The Japanese shipping and logistics company NYK has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the consecutive building of 12 LNG-powered pure car, truck carriers (PCTCs) at Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co., Ltd. and Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd. The newly built ships will be delivered successively from fiscal 2025 to fiscal 2028.
This consecutive building of LNG-fueled PCTCs is in accordance with the PCTC fleet replacement plan to achieve NYK’s environment management target, which is to reduce CO2 emissions per ton-kilometer of transport by 50% by 2050. The use of LNG, in addition to hull modification to improve fuel economy, will contribute to a reduction of CO2 emissions by approximately 40% compared to ships using conventional heavy fuel oil.
Through its “Sail GREEN” project, NYK’s Automotive Transportation Headquarters has been promoting the transition of upcoming newly built PCTCs to vessels that are LNG-powered, and this began with Sakura Leader, which was delivered in October 2020 and was the first LNG-fueled PCTC to be built in Japan. In fact, the company already has firm plans to launch eight LNG-fueled PCTCs by 2024. Including these additional 12 new vessels, NYK’s total number of LNG-fueled PCTCs will increase to 20 by fiscal 2028 through a total investment of about 200 billion yen.
On February 3, NYK released 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) through business activities. To strongly promote ESG management, the NYK Group will actively encourage replacement of its PCTC fleet to next-generation eco-friendly ships and encourage new value creation as a sustainable solution provider.