In late January, global transportation company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) signed a contract with EDF LNG Shipping Ltd. to charter out a newly built liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier powered with a dual-fuel slow-speed WinGD X-DF diesel engine, capable of operating with LNG.
EDF LNG Shipping Ltd., a subsidiary of Electricité de France (EDF) which is one of the largest electricity companies in the world, has contracted the vessel for seven years, with optional extension periods for up to 13 additional years.
The vessel will be built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Korea and is due to be delivered on April 30, 2020. The vessel will be fitted to EDF’s specific requirements and will have a 174,000-cubic meter capacity membrane-type cargo tank fitted with a GTT Mark III Flex cargo containment system and a two stroke large bore slow speed diesel engine able to operate on marine gas oil or boil off gas stored as liquid at cryogenic temperatures.
The Mark III membrane system is a cryogenic liner directly supported by the ship’s inner hull and designed to store LNG at near atmospheric pressure.