LPG Carrier CRYSTAL RIVER Delivered

Jul. 14, 2017

Tokyo, July 14, 2017 – Kawasaki Heavy industries, Ltd. announced today that it delivered the CRYSTAL RIVER (Kawasaki hull no. 1732), a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier, for Astomos Energy Corporation. This is the 55th LPG carrier and the 6th LPG vessel of the same type to be built by the company.

Delivery, principal particulars, and features of the vessel are as described below.

Delivery July 14, 2017

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 46,793 t
Deadweight tonnage 54,171 t
Hold capacity 82,423 m3
Main engine One set of Kawasaki-MAN B&W 7S60ME-C8.2 diesel engine
Complement 35 people 
Classification American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) 
Country of registration Panama

Advantages Offered by the CRYSTAL RIVER

  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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