On March 24, the second large-scale LNG-powered car carrier “PLUMERIA LEADER” built by Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding for Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) Line was completed and delivered. This is the sister ship of the “SAKURA LEADER”, which will be delivered in 2020, and will be used for the transportation of Toyota vehicles. This type of ship is 199.95 meters long, 38 meters wide, and has a gross tonnage of 73,500 tons. It can carry 7,000 vehicles and is currently one of the largest car carriers in the world.
The new ships feature additional technologies that increase energy efficiency by 40 percent and reduce CO2 emissions. The LNG-powered car carrier is also expected to reduce sulfur oxide emissions by 99 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 86 percent compared with conventional heavy oil engines. This series of 7,000-car space car carriers has been optimized with a wider hull to reduce the impact of reduced vehicle capacity due to the size of the LNG fuel tank.
NYK has positioned LNG fuel as one of the bridge technologies to enable future zero-emission ships. In 2018, Nippon Yusen ordered the first LNG-powered car carrier “SAKURA LEADER” at Shinkurishima Shipbuilding, and in February 2020, it ordered the second “PLUMERIA LEADER”.
As part of NYK‘s plans, the company will deploy 20 LNG-powered car carriers by 2028. The total investment of these 20 LNG-powered ships exceeds 200 billion yen (about 1.819 billion US dollars), which is equivalent to 20% of its existing fleet capacity.
日本邮船已经将LNG燃料定位为实现未来零排放船舶的桥梁技术之一。2018年，日本邮船在新来岛造船订造了首艘LNG动力汽车运输船“SAKURA LEADER”号，2020年2月又增订了第二艘“PLUMERIA LEADER”号。