On October 20, the LNG bunkering vessel Kaguya, owned by Central LNG Shipping Japan Corporation, supplied LNG to an NYK pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) “Sakura Leader” at the berth of Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. This is the first time in Japan for LNG fuel to be supplied to a vessel via ship-to-ship system.
The LNG supplied by Kaguya was loaded at JERA’s Kawagoe Thermal Power Station prior to this ship-to-ship bunkering. Operated by Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation, Kaguya will be based at Kawagoe Thermal Power Station and will soon begin supplying LNG to ships in the Chubu region.
Kaguya is also the first LNG bunkering vessel to be operated in Japan. Its name derives from Princess Kaguya in “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” which is said to be Japan’s oldest story and is still loved by many people today. The name also expresses Central LNG’s desire to grow the LNG bunkering market as long and high as a bamboo tree.
LNG cargo tank capacity: 3,500 m3
Gross tonnage: 4,100 tons
Length overall: 81.7 m
Breadth: 18.0 m
Delivery: September 2020
Shipyard: Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Sakaide Works
Source: Central LNG