Delivery of Newly Developed LNG Transport Vessel MARVEL EAGLE

Oct. 19, 2018

Tokyo, October 19, 2018 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. today delivered the MARVEL EAGLE (Kawasaki hull no. 1728), a 155,000 m3 capacity liquefied natural gas (LNG) transport vessel for use by Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

The first of Kawasaki's line of 155,000 m3 capacity LNG carriers to be commissioned, this ship is designed to enable passage through the newly expanded Panama Canal, which opened for full operations in 2016. The MARVEL EAGLE will be used by Mitsui & Co., Ltd., primarily to transport LNG procured via the American Cameron LNG Project. While preserving hull dimensions to enable docking at major LNG terminals around the world, Kawasaki has optimized this vessel's hull structure to decrease overall ship weight. Furthermore, the company has adopted a two-propulsion motor, twin-screw propulsion system to achieve the best propulsive performance possible, while also integrating a DFD electric propulsion system* which increases fuel efficiency at all speeds.

Moving forward, Kawasaki will continue to pursue shipbuilding operations in light of the anticipated rise in demand for LNG and other clean-energy fuels.

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

Delivery October 19, 2018
Principal Particulars
Length overall 299.90 m
Length perpendiculars 286.00 m
Molded breadth 48.90 m
Molded depth 27.00 m
Molded draft 11.80 m
Gross tonnage 128,917
Deadweight 74,722 t
Tank cargo capacity 156,059 m3 (at -163°C, 100% capacity)
Main propulsion system 2 propulsion motors, 2 reduction gears
Speed Approx. 19.5 kn
Complement 44 people
Class Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)
Registry Panama


  1. This LNG carrier, designed to pass through the newly expanded Panama Canal, is equipped with four independent Moss LNG tanks for a total cargo capacity of 156,059 m3.
  2. The MARVEL EAGLE uses a DFD electric propulsion system,* which enables greater fuel efficiency than the existing steam turbine plant design. Moreover, the inclusion of a two- motor, twin-screw propulsion system enables high propulsive performance at a wide range of different speeds.
  3. The thermal insulation system of the LNG tanks adopts the proprietary Kawasaki Panel System developed in-house, which offers outstanding heat insulation performance for an LNG boil-off rate of no more than approximately 0.08% per day.
  4. The cargo tank section is protected by a double-hull and double-bottom design, so even if the carrier's hull were to sustain damage the LNG tanks within would remain safe and undamaged.
  5. The bridge is designed with state-of-the-art electronic navigation equipment concentrated in one location for greater ease of operation as well as panoramic windows offering a 360-degree view to the outside.

* The dual fuel diesel (DFD) engine is capable of burning both oil and gas, whereas a conventional generator engine can only burn oil for fuel. The propulsion system comprises multiple generator diesel engines and variable-speed propulsion motors. 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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