Nippon Yūsen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) Line has secured approval in principle (AiP) from Japanese ship classification society ClassNK for an ammonia bunkering vessel (ABV).

The shipping firm is claimed to be the first in Japan to independently receive AiP for an ABV from ClassNK.

The company aims to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its oceangoing shipping business and has set a 2050 target for net-zero emissions.

It is currently engaged in the development of zero-emission ships that will operate on low environmental impact ammonia, hydrogen and other marine fuels.

NYK has used know-how obtained from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel supply system of Japan’s first LNG-powered car carrier to devise the concept for the ABV.

This LNG-fuelled car carrier has been operating since October 2020. Furthermore, Japan’s first LNG bunkering vessel is operated by Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan, an affiliate of NYK.

In February 2021, NYK revealed the ‘NYK Group ESG Story’, which intends to further incorporate environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) into the firm’s management strategy, supporting activities that help achieve sustainable development goals through business activities.

In March, the company unveiled the updated ‘NYK Group ESG Story 2022’, which enabled it to roll out initiatives to integrate ESG into the group’s management strategies outlined in its story.

Earlier this month, NYK Line conducted a naming ceremony for its new very large gas carrier (VLGC) at Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Sakaide Works in Japan.

The new vessel, Lupinus Planet, will be chartered to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) firm Astomos Energy.