Japan to launch first LNG bunkering vessel in 2020

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

09 July 2018


Central LNG Shipping Japan Corporation (CLS) placed an order a 3,500 m3 LNG bunkering vessel (LBV) on July 6, the first to be operated in Japan.

CLS is a joint venture company, established by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Chubu Electric Power, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, ordered the new vessel from Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

Lng Bunkering Vessel

The LBV, which is scheduled to be delivered around September to December 2020, will become the first to be operated in Japan.

The LBV will feature 4,100 tons. According to the shipbuilder, the vessel will have a length of 81.7 meters and a breadth of 18 meters.

The four companies jointly established CLS and Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation in May of this year to launch the LNG Bunkering Business in the Chubu (central) region of Japan.

The LBV will be owned and managed by CLS, and LNG will be supplied to end-users through CLMF.