K Line welcomes first LNG dual-fuel Capesize bulker

Cape Hayate, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fuel bulker built at Tsu shipyard of Japan Marine United, has been delivered to Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line).

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As informed, the vessel was delivered to the shipowner on May 30, 2024. Cape Hayate has a length of almost 300 meters, a width of 50 meters, a draft of 18 meters and 210,000 deadweight tons. It is classed by classification society ClassNK and will sail under the Japanese flag.

K Line noted that this is the first Capesize bulk carrier in the fleet to be equipped with a dual-fuel diesel engine that uses LNG as its primary fuel.

The company expects that LNG fuel will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas (GHG), by 25% to 30%, emissions of sulfur oxide (SOx), which causes air pollution, by almost 100%, and emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) by approximately 75%. By using this fuel, K Line aims to meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Tier III NOx regulations.

The vessel is equipped with the dual-fuel electronic control engine, 7X62DF-2.1 iCER, developed by engine manufacturer WinGD, which should reduce methane slip when using LNG fuel. 

Additionally, K Line plans to install Seawing, an automated kite system using wind power, to increase the effects of carbon-free technology.

To remind, in February this year, K Line revealed that it acquired French wind propulsion specialist Airseas, the company that developed Seawing.

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Cape Hayate will be engaged in carrying steel raw materials for JFE Steel Corporation under a long-term consecutive voyage charter contract.

In ‘K LINE Environmental Vision 2050 -Blue Seas for the Future’, K Line has set the 2030 interim target of improving CO2 emissions efficiency by 50% compared with 2008, surpassing the IMO target of a 40% improvement.

Furthermore, the shipper set its new target for 2050 as “The Challenge of Achieving Net-Zero GHG Emissions.”

“As an action plan, we will continue to work on the introduction of new fuels which have a low environmental impact and take on the challenge of achieving the targets we have established,” the company concluded.