Shipbuilding: NYK, Jera Carrier Named “Shinshu Maru”
Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) held a naming ceremony at its Sakaide shipyard for the new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier owned jointly by NYK Line and JERA.
The ceremony was attended by Hendrik Gordenker, chairman of JERA Co. Inc.; Yasumi Kudo, chairman of NYK; and a number of related parties.
At the ceremony, the ship was named “Shinshu Maru” by Mr. Gordenker and the ceremonial rope holding the vessel in place was cut by his wife. The ship derives its name from “Shinshu”, the traditional name for Nagano Prefecture, located in central Honshu—the primary island of Japan, which is one of the areas that the Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. distributes electricity.
The ship will be delivered in February 2019 and assigned to transport LNG for a 20-year period from the Freeport LNG Project in Texas, U.S., in which JERA has an equity interest. NYK will be responsible for ship management of the vessel.
In accordance with its medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green,” the NYK Group seeks to secure stable freight rates through long-term contracts and continue its efforts to contribute to a stable supply of energy.