Japan’s NYK Line has ordered two dual-fuel very large gas carriers (VLGCs) from compatriot builder Kawasaki Heavy Industries that will be able to transport both liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and ammonia.

To be delivered in 2024, the twin 86,700m3 vessels will be equipped with separate LPG and ammonia tanks to respond to future trade patterns, with the demand for ammonia expected to increase substantially.

Both ships will be powered by LPG-burning main engines, with a notation that they may burn ammonia in the future, and will also be equipped with shaft generators for electrical supply.

Report by Jim Shaw

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