Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries has delivered new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-fueled LPG carrier Lantana Planet to compatriot shipowner Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Offshore Energy reports.

The vessel is a dual-fuel LPG carrier using LPG and low-sulfur fuel oil, and KHI’s fourth 84,000cbm LPG carrier adopting a dual-fuel main engine. It is the 69th LPG carrier built by the company.

The vessel has a length of 229.9m with a moulded breadth of 37.2m, moulded draft of 11.6m and moulded depth of 21.9m.

In recent years, in order to effectively reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from international shipping, more vessels are adopting liquefied gases as an alternative to heavy fuel oil on a global scale.

The 230m LPG carrier is powered by LPG, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and is expected to significantly reduce environmental impact. The new vessel will thus meet SOx emission standards which were strengthened in January 2020, and Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) Phase 3 regulations which will further strengthen CO2 emission standards.

Since January 2015, SOx emission restrictions in North American and European emission control areas (ECAs) have limited sulfur content in fuels to 0.1% or less.

Starting in January 2020, regulations have required ships operating in all other parts of the world to use fuel with sulfur content levels of 0.5% or less, or alternatively use equipment to reduce SOx in exhaust gases to an equivalent level.


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