K Line Collaboration Considers Japan’s First LNG-fueled Ferry

| Japan, Tokyo
K Line Kinkai Silver Eight Ferry Launch 2013

K Line Kinkai Ferry

Japanese global seaborne transportation and logistics company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line) and related coastal freight transportation and ferry services company Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line Kinkai) have agreed to work on joint study for the latter’s newbuilding passenger ferry being fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The study includes specifications, engine types and any related technical verifications for LNG handling.

K Line Kinkai has been studying the introduction of a ferry fueled by LNG, an environmentally-friendly energy that could almost completely eliminate SOx emissions and also reduce NOx and CO2 emissions. 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. The 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, the K Line Group will collectively strive 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.

Source: K Line

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