Japan commences first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering business

Japan commences first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering business

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) has commenced its LNG bunkering business in the Chubu region through its joint venture company with JERA, Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).

On October 20, the first LNG bunkering vessel in Japan, Kaguya, owned by the joint venture company made historic first Ship-to-Ship LNG fuel supply in Japan to a car carrier Sakura Leader, which will be operated by NYK at the construction yard of Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding.

Kaguya, based at JERA’s Kawagoe Thermal Power Station, will supply LNG fuel to “K” Line’s first LNG-fuelled car carrier that is scheduled to be delivered by the end of FY2020.

With increasing the delivery of LNG fuelled vessels that are capable of reducing GHG emissions, Kaguya will be having an important role for stable LNG fuel supply.