Japanese operator NYK has announced orders for four new LNG-fuelled Capesize bulkers across three different yards.
The planned number of ships to be ordered will be two at Japan Shipyard, one at Namura Shipbuilding, and one at Shanghai Takahashi Shipbuilding. Construction is scheduled to be completed sequentially from 2024 to 2025.
This ship construction order is part of NYK’s Capesize Valqua fleet development programme aimed at achieving net zero emissions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Group’s ocean shipping business by 2050.
“We have positioned the LNG-fuelled vessel as one of the bridge solutions for the realisation of future zero-emission vessels, and we already have one of the world’s first LNG-fuelled large coal vessels and our first LNG-fuelled Capesize Valqua in the bulk fleet. Going forward, we will continue to systematically and gradually introduce LNG-fuelled vessels until the realisation of zero-emission vessels that use marine fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia, which have a lower environmental impact”, the company said in a statement.