First Order Received for the Newly Developed 155,000 m³ -type LNG Carriers

Sep. 29, 2014

Tokyo, September 29, 2014 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that it has signed a shipbuilding contract with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. for two 155,000 m3-type LNG Carriers. The vessels will be built at the Sakaide Shipyard and delivered between 2017 and 2018.

These vessels — newly developed twin-screw, MOSS-type LNG Carriers with a cargo tank capacity of 155,000 m3 — were ordered by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in connection with the Cameron LNG project in the United States, and will be used to transport LNG mainly to Japanese customers.

Featuring a hull size capable of entering the world’s major LNG terminals and a breadth capable of passing through the new Panama Canal, which is scheduled to reopen in 2016, these MOSS-type LNG Carriers offer a perfect solution to respond to the diversification of LNG trade.

The new vessels also come loaded with various improvements to deliver maximum propulsion performance, including a lighter weight enabled by an optimized hull structure, the adoption of a twin-screw system and an optimized hull shape. In addition, a DFD electric propulsion system* has been adopted to increase fuel efficiency at any vessel speeds.

The vessels’ principal particulars are outlined below.
Length: Approx. 300 m
Molded breadth: 48.9 m
Tank capacity: 155,300 m3
Speed: 19.5 knot

Kawasaki will continue to actively pursue its shipbuilding operations in light of the expected rise in demand for LNG and other clean energy fuels.

* DFD Electric Propulsion System

The dual fuel diesel (DFD) engine is capable of burning both oil and gas while a conventional generator engine can only burn oil as fuel. The propulsion system is comprised of a number of generator diesel engines, variable speed propulsion motors and other components. Either gas or oil is supplied to the engines to generate electricity, which drives the propulsion motors that power the propeller.


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