LPG Carrier Galaxy River Delivered

Jun. 30, 2014


Tokyo, June 30, 2014 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that it delivered the LPG carrier Galaxy River (Kawasaki hull no. 1710) to Galaxy River Shipping S.A. on June 27. This vessel is the second 82,200 m3 SEA-Arrow LPG carrier developed by Kawasaki.


  1. This vessel expanded the cargo section of the conventional 80,000 m3 LPG carrier hull to increase cargo tank capacity to 82,200 m3. Despite the expansion, the propulsion performance has also been improved.
  2. This vessel adopts Kawasaki's uniquely developed bow shape called SEA-Arrow. It significantly improves propulsion performance by minimizing bow wave resistance.
  3. The main engine powering the vessel is an energy-efficient, electronically-controlled ultra-long stroke, two-stroke low speed diesel engine, equipped with a variable turbine nozzle area (VTA) turbocharger. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The vessel is designed to be fully compliant with the New Panamax requirements and will be able to navigate the new Panama Canal once it opens.
  7. A ballast water management system using chemical solutions ensures the ocean habitat is protected from unwanted environmental effects while consuming less electric power compared with an electrolytic ballast water management system.


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