NYK is to order two LNG-fuelled large coal carriers, of 95,000 dwt and 235m length, from Oshima Shipbuilding, for scheduled delivery in 2025.
This ship order is a part of a bulk carrier fleet development aimed at achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the NYK Group’s oceangoing businesses by 2050. The two ships will emit close to zero SOx, 80% less NOx, and 30% less carbon dioxide (CO2) compared to existing conventional heavy oil-fuelled vessels. Additionally, the vessels will be compliant with the IMO’s Tier III NOx emission regulations.
NYK is positioning LNG fuel as a bridge solution until future zero-emission ships can be realised. The company ordered the world’s first LNG-fuelled large coal carrier in 2019 and its first LNG-fuelled capesize bulk carrier in 2021, in addition to four more LNG-fuelled capsize bulk carriers in January 2022.
For the future, NYK will gradually introduce more LNG-fuelled vessels until the realisation of zero-emission vessels that use marine fuels such as hydrogen or ammonia, which would have an even lower environmental impact.