164,700 m³ LNG Carrier Ordered

Dec. 11, 2014


Tokyo, December 11, 2014 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that it has received an order for a 164,700 m3 LNG carrier from Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line). The vessel is to be built at Kawasaki's Sakaide Shipyard and slated for completion in the latter half of 2016. It will be used to transport LNG produced in the Freeport LNG project that Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. is working on in the State of Texas.

The LNG carrier on order is a Moss-type LNG carrier with a 164,700 m3 cargo tank capacity developed by Kawasaki. It is the second vessel of the LNG carrier ordered by "K" Line in March of last year and the third order for this type of vessel.

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, the Moss-type LNG carrier offers a perfect solution to respond to the diversification of LNG trade. The vessel boasts enhanced propulsion performance due to an optimized hull structure that has made it lighter than ever as well as an optimized hull shape. Furthermore, its main engine also comes equipped with the Kawasaki Advanced Reheat Turbine Plant* for improved transport efficiency.

The vessels’ principal particulars are outlined below.
Length: Approx. 293 m
Molded breadth: 48.9 m
Tank capacity: 164,700 m3
Speed: 19.5 knot
Boil-off rate: 0.08 %/day

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

* This steam turbine plant achieves a dramatic increase in thermal efficiency by utilizing a reheat cycle whereby steam that was used to drive the high-pressure turbine is returned to the boiler to be reheated, and then sent back to the medium-pressure turbine. An LNG carrier equipped with the first Kawasaki Advanced Reheat Turbine Plant was commissioned in September 2011. The steam turbine plant powering the new LNG carrier has been further improved using data obtained through the sea trial and actual operation of the first plant.


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