Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Chubu Electric Power Co., Ltd., Toyota Tsusho Corporation and NYK Line Corporation have come together to jointly study how to introduce and commercialize liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel for ships. The study will aid the many major southern coast major ports of the central region of Chubu, Honshu.
LNG fuel can reduce emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases compared to heavy oil, and it is positioned as a powerful alternative to heavy oil as a response to the strengthened international emissions regulations for ships. In cooperation, the four companies will consider specific suppliers and methods of supply to start supplying LNG fuel.
Emissions reductions include sulfur oxide (SOx) and particulate matter (PM) by about 100%, nitrogen oxide (NOx) by up to 80% and carbon dioxide (CO 2) by about 30% compared with heavy oil.
The ports of Chubu include Nagoya (the largest and busiest trading port in Japan), Yokkaichi, and several cruiseliner destinations.
Source: NYK Line