Japan to Diversify LNG-Powered Ship Portfolio
NYK has announced plans today to build a tugboat which can run on either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or heavy fuel oil. This is the first LNG powered vessel to be built in Japan not including LNG carriers.
NYK notes that using LNG as a fuel will cut CO2 emissions by about 30%, NOX by about 80%, and SOX by 100% compared to using heavy oil.
Like many LNG-as-a-fuel projects around the world which are subsidized by the local government, this project is no exception.
Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism are providing an undisclosed level of subsidizing and Tokyo Gas will supply the LNG.
The world’s first LNG-powered tugboat, M/T BorgÃ¸y was built for Norwegian tug owner, BuksÃ©r og Berging at Sanmar Shipbuilding in Turkey this past fall. See our photos here of this vessel and others being built at Sanmar.
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