Japan launches first LNG bunker vessel

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Japan’s first LNG bunker vessel (LBV) was successfully launched at the Sakaide Works of Kawasaki Heavy Industries the owner Central LNG Shipping Japan Corporation has announced.

The LBV is 81.7m in length and has a capacity of 3,500m3 of LNG. It is scheduled to be delivered at the end of September 2020 and will be the first LBV to be operated in Japan. After the delivery, the LBV will be based at JERA’s Kawagoe Thermal Power Station and commence ship-to-ship LNG bunkering business for LNG-fuelled vessels.

In 2018, K Line, JERA, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and NYK Line jointly established Central LNG Shipping Japan Corporation (CLS), which owns the LBV and ordered its building, and Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation (CLMF), which will promote the LNG bunkering business in the Chubu (central) region of Japan.

The expertise and strengths of each company will be utilised to provide LNG bunkering solution in the Chubu region and promote a shift to marine LNG for ships.