FCC debuts LNG-powered tanker Fairchem Pioneer

Fairfield Chemical Carriers (FCC), a US operator specialising in chemical tankers, has launched the Fairchem Pioneer, its first LNG-powered stainless steel chemical tanker.

Courtesy of Fairfield Chemical Carriers

The LNG dual-fueled (DF) vessel, jointly developed by Fukuoka Shipbuilding and Fairfield Japan, a subsidiary of FCC, was launched on 7 April.

According to FCC, it boasts LNG propulsion technology that reduces carbon dioxide emissions by up to 25% compared to traditional marine fuels.

ClassNK certification society has given an A rating to the vessel, evaluating it as “the ship with high decarbonisation, environmentally friendly performance, and innovativeness.”

To note, the vessel was evaluated under the “Zero-Emission Accelerating Ship Finance” programme, jointly operated by ClassNK and the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ), which provided financing to Fukuoka Shipbuilding for the construction.

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