July 20, 2021
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.


 Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) has signed a long-term consecutive voyage charter with JFE Steel Corporation regarding the upcoming new built capesize bulk carrier (210,000 DWT) fueled by liquified natural gas (LNG) 
 The construction of our first LNG-fueled bulk carrier will be ordered to NIHON SHIPYARD CO., LTD. and the vessel is scheduled to be delivered in 1st half of 2024.
 The vessel is called a “next-generation vessel” coping with environmental issues. It will reduce the emissions of CO2, by 25 to 30 %, SOx by almost 100%, and NOx by around 85% with the use of LNG instead of conventional heavy fuel oil. Moreover, the vessel reaches more 40% of CO2 emission reduction in the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) which fully aligns with the reduction target of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). *¹ “K” LINE will also install “Seawing”*², an automated kite system utilizing wind power supplied by Airseas, to increase the effects of decarbonization. 

 “K” LINE has been promoting a corporative policy of “sustainable management” in terms of environment, society, and economy to satisfy global needs concerning climate change and SDGs continuously now and future. The introduction of the next-generation vessel is one of the projects within this sustainable management approach. It will be a significant step for us to stimulate the well-being of society as an integrated logistics company.

 With “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050*³, “K” LINE will flexibly and proactively listen to customer demands including environmental issues and find the best solution to contribute to the sustainable development of the society.

<Outline of the Vessel>
Dimension:approx. LOA 299.99 meters x Breadth 50.00 meters x Depth 25.00 meters x Draft 18.40meters 
D/W : approx.210,000 tons
G/T : approx.110,800

(*1)    EEDI and Regulations of SOx and NOx 

(*2)    June 7, 2019 release: 
Installation of “Seawing”, an automated kite system utilizing natural energy.

(*3)    “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 "Blue Seas For the Future" 

< Image of cape size bulk carrier fueled by liquified natural gas >

     (From stern)