“K” Line signs AiP for LNG-fuelled ore carrier concept

“K” Line signs AiP for LNG-fuelled ore carrier concept

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) and Namura Shipbuilding have signed a joint Approval in Principle (AiP) for the concept design of a liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled Ore Carrier from DNV GL.

The work for the LNG-fuelled carrier has complied with environmental and actual operation based on the second generation WOZMAX of Namura Shipyard.  WOZMAX is a registered brand of Namura Shipyard and refers to an optimum size of vessel that can call main West Australian iron ore loading ports, which stands for “West” “OZ” “MAX”.

The vessel will keep to the same deadweight and normal service speed as WOZMAX, will ensure keep enough endurance for round-trip between Singapore and Brazil in gas fuel mode, arranging the LNG tanks in centre section of hull. In addition, the vessel will achieve the Energy efficiency Design Index (EEDI) phase 3 by means of primary fuel changes to LNG.

Comparison of principal particulars. Courtesy of “K” Line

In addition to LNG fuel conversion, “K” Line studied the possibility of it being combined with Shaft Generator, Binary Cycle Power Generation System and Lithium Battery so as to further reduce CO2 emissions and confirmed that this system can achieve an additional further 4 per cent reduction of fuel oil consumption.

“K” Line will continue to improve energy efficiency in its operations as well as further reduction of CO2 emissions and environmental pollutants in accordance with its Environmental Vision 2050.