Japan's shipper giant Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha (K Line Kinkai) will work on a joint study for what would be Japan’s first LNG-powered ferry.
"K Line Kinkai and K Line) have agreed to work on joint study for K Line Kinkai’s newbuilding passenger ferry being fueled by LNG, whose study includes specifications, engine types and any related technical verifications for LNG handling," said a statement from the company.
K Line Kinkai has been studying introduction of a ferry fueled by LNG, an environmentally-friendly energy that could almost completely eliminates SOx emissions and also minimizes NOx and CO2 emissions to certain level, and the recent collaboration with K Line will accelerate this study in order to introduce Japan
’s first passenger LNG-fueled ferry.
K Line Group has also been studying introduction of various types of LNG-fueled vessels, including car carrier
and tugboat as well as LNG supply business.
K Line Group is promoting environmental measures based on K LINE Environmental Vision 2050 that is the Group’s long-term environment management vision toward 2050.
Having more than 40 years of experience in operation and management of liquefied gas carriers, we will continue to aim with collective effort of K Line Group for the realization of being a business that enables a greater number of people around the world to enjoy the advantage of marine transportation characterized
by a lower environmental load and higher efficiency by means of marine fuels such as LNG and LPG that are more environmentally friendly.