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NYK has announced the order of its first two LPG dual-fuelled VLGCs with Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Both ships will be built at the KHI Sakaide Works shipyard and are set for delivery in 2022.

When LPG is used as fuel, exhaust gas from the ordered VLGCs will contain at least 85% less SOx and 15% less CO2 compared to conventional VLGCs equipped with fuel-oil engines. These new VLGCs will comply not only with the SOx Global Cap regulations that were tightened from January 2020 but also with the EEDI phase 3 requirements.

In addition, by equipping the ships with LPG tanks on deck, it will be possible to load LPG for fuel separately from the LPG cargo. Having the LPG tanks on deck extends the cruising range of the vessel when LPG fuel is used even though the size of the vessel remains the same.

The ships will be 230m in length and have a 37.2m beam. Depth is 21.9m and summer draught 11.6m. Their tank capacity is to be 86,500m3 including the on-deck tank capacity of 2,500m3.