vessels, WinGD’s X-DF2.0 iCER main engine will be utilized for the first time in the world. This engine consumes less gas and reduces GHG by cutting methane emissions from exhaust gas by approximately 50%. Further, the vessels will be equipped with battery hybrid technology, which will improve fuel efficiency by mitigating main engine and electrical generator load fluctuations through the support of batteries.
The ships’ main features are: length overall of 199.90 meters, breadth of about 38.00 meters, total car capacity of 7,000 units, and gross tonnage of 72,800 tons.
Concluding the ship-building contract for these four vessels is in line with NYK’s plan to replace current vessels with around 40 newly built LNG-fueled PCTCs over the next decade to achieve its environment management target, which is to reduce CO2 emissions per ton-kilometer of transport by 50% by 2050. The company also aims to further advance to zero-emission vessels utilizing low-emission marine fuels such as hydrogen from around the mid-2030s.
On February 3, 2021, NYK announced the NYK Group ESG Story, which aims to further integrate ESG into the company’s management strategy and promotes activities that contribute to the achievement of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) by providing cleaner transportation services, including the introduction of next-generation eco-friendly ships within the PCTC fleet.