Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) Group has taken delivery of a third methanol-driven chemical tanker, Grouse Sun.

Owned by NYK Group’s Singapore-based firm, NYK Bulkship (Asia), the vessel was constructed at South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.

The vessel features a dual-fuel engine, which enables the use of heavy fuel oil as well as methanol.

Grouse Sun is also installed with new technology to cut down the production of nitrogen oxides (NOx) when operating on methanol fuel.

The process involves adding water to the methanol, which reduces the temperature during combustion.

NYK stated: “… the vessel will be in compliance with the IMO’s Tier III NOx emission standard and lead to environment-friendly transportation without the requirement for an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system and a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) device.”

The vessel has an overall length of 186m, breadth of 32.20m and gross tonnage of 30,873 tonnes.

Managed by NYK Shipmanagement, the vessel has a long-term charter contract with Methanex subsidiary company Waterfront Shipping.

Waterfront Shipping is engaged in the transportation of bulk chemicals, such as methanol and clean petroleum products, to key markets in North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America.

Last month, NYK Line took delivery of the Plumeria Leader vessel, which was built at Japan’s Shin Kurushima Dockyard of Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding.

Plumeria Leader is a liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) that can ship around 7,000 units (standard vehicle equivalent) each voyage.