Japan’s first LNG-fueled tugboat garners recognition for NYK

By Vessels

NYK, Wing Maritime Service Corporation and Keihin Dock Co. Ltd. have jointly received the Technological Development Award at the 17th annual Logistics Environment Awards sponsored by the Japan Federation of Freight Industries (JFFI). The award recognized the environmental load reduction achieved by Japan’s first LNG-fueled tugboat, Sakigake. This is the third time since 2009 that NYK has been honored at this annual awards ceremony.

Japan’s first LNG-fueled tugboat garners recognition for NYK

NYK has been conducting technical research and development on the use of LNG to fuel ships in order to meet the tightened regulations on CO2 emissions from vessels. Sakigake, which was delivered in August 2015 and comes equipped with dual-fuel engines that can use either LNG or diesel oil, was highly evaluated by the JFFI because LNG fuel has much less of an environmental impact compared with heavy fuel oil.

In accordance with the NYK Group’s “More Than Shipping 2018” medium-term management plan, NYK has been implementing a number of creative solutions, such as the construction of the world’s first LNG-fueled car carrier and LNG bunkering vessel. NYK has also teamed with Engie and the Mitsubishi Corporation to develop the LNG bunkering business, and will contribute to the continuing promotion and development of LNG fuel for ships for reduced environmental loads.

Source: NYK Line