First LNG-Powered PCTC Arrives at Hiroshima Port
For the first time, a pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) powered by LNG has docked at the Hiroshima port. NYK's Jasmine Leader, the third PCTC fueled by LNG, has arrived, and it is the first of four ships to be delivered from China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Nanjing) Co. Ltd.
The vessel received LNG fuel from Kaguya, an LNG-bunkering ship operated by Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation, a joint venture owned by NYK and other companies, before entering port.
NYK is naming its LNG-fueled PCTCs after flowers to symbolise its desire to realise and pass on a healthy global environment through environment-friendly transportation. Jasmine Leader, the vessel in question, is named after the jasmine flower, which is renowned for its beauty and rich fragrance.
The purpose of Jasmine Leader is to transport finished vehicles manufactured by Mazda Motor Corporation, fulfilling customers' demands for reduced environmental impact in logistics.
On the same day, Mazda Motor Corporation and NYK-related parties attended a commemoration ceremony to celebrate the vessel's arrival at Hiroshima port and wish it safe voyages for its lifetime.
NYK Group's oceangoing businesses have set a target of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 and plan to launch zero-emission ships powered by low-environmental-load marine fuels, including hydrogen or ammonia, in the future. Until then, the company considers LNG, a low-carbon marine fuel, as a bridge solution to minimise carbon emissions.
The company is committed to its Sail GREEN brand and intends to obtain 20 new LNG-fueled PCTCs by 2028. NYK's ultimate goal is to realise environment-friendly transportation, and it sees LNG as a vital step towards achieving that goal.
Source: NYK Line