NYK has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build 12 LNG-fueled pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) at Shin Kurushima Dockyard and Nihon Shipyard, Japan.
The ships will be delivered between 2025 and 2028. The use of LNG fuel, in addition to hull modifications to improve fuel economy, will contribute to a reduction of CO2 emissions by approximately 40 percent compared to ships using conventional heavy fuel oil, said NYK.
When complete, each ship will have a capacity of between 6,800 – 7,000 car carrying units.
The company already has firm plans to launch eight LNG-fueled PCTCs by 2024.