Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has received an order from Nippon Yūsen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) Line for the construction of a new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) dual-fuel very large LPG/liquefied ammonia gas carrier (VLGC).

Expected to be delivered in 2026, the new vessel will be built at the KHI Sakaide Works shipyard.

The vessel will be NYK’s seventh LPG-fueled LPG carrier, as well as the fifth of a new type of vessel designed to carry ammonia.

To meet various trade patterns, the new vessel will feature separate cargo tanks, allowing it to carry LPG and ammonia at the same time.

It will also be installed with a shaft generator linking the main engine to the propeller, which will enable the generation of electricity during the voyage through the rotation of the shaft.

Achieving full navigation with LPG fuel will be possible only after stopping the diesel generator during normal seagoing transit.

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Compared with NYC’s conventional VLGCs, which use heavy-oil-fired engines, exhaust gas from the new VLGC will include around 95% less sulfur oxide (SOx) and 20% less CO₂ when LPG is used as fuel.

The new vessel will be in line with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) Phase 3 regulations, in addition to the SOx Global Cap regulations.

Earlier this month, NYK took delivery of another dual-fuel LPG carrier, called Lantana Planet, from KHI.

It is the firm’s fourth 84,000m³ capacity LPG vessel with a dual-fuel main engine.