LPG Carrier Sumire Gas Delivered

Nov. 30, 2016



Tokyo, November 30, 2016 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today its delivery to Astomos Energy Corporation of the NS FRONTIER (Kawasaki hull no. 1730), a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier. This is the fourth 82,200 m2 SEA-Arrow (Sharp Entrance Angle bow as an Arrow) vessel, an LPG carrier type developed by Kawasaki, to be delivered by the company.

The delivery date, principal particulars and advantages offered by this LPG carrier are as follows.

Delivery November 30, 2016

Principal Particulars
Length overall 229.90 m
Length between perpendiculars 226.00 m
Molded breadth 37.20 m
Molded depth 21.00 m
Molded draft 11.20 m
Gross tonnage 46,885 t
Deadweight tonnage 54,312 t
Hold capacity 82,402 m3
Main engine One set of Kawasaki-MAN B&W 7S60ME-C8.2 diesel engine
Complement 29 people 
Classification Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) 
Country of registration Panama



Advantages Offered by the NS FRONTIER

  1. This vessel adopts Kawasaki's uniquely developed bow shape called SEA-Arrow, which significantly improves propulsion performance by minimizing bow wave resistance.
  2. The main engine powering the vessel is an energy-efficient, electronically-controlled, ultra-long-stroke, two-stroke low-speed diesel engine. In addition, the Kawasaki rudder bulb system with fins (RBS-F) and the semi-duct system with contra fins (SDS-F) contribute to reducing fuel consumption.
  3. Four independent cargo tanks are installed in the cargo holds for carrying liquefied petroleum gas. The tanks are designed to provide optimal thermal insulation and absorb low-temperature contraction.
  4. The cargo tanks are made with special cryogenic steel for loading LPG with a minimum temperature of –46°C. The tanks are wrapped in urethane foam for thermal insulation.
  5. The vessel is designed to be fully compliant with the New Panamax requirements and is able to navigate the newly expanded Panama Canal, which was completed in June 2016.

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