NYK names 1st LNG-fuelled PCTC to be built in Japan

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By Jasmina Ovcina Image courtesy: NYK

Japanese shipping major NYK has named its first large scale LNG-fuelled vessel built at a domestic yard, the company said.

The vessel, named Sakura Leader, is a car carrier, built by Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding and is scheduled for delivery in October 2020.

The ship’s design maximizes the vessel’s loading capacity which stands at approximately 7,000 units (standard vehicle equivalent) per voyage.

The vessel is part of the company’s plans of rejuvenating its fleet with the next-generation of eco-friendly ships.

By running on LNG, the ship is expected to improve energy efficiency (CO2 emissions per transport unit) by about 40% exceeding

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