Port of Hiroshima welcomes NYK’s LNG-powered PCTC

On 27 February, an LNG-fueled pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) entered the Port of Hiroshima for the first time. 

Credit: NYK

The vessel, Jasmine Leader, is NYK’s third LNG-fueled PCTC and the first of four to be delivered from China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Nanjing) Co.

Before entering port, the vessel received LNG fuel from Kaguya, an LNG-bunkering ship operated by Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation,** which is a joint venture owned by NYK and other companies.

Jasmine Leader is named after the jasmine flower, a symbol of beauty known for its rich fragrance. Desiring to realize and pass on a healthy global environment through environment-friendly transportation, NYK is naming its LNG-fueled PCTCs after flowers.

The vessel will transport finished vehicles produced by Mazda Motor Corporation, seeking to fulfill clients’ demands for a lower environmental burden in logistics.

NYK has set a long-term target of net-zero emissions of greenhouse gas (GHG) by 2050 for the NYK Group’s oceangoing businesses, and aims at launching zero-emission ships that run on low-environmental-load marine fuels, such as ammonia or hydrogen, in the future.

NYK is positioning LNG, a low-carbon marine fuel, as a bridge-solution until future zero-emission ships are realized. The company plans to take delivery of a total of 20 new LNG-fueled PCTCs by 2028.

In February 2023, China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Nanjing) Co. has delivered the first of four LNG-fuelled pure car truck carriers to Japanese shipping major NYK Line.

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